L-House / CCM2 Architectes

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Architects: CCM2 Architectes
Location: , QC,
Project Manager: Mathieu Morel
Conception Team: Mathieu Morel, Dave Tremblay, Lydia Perron, Yan Grégoire
Area: 140.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Stéphane Groleau , Stephanie de la Ronde

Warming Huts Bring Life and Shelter to Winnipeg’s Frozen Rivertrail

By Invitation: The Hybrid Hut / Rojkind Arquitectos (México D.F.). Image Courtesy of

Each year Winnipeg’s Red River Mutual Rivertrail is transformed by a series of site specific “Warming Huts” that bring life and refuge to what is the world’s longest naturally frozen skating trail. The annual tradition’s popularity has grown exponentially, attracting participation from firm’s worldwide. This edition is offering visitors a highly acclaimed pop-up restaurant, a ski-through museum, and an eclectic collection of warm shelters, including a “hybrid” wood hut designed by Mexico’s Rojkind Arquitectos. You can see all eight completed installations, after the break.

Provencher_Roy Wins RAIC’s 2015 Architectural Firm Award

Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavillon of Quebec and Canadian Art at the Museum of Fine Arts – 2011; , . ImageMarc Cramer

Montreal-based practice Provencher_Roy has been selected to receive the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s (RAIC) 2015 Architectural Firm Award. Chosen for their consistent, high quality work that spans 32 years, the 150-person firm was also praised by the jury for their dedication to mentorship.

“Provencher_Roy was chosen for the breadth and consistently high quality of work over many years,” said the five-member jury. “They have worked with a broad range of clients and project types. The firm is recognized for its collaborative work and the excellence of its working and peer-learning environment.”

A Modern Boathouse in a Canadian Landscape / Weiss Architecture & Urbanism Limited

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Architects: Weiss Architecture & Urbanism Limited
Location: , ON,
Architect In Charge: Kevin Weiss, Maya Przybylski
Year: 2014
Photographs: Arnaud Marthouret

Valentine’s Day Concept by Kilometrezero is Sure to Warm Your Heart

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Capturing the spirit of the annual Warming Huts design competition, Paris and Barcelona-based architecture firm Kilometrezero, or KM(0), has developed this conceptual project for a warming hut in Winnipeg. Fondly referred to as the “Valentine’s Day concept” and aptly named KM(3) – Warming Heart, the project is intended as an inviting space for visitors to escape the winter chill between sports activities, and a symbolic structure that visually evokes the idea of warmth.

Holy Cross House / Thomas Balaban Architect

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Architects: Thomas Balaban Architect
Location: Montreal, QC,
Design Team: Thomas Balaban + Jennifer Thorogood
Area: 300.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Adrien Williams

Mid-Town Triplex / Studio JCI

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Architects: Studio JCI
Location: , ON,
Area: 456.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Scott Norsworthy

VIDEO: Bjarke Ingels Walks Us Through The Design of Vancouver House

Taking the urban high-rise “one step further,” BIG’s House (formerly known as the Beach and Howe Tower) is a gesamtkunstwerk – total work of art. Detailed to the smallest scale, the grand scheme makes use of a difficult site trisected by the Granville overpass and burdened by setbacks, transforming it into a “lively village” at the city’s gateway.

Learn how plans to revolutionize urban living by watching the video above.

RAIC Honors Brian MacKay-Lyons with 2015 Gold Medal

Cliff House / Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects. Image © Greg Richardson

Nova Scotia architect Brian MacKay-Lyons, FRAIC, founding partner of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, has been selected to receive the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s 2015 Gold Medal. The RAIC’s highest honor, the Gold Medal is awarded annually to architects who have had a “significant and lasting contribution to Canadian architecture.”

“His work is universally recognized as pure, dignified, poetic and beautiful,” said the jury. “His work comes from an intimate connection with his communities.”

Bolton Residence / NatureHumaine

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Architects: NatureHumaine
Location: , QC J0E, Canada
Area: 1480.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Adrien Williams, David Dworkind

Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY Constructs Self-Supported “Vaulted Willow” with Ultra-Thin Aluminum Shells

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The Edmonton Arts Council has commissioned Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY to construct an “architectural folly” in the Canadian city’s Borden Park. The project, known as “Vaulted Willow,” aims to “resolve and delineate structure, skin and ornamentation into a single unified system” by “exploring lightweight, ultra-thin, self-supported shells through the development of custom computational protocols of structural form-finding and descriptive geometry.”

East Van House / Splyce Design

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Architects: Splyce Design
Location: , BC, Canada
Area: 2300.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ivan Hunter

Call for Ideas: Lost Spaces 2015 Design Competition

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The lost spaces competition is a call for ideas to reframe how underused spaces in Calgary might be used. The aim is to address a particular challenge of public space – what to do with seemingly remnant pieces of public property. The challenge: what opportunities do lost spaces afford?

A “lost space” is any space that remains under-utilized within our urban environment. They might be leftover pieces, a ghost of the planning past. Lost spaces are part of the public realm, rarely designed to function with both social and environmental benefit to the city. You may consider a lost space as a passageway, a roundabout, space between two buildings, a highway shoulder, or tenants of the city’s history and memory. We’d like to ask you to dream, take risks and stretch what we think is possible. Submissions are due March 30, 2015. More about the competition, here.

The Linear House / Green Dot Architects

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Architects: Green Dot Architects
Location: Toronto, ON,
Design Team: Saied Mahboubi, Titka Safarzadeh
Area: 155.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tom Arban

Canadian Team Takes First in Tirana Architecture Week’s “Lost Architecture” Competition

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Presented by the Ministry of Culture of Albania and Tirana Architecture Week 2014, ”Lost Architecture – [En]Visioning New City Squares” attracted international entries from students and practitioners under the age of forty alike. Designers were invited to submit proposals for the improvement of Pyramid Square in Albania’s capital, Tirana, and tasked with reflecting the city’s rich history and evolving identity.

Amongst the proposals received was one from a Canadian team comprised of architect Naiji Jiao and landscape architect Seven Xiru Chen, whose entry “The Pyramid Park” was awarded first place. Read more about the winning entry after the break.

Drolet Residence / NatureHumaine

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Architects: NatureHumaine
Location: Rue Drolet, Montréal, QC,
Area: 3000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Adrien Williams

Maison De Gaspé / la SHED architecture

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Architects: la SHED architecture
Location: Montreal, QC,
Year: 2015
Photographs: Maxime Brouillet

Cross-Laminated-Timber Cottage / Kariouk Associates

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Architects: Kariouk Associates
Location: Ladysmith, QC J0X,
Architect In Charge: Paul duBellet Kariouk
Senior Design Associate: Chris Davis
Design Associates: Sarah McMurtry, Adam Paquette, David King
Year: 2014
Photographs: Photolux Studio/Christian Lalonde