AD Round Up: Canadian Architecture to Be Thankful For

The Crystal, extension to the Royal Ontario Museum by Studio Daniel Libeskind. Image © Andrew Rowat

Today marks Canadian Thanksgiving, and to celebrate the occasion we’ve rounded up some of Canada’s best architecture. Our five selections represent five Canadian cities, each with a unique architectural sensibility. We begin in Toronto with the Royal Ontario Museum addition by Studio Daniel Libeskind, a striking intervention using prisms of glass and steel fused to a 102-year-old museum structure; next we go to Montréal for Habitat 67 by Moshe Safdie, an interlocking modular housing project designed for the World Exposition of 1967; to Calgary for Santiago Calatrava‘s understated Peace Bridge, a stunning glass-encased red lightning bolt spanning the city’s widest waterway; then to Winnipeg‘s Old Market Square Stage by emerging firm 5468796 Architecture, a chameleonic performance space wrapped by a mesh curtain of steel cubes; and finally to the outskirts of Vancouver for the Richmond Olympic Oval, a masterpiece of engineering and the centre of attention during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Enjoy, eh.

LaSalle Waterworks Building / Affleck de la Riva architects

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Architects: Affleck de la Riva architects
Location: Avenue de l’Esplanade, , QC,
Project Manager : Gavin Affleck
Design Architect : Gavin Affleck
Project Team : Steven Leather, Brigitte Boudreau, Alexandre Cassiani, Federico Carbajal, Serge Gascon and Melanie Morris
Area: 450.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Marc Cramer, Alexandre Chabot, Affleck de la Riva

See The Most Over Budget Projects of All Time Ranked in this Infographic

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One thousand nine hundred and ninety: the percentage by which the $3 billion Montreal Olympic Stadium - a project designated only $148 million in 1973 – exceeded its original budgetTen: the number of years that the Sydney Opera House was over its deadline. Twenty-four: the number of projects included in Monumental Budget Busters, an interactive ranking an array of works - ranging from the International Space Station to the Sochi Olympics - from smallest to largest in cost and time overruns. The list includes infrastructure, architecture, and governmental projects with budget overruns ranging from $210 million to $68 billion. These costs beg the question – does the end justify the means? Find out with the interactive infographic after the break.

Kinoya Restaurant / Jean de Lessard

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Interior Designers: Jean de Lessard
Location: , QC, Canada
Area: 1500.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Adrien Williams

Collège Saint-Louis / Marosi Troy Architectes + Jodoin Lamarre Pratte architectes

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Architects: Marosi Troy Architectes, Jodoin Lamarre Pratte architectes
Location: Collège Saint-Louis, 50 34 Ave, Lachine, QC H8T,
Design Lead: Martin Troy, Ali Torabi
Area: 13300.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Stephane Groleau

Au Pain Doré / NatureHumaine

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Architects: NatureHumaine
Location: Côte-des-Neiges Road, Montreal, QC,
Area: 1500.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Adrien Williams

Folklore Meets Design, Architecture and Light Deep in the Canadian Forest

Imagine yourself standing at a glowing threshold between reality and make believe, watching as mythical creatures dash across trees and into other dimensions. Imagine a world where the glimmer of fairies is reflected on a forest floor illuminated by trees of all colours; a world where a sea of stars transforms into an imaginary wolf, standing sentinel over its fairy tale universe. This enchanted world exists, thanks to the creatives at Moment Factory. In their Foresta Lumina video mapping project, they create a narrative installation set in the mysterious backwoods of Quebec, Canada. Find out how they add a little fantasy to ordinary reality after the break.

Exhibition: The Mound of Vendôme

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On view at the CCA from 19 June to 14 September 2014 and curated by architectural historian David Gissen, The Mound of Vendôme revisits one key episode of French history when the Commune de Paris in 1871 voted to demolish the Vendôme Column, abolishing all allusions to the Napoleonic era. To protect the surrounding architecture during , a radical landscape was erected on Place Vendôme. Informed by the methods of experimental history, Gissen’s ongoing research project and installation at the CCA traces the provocative history of the column and mound, while arguing for its historicisation and reconstruction.

Montreal’s Mirabel Airport Terminal to be Demolished

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The owners of the Montréal-Mirabel International Airport have confirmed that, after a decade lying vacant, it will finally demolish the ’s sleek black terminal building. When it was completed in 1975, Mirabel was the world’s largest , but it quickly became unpopular with airlines as it was simply too far from Montréal, and was re-purposed as a testing site and cargo . Now, with the terminal building requiring $15 million in emergency repairs, owner Aéroports de Montréal have announced that it is “irreparably obsolete” and are seeking tenders for its demolition. You can read the full story at CBC News.

Chez Carl / Jean De Lessard

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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

Coleraine Duplex / NatureHumaine

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

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

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

8th Ave / NatureHumaine

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Architects: NatureHumaine
Location: 8 Ave, Montreal, QC H8Y,
Area: 1630.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adrien Williams

Bicom Communications / Jean De Lessard

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Architects: Jean De Lessard
Location: Montreal, QC,
Area: 4500.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Adrien Williams

Allez UP Rock Climbing Gym / Smith Vigeant Architectes

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Architects: Smith Vigeant Architectes
Location: Rue Saint-Patrick, , QC,
Architect In Charge: Daniel Smith
Design Team: Daniel Smith, Karine Renaud, Anik Malderis, Étienne Penault, Cindy Neveu, Mélanie Quesnel, Stéphan Vigeant
Area: 1,220 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Stéphane Brugger

Le St-Jude / Thomas Balaban Architect

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Architects: Thomas Balaban Architect
Location: Saint Denis Street, , QC, Canada
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

Alexandra Residence / NatureHumaine

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

Lajeunesse Residence / NatureHumaine

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Architects: NatureHumaine
Location: Montreal, Quebec,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adrien Williams