UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences / Saucier + Perrotte architectes & HCMA

© Marc Cramer

Architects: Saucier + Perrotte architectes + HCMA
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Project Architect: Bill Uhrich () / Craig Lane ()
Architectural Concept And Design: Gilles Saucier (S+P)
Managing Principals: André Perrotte (S+P), Roger Hughes (HCMA)
Design Coordinator: David Moreaux (S+P)
Year: 2012
Area: 27,311 sqm
Photographs: Marc Cramer

Whale House / rzlbd

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Courtesy of Atelier

Architects: rzlbd
Location: , Ontario, Canada
Project Team: Reza Aliabadi, Ladan Niknam, Lailee Soleimani
Project Manager: Amin Sheivari
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Atelier rzlbd

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Brock University / Payette – ArchitectsAlliance

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Architects: Payette – ArchitectsAlliance
Location: , ON,
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 174,000 sq ft
Photographs: Courtesy of Payette

‘Harvest Wave’ Exhibition for the Sukkahville Design Competition / Various Architects

Courtesy of Andrew McGregor, Robert Miller, Raymond Bourraine, Teresa Cacho

Andrew McGregor, Robert Miller, Raymond Bourraine, and Teresa Cacho were recently named as the second prize winner in the Sukkahville Design Competition in . Organized by the Kehilla Residential Programme, five finalists were given the opportunity to build their designs for an exhibition with the challenge to design a temporary structure constructed for use annually during the week-long Jewish festival of Sukkot. Representing many conceptual themes surrounding the essential nature of dwelling, this proposal for an innovative Sukkah design delicately balances the inherent dichotomies of new/old, open/closed, and temporary/permanent. More images can be viewed after the break.

In Progress: Theatre at Nathan Phillips Square / Perkins+Will

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Architects: Perkins+Will
Location: , ON, Canada
Project Area: 910.0 sqm
Photographs: Steven Evans

Re:think Housing Competition Entry / Jessie Andjelic, Albert Dijk and Philip Vandermey

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With the aim to generate a broader discussion of possibilities for Vancouver’s affordable housing crisis, Jessie Andjelic, and submitted their Meta Vancouverism and Vancouver Islands proposal for the Re:think Housing competition held by the City of Vancouver. These concepts are focused on on being grenade projects in response to perceived contradictions within dominant themes of Vancouver urban planning – affordability, sustainability, nature, speculative urbanism, sprawl and the condo rush. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Tisse Métis Égal / PLUX.5

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Architects: PLUX.5
Location: Montreal, Quebec,
Design Team: Étienne Bernier, Olivier Bourgeois, Marianne Charbonneau, Jean-Bruno Morissette and Jean-Philippe Saucier
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Alexandre Guilbeault

‘Pop Rocks: Soft Urban Boulder Field’ Installation / Matthew Soules Architecture + AFJD Studio

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Covering a full city block in the center of downtown , , Pop Rocks is a temporary installation fabricated entirely from post-consumer and post-industrial waste from the metropolitan region. A collaboration between Matthew Soules Architecture and AFJD Studio (Amber Frid-Jimenez & Joe Dahmen), the project engages tactically with these materials to produce soft forms that extend the typical range of active and passive social activities, fostering unexpected social encounters and new perspectives on the city. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Libeskind’s “L Tower” Tops Out

“L Tower” in progress.

Yesterday, October 10, Studio Daniel Libeskind celebrated the “Topping Off” ceremony for ’s “L Tower” with aerial acrobatics dancing across the North face of the structure. The 58-storey skyscraper, located at the intersection of Yonge Street and The Esplanade, is part of the redevelopment of the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. It was designed to be an architectural transition between the towers of the financial district to the west and the historic residential St. Lawrence neighborhood to the east.  A 5000 square-feet public plaza along the redevelopment’s west side will serve as an additional public space for the theater, L Tower residents and the downtown community. Continue reading for more.

Chelsea Hill House / Kariouk Associates

Courtesy of Photolux Studios

Architects: Kariouk Associates
Location: , Québec, Canada
Architectural Team: Paul Kariouk, Chris Davis, Susan Gardiner, Cedric Boulet
Photographs: Courtesy of Photolux Studios

Gallery House / rzlbd

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Architects: rzlbd
Location: , ON,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: borXu Design

Gehry and Mirvish unveil Toronto ‘Sculptures’

View from the southwest © Gehry International Inc.

David Mirvish, founder of Mirvish Productions, and -born starchitect have officially unveiled a massive, mixed-use project that will transform Toronto’s downtown arts and entertainment district. The multi-phase project will significantly alter the city’s skyline with three, “sculptural” residential towers perched atop two, six story podiums.

Mirvish describes, “I am not building three towers, I am building three sculptures that people can live in.”

Continue reading to learn more.

Bloc_10 / 5468796 Architecture

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Architects: 5468796 Architecture
Location: , Manitoba,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: James Brittain, Lisa Stinner

Alexandre Vachon Pavillon / STGM Architectes

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Architects: STGM Architectes
Location: Québec City, Québec,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Stéphane Groleau

La Luge / YH2 Architecture

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Architects: YH2 Architecture
Location: La Conception, Laurentides, Québec,
Design Team: François Bélanger, Marie-Claude Hamelin, Loukas Yiacouvakis
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Francis Pelletier

Top Firms shortlisted to design Canadian Art Center

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The Winnipeg Art Gallery has selected six architectural teams to be shortlisted for the design of its new Inuit Art and Learning Center (IALC). The Center will house the ’s celebrated collection of contemporary Inuit art, the largest of its kind in the world, and the Studio Art and Learning programs.

Selected from 64 international submissions, the six shortlisted teams are:

Moore Studio / Omar Gandhi Architect

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Architects: Omar Gandhi Architect
Location: Hubbards, Nova Scotia,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Greg Richardson Photography, Mike Burns, Courtesy of

Shantih / Omar Gandhi Architect

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Architects: Omar Gandhi Architect
Location: Hunts Point, Nova Scotia,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Greg Richardson Photography