La Maison Symphonique de Montréal / Diamond Schmitt Architects

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Architects: Diamond Schmitt Architects, Aedifica
Location: Montreal, Québec,
Project Team: A.J. Diamond, Gary McCluskie, Matthew Lella, Michael Treacy, Earle Briggs, Eric Lucassen, Jessie Waese, Cynthia Carbonneau, Marcin Ludwik Sztaba, Gary Watson
Acoustic Consultants: Artec
Project Year: 2011
Renderings: Cicada Design
Photographs: Tom Arban

Fraser Residence / Christopher Simmonds Architect

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Architects: Christopher Simmonds Architect
Location: Westboro Village, Ottawa, , Canada
Project Name: Fraser Residence
Project Type: Urban Infill – Single Family Home
Completion Date: January 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Christopher Simmonds Architect

CANMET Material Technology Laboratory / Diamond Schmitt Architects

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Architects: Diamond Schmitt Architects
Location: Hamilton, Ontario,
Structural Engineer: RJC Consulting Engineers
Mechanical Consultant: Cobalt Engineers
General Contractor: Ellis Don
Project Area: 165,000 square-feet
Project Year: 2011
Photos: Peter A. Sellar

SMEC Soccer Complex Winning Proposal / Saucier + Perrotte & Hughes Condon Marler Architects

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The mayor of Montréal, Gérald Tremblay, recently announced the winning project in the architecture competition for the new indoor soccer center at the Saint-Michel Environmental Complex (SMEC). The jury has chosen the concept developed by Saucier + Perrotte & Hughes Condon Marler Architects from among the four submitted by the finalist firms. The daring and creative project is one more step toward the completion of this long-awaited project, which will provide Montrealers with access to a sports center that is not only functional but boasts a modern design meeting the highest standards of quality. This public building, a testament to the talent of our local architects, will be incorporated into the SMEC, one of the largest parks in Montréal. More images and project description after the break.

Vancouver Chinese Evangelical Church / Acton Ostry Architects

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Architects: Acton Ostry Architects Inc
Location: , British Columbia, Canada
Size: 32,000 square feet
Completion Date: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Acton Ostry Architects

Warming Huts v.2012 Competition Winners

FIVE-HOLE by Gehry Partners

Warming Huts v.2012, an arts and architecture competition on ice in , Canada, recently announced the winners which demonstrate a collection of varying interpretations of shelter.

Frank Gehry will design a hut made from large blocks of ice entitled, FIVE-HOLE. The blocks are slated to be shipped from especially for Gehry’s project. Three huts were chosen from over 40 other entries in the open design competition. The winning designs, WIND CATCHER, Ice Pillows, and ROPE Pavilion represent Norway, Czech Republic and New York respectively. The fifth and final hut, entitled HOTHUT, came from a call to University of Manitoba Architecture students who competed in teams for the final coveted spot. More images and information on the winning proposals after the break.

Salt Building / Acton Ostry Architects

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Architects: Acton Ostry Architects Inc
Location: , British Columbia
Size: 14,000 square feet
Completion: 2009
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Killarney Ice Rink + Lobby / Acton Ostry Architects

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Architects: Acton Ostry Architects Inc
Location: , British Columbia
Size: 40,000 square feet
Completion Date: 2009
Photographs: Nic Lehoux

Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence (ACCE) / Diamond Schmitt Architects & Edward J. Cuhaci And Associates Architects Inc.

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Architect: Diamond Schmitt Architects & Edward J. Cuhaci And Associates Architects Inc.
Location: Ottawa,
Project Area: 194,000 sqf
Project Year: 2011
Photos: Tom Arban

AIA selects George Baird recipient of 2012 Topaz Medallion

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The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Board of Directors and the Association of Collegiate Schools for Architecture (ACSA) has selected George Baird, Intl. Assoc. AIA recipient of the 2012 AIA/ACSA Topaz Award for excellence in architectural education. Baird is known for his extensive association with the University of Toronto’s architecture school and for being one of ’s most celebrated architects. His award-winning firm Baird Sampson Neuert was founded in in 1972.

Hill-Maheux Cottage / Kariouk Associates

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Architects: Kariouk Associates
Location: Val-des-Monts, Quebec,
Project Year: 2010
General Contracter: Timber Wolf (Donald Thom)
Structural Engineering: The Paterson Group (Zbig Kisilewicz)
Curtain Wall Supplier: Verval Ltee (Charles-Armand Turpin)
Geotechnical Consultant: The Paterson Group (Laird Stewart)
Photographs: Photolux Studios (Christian Lalonde)

Astral Media / Lemay Associés

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Architects: Lemay Associés
Location: , Canada
Client: Astral Media
General Contractor: Patella inc.
Engineers: Planifitech Inc. (electro-mechanical engineering) and Nicolet Chartrand Knoll limitée (structural/civil engineering)
Project Area: 6,000 sqm
Photographs: Claude-Simon Langlois

In the spring of 2010, Astral Media relocated approximately 350 employees to four floors in the heart of the action in downtown Montreal. The goals of this large-scale project included elaborating new furniture standards, fitting up flexible meeting spaces and optimizing employee interconnectivity in a contemporary, energetic and versatile working environment.

Les Terrasses Cap-á-l’aigle: Where Architecture and Nature Connect / MU Architecture

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Architects: MU Architecture
Location: Charlevoix Region, ,
Client’s Name: Florent Moser
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Ulysse Lemerise Bouchard

The residential development project Les Terrasses Cap-à-l’Aigle was born from a passion for the great open spaces and natural beauty of the Charlevoix region in 2009. Florent Moser and Alain Rajotte, both entrepreneurs as well as ardent lovers of the region, have created a unique residential development project that unites nature and architecture to provide a haven of peace and rejuvenation for its future owners and tenants.

La Face Cachée de La Pomme / Fournier Gersovitz Moss Drolet et Associés Architectes

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Architects: Fournier Gersovitz Moss Drolet et Associés Architectes
Location: Hemmingford, Quebec,
Structural Engineer: Roberto Filippi
Landscape Architect: Michael Hodges paysagiste
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 2,400 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Fournier Gersovitz Moss Drolet et Associés Architectes

Arctic Food Network / Lateral Office

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Recent recipient of the 2011 Holcim Gold for the North American region, Lateral Office’s Arctic Food Network is a series of strategically distributed shelters addressing food security, biological and wildlife species management, and provides a safe navigation system across Baffin Island in Nunavut, Canada.

Architect: Lateral Office
Location: Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada
Collaborators: InfraNet Lab, Dr. Claudio Aporta
Advisor: Nunavut Department of Culture, Language, Elders, and Youth
Project Team: Mason White, Lola Sheppard, Nikole Bouchard, Fionn Byrne
Start of Construction: May 2012
Images: Lateral Office

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Redeveloper Apartment / Kariouk Associates

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Architects: Kariouk Associates / Paul duBellet Kariouk (Principal) with Frederic Carrier
Location: Ottawa, ,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Photolux Studio (Christian Lalonde)

‘Imperfect Health: The Medicalization of Architecture’ Exhibition

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The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), Montréal presents Imperfect Health: the Medicalization of Architecture, on view in the main galleries which started on October 15th and is up until April 1, 2012. Photographs, publications, art and design projects and architectural models and drawings reveal some of the uncertainties and contradictions surrounding health issues and considers how architecture acknowledges, incorporates and affects them. The exhibition questions common understandings of “positive” and “negative” outcomes within the flux of research on and cultural conceptions of health. It continues the CCA’s ongoing investigations into how the design and use of urban spaces shapes human well being. More information on the exhibition after the break.

PLANT Receives Honorable Mention for NPS Roof Garden

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PLANT Architecture has recently been recognized with an Honorable Mention in the City of ’s Urban Design Awards. Held every other year, the awards acknowledge the contributions design has on the local milieu. PLANT’s revitalization of the Nathan Phillips Podium Square (part of Toronto’s iconic City Hall by Viljo Revell) introduces a greenscape to the podium previously occupied solely with a vast hardscaped plaza.