Toronto Union Station: Go Transit Roof Proposal / Zeidler Partnership Architects

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As the ‘last piece of the puzzle’ at ’s Union Station, the renovation of the train shed roof covering the passenger platforms and tracks which connects GO Transit’s Union Station Bus Terminal to the station building delivers part of the “The Big Move” promise, Metrolinx’s twenty-five year regional transportation plan for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). Designed by Zeidler Partnership Architects, their train shed roof was recently awarded with a 2012 Canadian Architect Award. Most of the 8.6-acre train shed roof is being refurbished, and the central portion is being removed and replaced with a new glass atrium to celebrate the station. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability / Perkins + Will

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Architects: Perkins + Will
Location: , British Columbia,
Design Team: Peter Busby, Martin Nielsen, Maginnis Cocivera, Sebastien Garon, Brian Gasmena, Jörk Grävenstein, Horace Lai, Blair McCarry, Z Smith
Area: 5,675 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Martin Tessler

Carling Residence / Tact Architecture

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Architects: Tact Architecture
Location: Georgian Bay, Ontario,
Project Manager: Michael Krus
Design Team: Michael Krus, Prish Jain, Barry Hajder
Engineers: Jain and Associates, Soscia Engineering Limited
Contractor: Pegah Construction Ltd
Area: 3600.0 ft2
Year: 2010
Photographs: Terence Tourangeau

2013 Mellon Lecture

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Taking place this Thursday, March 7th, at 6:00pm, the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) will present the first 2013 Mellon Lecture, a free event, featuring Japanese architect Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, founding partner of Atelier Bow-Wow in Tokyo with Momoyo Kaijima. Yoshiharu Tsukamoto will present his concept of Architectural Behavior, which investigates the physical responses to natural elements such as light, air, heat, wind, water, human behavior related to custom, and the way in which buildings relate to the city and their surroundings. For more information, please visit here.

BLUE Communication Office / Jean Guy Chabauty + Anne Sophie Goneau

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Architects: Anne Sophie Goneau, Jean Guy Chabauty
Location: Montreal,
Designers: Jean Guy Chabauty and
Year: 2012
Photographs: Stéphane Groleau

Alpine Cabin / Scott & Scott Architects

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Architects: Scott & Scott Architects
Location: ,
Architects In Charge: Susan Scott, David Scott
Area: 100 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Scott & Scott Architects

The Beaumont House / Henri Cleinge

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Architects: Henri Cleinge
Location: ,
Design Team: Henri Cleinge, Michel Lefebvre
Structural Engineer : César Zelaya
General Contractor: Bâtitu
Area: 3200.0 ft2
Year: 2011
Photographs: Marc Cramer

Cedarvale Ravine House / Drew Mandel Architects

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Architects: Drew Mandel Architects
Location: Toronto, Ontario,
Design Team: Drew Mandel, Allison Gonsalves, Jowenne Poon
Structural Engineering: Blackwell Bowick Partnership Ltd.
Builder: Samaryn Homes: Amnon Sarkozi, Andrej Paulik (site supervisor)
Area: 3250.0 ft2
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Drew Mandel Architects

City Design Panel Endorses BIG’s Mixed-Use Vancouver Tower

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A BIG step forward for Vancouver’s latest mixed-use tower making international headlines, as the 497-foot tall Beach and Howe proposal has received an “enthusiastic endorsement” from the city’s design panel.

Commissioned by Canada’s real estate mogul Ian Gillespie of Westbank, the Bjarke Ingles Group-designed tower promises to add a foreign twist to Vancouver’s skyline and create a new identity for an undefined section of town at the fringe of the city’s area. The 700,000 square foot complex – which contains shopping, social housing and market rental apartments – was praised by the panel for anchoring itself on a nine-story podium that occupies the disused, interstitial spaces found between the Granville Street Bridge’s entry and exit ramps.

More after the break…

POP-UP Office Installation / Dubbeldam Architecture + Design

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Exploring the evolving way in which we work, the POP-UP Office is an installation by DUBBELDAM Architecture + Design that uses modular units that can be combined in different ways. The result is a workspace that is simultaneously bare bones and tailored to the individual. This design becomes a great response to the profound shift in the way we work; when all we need is a surface to work on and a place to plug in, the working environment is no longer static. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Irène / KANVA

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Architects: KANVA
Location: ,
Area: 85,200 sqft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jimmy Hamelin, Marc Cramer, Courtesy of KANVA

Chilliwack / Randy Bens Architect

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Architects: Randy Bens Architect
Location: , British Columbia, Canada
Structural Engineer: Ennova Structural Engineers Inc.
Millwork: Platinum Millwork
Flooring / Stone: Inter Source Trading Corporation
Area: 300 sqft
Year: 2011
Photographs: Roger Brooks Photography

Cahier d’Exercices / Saucier + Perrotte Architectes

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Architects: Saucier + Perrotte Architectes
Location: Old , , QC,
Client: Cahier d’Exercices
Area: 1,600 sq ft
Photographs: Marc Cramer, Gilles Saucier

House 4249 / DGBK Architects

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Architects: DGBK Architects
Location: West , BC, Canada
Area: 422.6 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Wade Comer

Nova Scotia Power Corporate Headquarters / WZMH Architects

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Architects: WZMH Architects
Location: Lower Water Street, Halifax, Canada
Design Team: Jay Bigelow, Carl Blanchaer, John White, Harrison Chan, Arnaldo Zaragoza, Jee-Young Kang, Han Tang, Grace El-Khoury, Max Veneracion, Ronald Baga, Ken Price, Janet Nowakowski
Area: 193,000 sq ft
Year: 2011
Photographs: Tom Arban, Greg Richardson, RPM Productions

New Edinburgh House / Christopher Simmonds Architect

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Architects: Christopher Simmonds Architect
Location: , ON,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Doublespace Photography

Warming Huts v.2013 Competition Winners

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Warming Huts, an open art and architecture competition on ice – has selected five huts that best “push the envelope of design, craft and art” for it’s 2013 edition. Selected from over 100 entries, these winning proposals will be constructed in January alongside the longest naturally frozen skating trail in the world: the Assiniboine Credit Union River Trail in Winnipeg, Canada.

Three of the huts were chosen from the open submission process, one from a separate University of Manitobacompetition, and one is being designed by award-winning firm Atelier Big City. Review them all after the break.

House on Limekiln Line / Studio Moffitt

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Architects: Studio Moffitt
Location: Huron County, ON,
Architect In Charge: Lisa Moffitt
Structural Engineer: Blackwell Engineering, Cory Zurrell
Off Grid Consultant: Nick Treanor
General Construction: Peter Long
Client: Maggie Treanor
Area: 85 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Gabriel Li, Shai Gil