Harry Gugger Studio’s ‘The Exchange’ to Rise in Vancouver

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Construction broke ground last month for ‘The Exchange’ tower in Vancouver, ’s first LEED Platinum heritage conversion and Harry Gugger Studio’s first North American building. The 31-floor office building resolves the strict urban regulations imposed on high-rise construction downtown and addresses the historical context by preserving and integrating the façade of the city’s historic Stock Exchange building.

Mjölk House / Studio Junction

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Architects: Studio Junction
Location: , ON, Canada
Year: 2013
Photographs: Joe Lin / Studio Junction, Juli Baker

RAW Design Warms Canadian Skaters with Fur-Inspired “Nuzzles”

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Toronto-based RAW Design has been crowned winner of the annual competition, which is intended to “push the envelop of design, craft and art” by encouraging architects to design innovative warming shelters along the frozen Red River Mutual Trail in Winnipeg,

Moving away from the traditional notion of an enclosed shelter, the firm’s winning proposal “Nuzzles” engages skaters with a playful arrangement of “insulated appendages” (a.k.a. pool noodles) supported by a geodesic lattice structure that is illuminated and heated from within. Users are encouraged to “nestle into the structure” and manipulate its fur-like exterior into informal resting areas. 

Le St-Jude / Thomas Balaban Architect

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Architects: Thomas Balaban Architect
Location: Saint Denis Street, Montreal, QC,
Architect In Charge: Thomas Balaban, Justin Boulanger, Naomi Frangos, Maxime Lefebvre, Julia Manaças, Elliott Sturtevant, Jennifer Thorogood
Area: 1570.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Thomas Balaban Architect

Cliff House / Altius Architecture Inc

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Architects: Altius Architecture Inc
Location: , ON,
Architecture: Trevor McIvor, Tony Round
Lead Design Architect: Trevor McIvor, Tony Round
Area: 3200.0 ft2
Year: 2009
Photographs: Jonathan Savoie

Clearview Residence / Altius Architecture Inc

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Architects: Altius Architecture Inc
Location: Collingwood, ON,
Project Architects: Graham Smith, Joe Knight
Lead Design Architect: Graham Smith, Joe Knight
Area: 4,500 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Jonathan Savoie

Woodlands Community Garden Shed / Brendan Callander + Jason Pielak + Stella Cheung-Boyland

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Architects: Brendan Callander +  + Stella Cheung-Boyland
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Photographs: Dave Delnea Images

Parc national du Lac-Témiscouata Discovery & Visitor Centre / bisson + charron architectes

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Architects: bisson + 
Location: Parc National du Lac-Témiscouata, , Canada
Architect In Charge: Carl Charron, architect associate, Jonathan Bisson, architect
Year: 2013
Photographs: Stéphane Groleau

The Beaver Barracks Community Housing / Barry J. Hobin & Associates Architects

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Architects: Barry J. Hobin & Associates Architects
Location: , ON,
Architect In Charge: Gord Lorimer
Area: 17,384 sqm
Photographs: Doublespace Photography

University Boulevard Transit Shelters / PUBLIC Architecture + Communication

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Architects: PUBLIC Architecture + Communication
Location: University Boulevard, UBC, Vancouver, BC,
Design Team: John Wall, AIBC, Brian Wakelin, AIBC, Christopher Sklar, UBC Properties Trust, University of British Columbia
Area: 120.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Krista Jahnke , Courtesy of PUBLIC

T House / Natalie Dionne Architecture

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Architects: Natalie Dionne Architecture
Location: , QC, Canada
Design Team: Natalie Dionne, Martin Laneuville
Area: 300 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Marc Cramer

Two Hulls / Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects

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Architects: Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects
Year: 2011
Photographs: Greg Richardson

Alexandra Residence / NatureHumaine

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Architects: NatureHumaine
Location: Avenue Alexandra, , QC H2S,
Area: 3,300 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adrien Williams

Cliff House / Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects

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Architects: Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects
Location: , Canada
Area: 960 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Greg Richardson

Bridge House / Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects

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Architects: Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects
Year: 2009
Photographs: Greg Richardson

Glebe Residence / Batay-Csorba Architects

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Architects: Batay-Csorba Architects
Location: Ottawa, ON,
Design Team: Jodi Batay-Csorba, Andrew Batay-Csorba
Year: 2013
Photographs: Doublespace Photography , Batay-Csorba Architect

The Bank of Canada to Receive Controversial Renovation

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In this interesting report in the Citizen, Maria Cook exposes the plan to renovate the Arthur Erickson-designed Bank of Canada Building in Ottawa. The existing building, which features a public atrium complete with a tropical garden, is being extensively remodeled to improve security and building performance, although arguably at great cost to the design. Cook exposes how the bank turned down a prestigious design award in 2011 as it was already at that point privately considering the changes, and explains how its privileged position – related to the government but not controlled by it – effectively means that the bank has nobody it has to answer to who might stop these plans. You can read the full article here.

Stacey-Turley Residence / Kariouk

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Architects: Kariouk
Location: , ON,
Architect In Charge: Paul duBellet Kariouk
Design Team: Chris Davis, David King, Sarah McMurtry, Dimitar Mehandjiev, Adam Paquette
Year: 2013
Photographs: Christian Lalonde