Great Gulf Active House / Superkül inc

© Torben Eskerod

Architects: Superkül inc
Location: Thorold, ON,
Architects In Charge: Andre D’Elia, Meg Graham
Project Architect: Wendy Wisbrun
Area: 3,290 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Torben Eskerod

PoolHouse / +tongtong

© Colin Faulkner

Architects: +tongtong
Location: , ON, Canada
Area: 1,000 sqft
Year: 2014
Photographs: Colin Faulkner

Stealth Cabin / Superkül inc

© Shai Gil

Architects: Superkül inc
Location: , ON, Canada
Architects In Charge: Andre D’Elia, Meg Graham
Project Architect: Anya Moryoussef
Area: 1500.0 ft2
Photographs: Shai Gil

Mineral Springs / Superkül inc

© Shai Gil

Architects: Superkül inc
Location: Dundas, , ON,
Architects In Charge: Andre D’Elia, Meg Graham
Area: 1000.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Shai Gil

Remembering Ron Thom’s Subtle Mark on the Canadian Landscape

in Peterborough, Ontario. Image © Alexi Hobbs

“You don’t need big and flashy starchitecture to make a statement; the most powerful architecture is often that which blends into the landscape and reveals itself slowly.” In this article on Monocle, written by Nelly Gocheva, the late Canadian architect is remembered for just this reason. To learn more about Thom’s architectural approach and works, including his masterplan for Trent University, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, read the article here.

Esquimalt House / Mcleod Bovell

Courtesy of Mcleod Bovell

Architects: Mcleod Bovell
Location: , BC,
Area: 7,015 sqft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Mcleod Bovell

Chez Carl / Jean De Lessard

© Adrien Williams

Interior Designers: Jean De Lessard
Location: 3000 Boulevard René Lévesque, Verdun,
General Contractor: Castle Reno (Paul Cantwell)
Area: 1,229 sqft
Year: 2014
Photographs: Adrien Williams

To Be Destroyed: A Call For Ideas

Between Life and Death (2006) Carlos & Jason Sanchez / © Walter Willems

The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) is calling for submissions that respond to the thematic of an upcoming exhibition, entitled TBD, that will be on view September 5 to October 25, 2014 in , .

The exhibition proposes that the definition of a museum is not fixed but rather “to be determined.” By asking, “what is a contem- porary art gallery?” the exhibition questions our fundamental assumptions concerning the role and importance of museums in so- ciety and their associated architectural forms. MOCCA’s galleries will become a place of inquiry and discussion featuring artworks and activities that destroy existing paradigms and offer projections about the shape of museums in the future. This is a particularly timely topic given the proliferation of museum architecture in Canada and abroad and the current juncture in MOCCA’s existence which sees the institution searching for a new and permanent venue.

Crisan House / EST Architecture

© Claudiu Olaru

Architects: EST Architecture
Location: , QC,
Architect In Charge: Felix Tue
Team: Felix Tue & Claudiu Olaru
Area: 435 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Claudiu Olaru

Herzog & de Meuron to Design New Vancouver Art Gallery

Site

The Art Gallery has unanimously appointed Herzog & de Meuron to design their new, 300,000 square foot gallery in downtown Vancouver. 

Selected from a shortlist of five - including Diller Scofidio + Renfro, KPMB Architects, SANAA , and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects - Herzog & de Meuron was ultimately awarded the commission for their vision of the new Gallery and “proven ability to create innovative museum buildings that place prominence on artists and institutional mission.”

The new museum building, which will be the practice’s first Canadian project, will double the Gallery’s current space and accommodate for their expanding collections, indoor and outdoor exhibition space, and new educational programs. Conceptual designs are expected to be released in early 2015. 

Preview the portfolio that landed Herzog & de Meuron the commission, after the break…

FaulknerBrowns Propose Community Velodrome Scheme in Canada

Interior Visualisation. Image Courtesy of FaulknerBrowns Architects

British based FaulknerBrowns Architects have proposed plans for “one of only two velodromes in recent memory being planned” in the city of Edmonton, Canada. In a place where winters are cold and long, reaching -20 degrees celcius, the facility can be adapted for both indoor and outdoor use throughout the year. Clad in Canadian timber and polished stainless steel shingles wrapping around the building like a “twisted ribbon resembling the twisted sinuous cycle track,” the scheme will be only the second major indoor cycle track facility in the country.

S&S Studio / Scott and Scott Architects

Courtesy of Scott and Scott Architects

Architects: Scott and Scott Architects
Location: 299 East 19th Avenue, , BC V5V 3N2,
Area: 70.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Scott and Scott Architects

Kicking Horse Residence / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson + Association with Bohlin Grauman Miller Architects

© Matthew Millman

Architects: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson , Association with Bohlin Grauman Miller Architects
Location: , BC, Canada
Project Team: Ray Calabro (FAIA, Principal); Kyle Phillips (Project Manager); Robert Miller (FAIA); Peter Bohlin (FAIA)
Area: 3500.0 ft2
Year: 2011
Photographs: Matthew Millman , Nic Lehoux

Coleraine Duplex / NatureHumaine

© Adrien Williams

Architects: NatureHumaine
Location: Coleraine St, , QC H3K, Canada
Area: 3135.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adrien Williams

Williamson Chong to Receive RAIC’s Emerging Practice Award

Frogs Hollow / Williamson Chong Architects. Image © Bob Gundu

First an Emerging Voices recipient, now a laureate of the Royal Architectural Institute of ’s (RAIC) Emerging Architectural Practice Award; ’s Williamson Chong Architects has proved themselves to be one of Northern America’s most promising firms. Founded just three short years ago, the seven-person practice has been chosen to be the RAIC’s second Emerging Practice Award recipient for “consistently producing innovating projects that contain quality detailing and craftsmanship.”

Canada’s Raymond Moriyama Launches $100k Pritzker Rival

Moriyama RAIC International Prize

Architect Raymond Moriyama, founder of -based Moriyama and Teshima Architects, has collaborated with the Royal Architectural Institute of (RAIC) to launch an international CAD $100,000 prize open to architects with “outstanding” work or non-architects who have had an “exceptional contribution to architecture.”

With an aim to raise the stature of the RAIC and “inspire all Canadians and Canadian architects to aspire higher,” as Moriyama stated, the biennial Moriyama RAIC International Prize has the potential to rival the Pritzker as one of the world’s largest, and expectantly most “prestigious” cash prizes in architecture. 

However, based on the ideals of “Moriyama’s passion for humanistic architecture that transforms society through an emphasis on values such as social justice, equality and inclusivity,” the Prize is expected to set itself apart from Pritzker’s focus on lifetime achievement.  

Revival of the Casino of Montréal / Menkès Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux + Provencher Roy Architectes

© Stéphane Groleau

Architects: Menkès Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux, Provencher Roy Architectes
Location: Casino de Montréal, , QC H3C,
Architects In Charge: Yves Dagenais, Jean-Pierre Le Tourneux, Claude Provencher
Area: 45000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Stéphane Groleau, Marc Cramer

eVolo Skyscraper Competition 2014: A Skyscraper That Grows

Exterior Rendering. Image © YuHao Liu & Rui Wu

YuHao Li and Rui Wu were recently awarded third place in the 2014 eVolo Skyscraper Competition for their proposal of a skyscraper that grows. Using ‘carbon capture’, an emerging practice aimed at capturing and containing greenhouse gases, Propagate Skyscraper uses a simple, vertical grid scaffold to act as a framework for building, or growing, the volumes. “Ingredients for material propagation” are supplied through the scaffold, while its actual pattern of growth is defined by environmental factors (such as prevailing wind and the saturation of carbon dioxide within the immediate atmosphere). Although each resulting structure is distinct in formal expression, the structure maintains a regular spatial organisation, allowing it to be easily occupied and adapted.