Gehry and Mirvish unveil Toronto ‘Sculptures’

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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.”

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Bloc_10 / 5468796 Architecture

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Architects: 5468796 Architecture
Location: , Manitoba, Canada
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

York University Learning Commons / Levitt Goodman Architects

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Architects: Levitt Goodman Architects
Location: Scott Library, York University, , Canada
Architect In Charge: Brock James
Design Team: Kris Payne, Amanda Reed
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Bob Gundu, Ben Rahn © A-Frame Inc.

Oakville Residence / Guido Costantino

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Architects: Guido Costantino
Location: ,
Designer: Guido Costantino
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Domenica Rodà

Update: Jardin de la Connaissance / 100Landschaftsarchitektur

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Established in June 2010, 100Landschaftsarchitektur shared with us the current status of Jardin de la Connaissance which is still up and thriving. With the knowledge truly disappearing into the forest, the book structures have decayed in the natural setting, but have also provided various micro-environments for a range of local creatures. Interacting with the forest, seedlings and insects have activated the walls, carpets and benches while mushrooms – those cultivated and those who have come by themselves – have made the garden their home. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Venice Biennale 2012: Migrating Landscapes / Canada Pavilion

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We visited “Migrating Landscapes”, the installation at the Canada pavilion for the 13th Venice Biennale. This exhibit has been organized and curated by Winnipeg- based 5468796 Architecture and Jae-Sung Chon, who joined together for this project to form the Migrating Landscapes Organizer (MLO). MLO invited, through a national competition, young Canadian architects and designers from a wide range of cultural and educational backgrounds to create scale models of ‘dwellings’ and accompanying videos that draw on cultural memories.

The installation uses pieces of unfinished wood in different sizes, a wooden landscape, where each of the participants “fit” their projects and a panel with a short video. A mix between the roughness of the wood, and the precision you can achieve with this material. My favorite? The Pickle House.

You can find more details about this exhibit in our previous article. More photos by ArchDaily after the break, and soon an interview with the curators!

Campus 54 / Pelletier de Fontenay

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The Campus 54 office building, designed by Pelletier de Fontenay, aims to create a setting where spaces for leisure, stimulation, relaxation, health, nature and ad hoc encounters would seamlessly blend into the work spaces. At the heart of this project is the notion of the campus. Planned as a multi-tenant office complex for over 4000 employees, the first challenge was to keep an intimate, personal feeling within such a large building. The strategy was to use the scale of the project as an opportunity to create the complexity and variety desired. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Movement Disorder Clinic / Cohlmeyer Architecture Limited

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Architects: Cohlmeyer Architecture Limited
Location: , Manitoba, Canada
Project Year: 2006
Project Area: 6,000 sq ft
Photographs: Courtesy of Cohlmeyer Architecture

Le Massif de Charlevoix Train Station / STGM Architectes

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

Beachaus II / Inhaus Development

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Architects: Inhaus Development
Location: White Rock, BC,
Architect In Charge: Chris Pardo
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 2,001 sq ft
Photographs: Courtesy of Inhaus Development

Films & Architecture: “Manufactured Landscapes”

is a Canadian photographer whose work is focused on industrial (and post- industrial) landscapes. His pictures were so inspiring that moved  in 2004 to record a documentary based on them. The result is an impressive film full of really powerful images that questions the limits between natural and artificial.

It seems to be a premonitory view of the current development issues, where the scale of industrialisation processes is such large that is capable to generate a whole new environment. A totally new landscape.

Let us know about your ideas of these “manufactured landscapes” and what can we do with these spaces afterwards?

Salvation Army Harbour Light / Diamond Schmitt Architects

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Architects: Diamond Schmitt Architects
Location: , ON,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 86,000 sq ft
Photographs: Tom Arban

Public Art Sculpture Mirage / Paul Raff Studio

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Internationally acclaimed artist and architect Paul Raff just unveiled a permanent sculpture at the opening of the Waterfront Underpass Park on August 2. Suspended overhead of pedestrians, large scale mirror-like surfaces create an illusory appearance, which bends light rays to produce a displaced image much like a mirage.  More images and architects’ description after the break.