The Bank of Canada to Receive Controversial Renovation

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In this interesting report in the Ottawa Citizen, Maria Cook exposes the plan to renovate the Arthur Erickson-designed Bank of Building in Ottawa. The existing building, which features a public atrium complete with a tropical garden, is being extensively remodeled to improve security and building performance, although arguably at great cost to the design. Cook exposes how the bank turned down a prestigious design award in 2011 as it was already at that point privately considering the changes, and explains how its privileged position – related to the government but not controlled by it – effectively means that the bank has nobody it has to answer to who might stop these plans. You can read the full article here.

Stacey-Turley Residence / Kariouk

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Architects: Kariouk
Location: Ottawa, ON,
Architect In Charge: Paul duBellet
Design Team: Chris Davis, David King, Sarah McMurtry, Dimitar Mehandjiev, Adam Paquette
Year: 2013
Photographs: Christian Lalonde

Anne-Marie Edward Science Building at John Abbott College / Saucier + Perrotte architectes

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Architects: Saucier + Perrotte architectes
Location: John Abbott College, 21275 Lakeshore Road, , QC H9X 3L9, Canada
Lead Design Architect: Gilles Saucier
Principal In Charge: Andre Perrotte
Project Architect: Trevor Davies
Project Team: Dominique Dumais, Vedanta Balbahadur, Yutaro Minagawa, Olivier Krieger, Marie-Eve Primeau, Patrice Begin, Guillaume Sasseville, Christiane Reuter
Structural: SDK
Mechanical: Pageau Morel
Electrical: Pageau Morel
Area: 10400.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Marc Cramer, Olivier Blouin

Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre / KPMB Architects

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Architects: KPMB Architects
Location: 200 University Avenue West, University of , , ON N2L 3G1,
Architect In Charge: Marianne McKenna
Area: 26500.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Doublespace Photography, James Brittain

Lajeunesse Residence / NatureHumaine

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Architects: NatureHumaine
Location: Montreal, Quebec,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adrien Williams

Sherbourne Common / PFS Studio

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Architects: PFS Studio
Location: Toronto, ON,
Design Team: The Planning Partnership, Jill Anholt Studio, Teeple Architects
Client: Waterfront Toronto
Year: 2011
Photographs: Tom Arban, Courtesy of , Courtesy of Waterfront Toronto, Aristea Rizakos

Orillia Public Library / Perkins+Will

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Architects: Perkins+Will
Location: Orillia, Ontario,
Area: 42,000 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ben Rahn / A-Frame, Tom Arban

Shortlist Announced for Canadian Holocaust Monument

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and David Adjaye, as well as four other shortlisted teams, are competing to design the National Holocaust Monument in Canada. Planned to be built in a prominent site in the heart of Ottawa, near the Canadian War Museum, the $4.5 million monument is expected for completion in 2015.

The jury, made up of internationally renowned art and design professionals, a representative from the National Holocaust Monument Development Council and a Holocaust survivor, chose the following six teams as finalists:

“Pierrefonds Library” Winning Entry / Chevalier Morales Architectes

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Chevalier Morales Architectes, in collaboration with DMA Architectes, has won the competition for the design of the Pierrefonds Library in Quebec. The project called for a complete renovation of the existing building to achieve LEED Gold certification and a 2,316 square meter extension that would include new document management technologies. The team’s building design was inspired by Pierrefonds’ old master plans as well as the economic pragmatism of shopping malls.

La Sentinelle / NatureHumaine

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Architects: NatureHumaine
Location: Lac de la Cabane, Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adrien Williams

Espace St-Denis / Anne Sophie Goneau

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Architects: Anne Sophie Goneau
Location: , QC,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adrien Williams

Student Residence Paul Lafleur / Bisson | Associés Architects

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Location: Saint-Irénée, QC,
Architect In Charge: Jonathan Bisson
Design Team: Julie Dubé, Caroline Lajoie, Jacques Dion, Chloé Barabé-Pépin, Geneviève Gagnon, Patrick Gosselin, Véronique Boulet & Éric Maurand
Project Manager : Roche Construction
Photographs: Stephane Groleau

Solar Decathlon 2013: Team Alberta Designs Modular Home for Remote Locations

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, Team Alberta’s entry to the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013, addresses the housing needs of professionals working in remote locations. This modular house was designed in consideration of severe housing shortages and high housing costs driven by booming industries in northern Canada. Named after the iconic Northern Lights and lush Boreal forest, Borealis is designed to be sustainable and ecologically sensitive.

Fogo Island Inn / Saunders Architecture

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Architects: Saunders Architecture
Location: Main Street, Fogo, NL A0G,
Local Architects: Sheppard Case Architects
Design Team: Todd Saunders, Ryan Jørgensen, Joseph Kellner, Attila Béres, Nick Herder
Area: 4,500 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Iwan Baan, Alex Fradkin

SoupeSoup / Henri Cleinge

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Architects: Henri Cleinge
Location: , QC,
Area: 3,500 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Henri Cleinge

Gulf Islands Residence / RUFproject

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Architects: RUFproject
Location: British Columbia,
Architect In Charge: Sean Pearson, Alyssa Schwann
General Contractor: H.Hazenboom Construction Ltd.
Structural Engineer: Parallel Consulting Structural Engineers Ltd.
Mechanical Engineer: Jade West Engineering Co. Ltd.
Geotechnical Engineer: Braun Geotechnical Ltd.
Year: 2011
Photographs: Ivan Hunter

Duchess Park Secondary School / HCMA

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Architects: HCMA
Location: , British Columbia,
Area: 11,040 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of HCMA

Tetris House / rzlbd

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Architects: rzlbd
Location: , ON,
Project Team: Reza Aliabadi, Ehsan Zareian
Area: 3,000 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of borXu Design