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STGM Head Office / STGM Architectes

© Stéphane Groleau © Stéphane Groleau © Stéphane Groleau © Stéphane Groleau

OMA Tops Out on Beaux Arts Museum in Quebec

  • Architects: OMA
  • Location: Discovery Pavilion of the Plains of Abraham, 835 Avenue Wilfrid-Laurier, Québec, QC G1R 5H8, Canada
  • Architect in Charge: Shohei Shigematsu
  • Project Year: 2016
  • Photographs: MNBAQ, Idra Labrie, OMA / Luxigon, Provencher-Roy, Courtesy of OMA

© OMA / Luxigon View from Grand-Allée. Image © MNBAQ, Idra Labrie Exterior Stair. Image © MNBAQ, Idra Labrie Atrium Stair: View from B1. Image © MNBAQ, Idra Labrie

Saint Roch-de-l’Achigan City Hall / Affleck de la Riva architects

  • Architects: Affleck de la Riva architects
  • Location: 7 Rue Doctor Wilfrid Locat North, Saint-Roch-de-l'Achigan, Quebec, QC J0K 3H0, Canada
  • Area: 1560.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Marc Cramer

© Marc Cramer © Marc Cramer © Marc Cramer © Marc Cramer

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.

Monique Corriveau-Library / Dan Hanganu + Côté Leahy Cardas Architects

  • Architects: Dan Hanganu , Côté Leahy Cardas Architects
  • Location: 1100 Route de l'Église, Quebec, QC G1V 3W2, Canada
  • Architect in Charge: Jacques Côté, Sébastien Laberge,
  • Design Team: Dan S. Hanganu, Gilles Prud’homme, Diana Cardas, Sébastien Laberge
  • Team: Pascal Gobeil, Martin Girard, Marie-Andrée Goyette (CLC) Olivier Grenier, Martine Walsh, Anne-Catherine Richard, Marc Despaties (DHA)
  • Area: 4400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Stéphane Groleau

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Alexandre Vachon Pavillon / STGM Architectes

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Update: Jardin de la Connaissance / 100Landschaftsarchitektur

© Thilo Folkerts
© Thilo Folkerts

Established in June 2010, 100Landschaftsarchitektur shared with us the current status of Jardin de la Connaissance which is still up and thriving. With the knowledge truly disappearing into the forest, the book structures have decayed in the natural setting, but have also provided various micro-environments for a range of local creatures. Interacting with the forest, seedlings and insects have activated the walls, carpets and benches while mushrooms – those cultivated and those who have come by themselves – have made the garden their home. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The ContemPLAY Pavilion / DRS + FARMM

© David Dworkind
© David Dworkind

The ContemPLAY pavilion project is a student-led initiative by the Directed Research Studio (DRS) of the McGill School of Architecture, in coordination with the Facility for Architectural Research in Media and Mediation (FARMM), investigating new methods of practice. The project presented a unique opportunity for the students to learn through hands-on experience in an academic context. The pavilion occupies an 8.8m x 6.7m footprint with a total height of 3.7m in front of the Macdonald-Harrington building on the McGill University campus in Montreal, Quebec. More images and architects’ description after the break.

A Thousand Traps to Escape / Olivier Bourgeois and EAUL atelier 5D

© Jean-François Noël / Atelier 5D / Marika Drolet-Ferguson
© Jean-François Noël / Atelier 5D / Marika Drolet-Ferguson

“A Thousand Traps to Escape” is a temporary installation designed by 13 students from Laval University under Olivier Bourgeois in the Magdalen Islands in Quebec, Canada.  The project builds on the collaboration of themes of architecture, art, landscape and installation in the creation of space based on simple materials, the landscape and “the basic rules of construction”.  The “local material” chosen for this construction is the ubiquitous lobster trap made of wood and fishnet.  Its formal simplicity allowed for an basic stacking technique that produced relatively complex visual results of transparencies and opacities.

Read on for more information on the development of this project.

Competition Finalist for the Tripode, Amphithéâtre de Tois-Rivières / Sid Lee Architecture and Régis Côté et associés


The purpose of this architecture contest is to “equip the city of Trois-Rivières with an open-air amphitheater capable of seating 10,000.” Trois-Rivières is a small Canadian city (population 130,407) once known as the pulp and paper industry capital of the world. Located halfway between Montreal and Quebec City, Trois-Rivières was looking to build its own venue for hosting high-volume summer festivals and internationally renowned bands, and housing its symphony orchestra during the summer. “In the early 2000s, the city of Trois-Rivières began work on a re-qualification project. The site in question (a former paper mill) is situated along the St. Lawrence River, adjacent to the harbourfront park, the city centre, the St. Lawrence River and St. Quentin Island (for outdoor activities). Such a location calls for an extraordinary construction,” explains Philippe Drolet, architect, in an excerpt from the contest catalogue. For the first phase of the contest, Sid Lee Architecture and Régis Côté et Associés banked on the project’s historical roots and awed the jury with a vision that reflects the site’s industrial past. Their competition entry was awarded as a finalist.

Boustrophedon Garden / PLANT Architect

  • Architects: PLANT Architect
  • Location: Quebec City, QC, Canada
  • Architect: PLANT Architect
  • Project Team: Lisa Rapoport, Mary Tremain, Chris Pommer, Jane Hutton, Elise Shelley, Jessica Craig
  • Photographs: Mary Tremain

© Mary Tremain © Mary Tremain © Mary Tremain © Mary Tremain

'Palladio at Work' Exhibition at The Canadian Centre for Architecture

Courtesy of London, RIBA British Architectural Library. VIII/11v
Courtesy of London, RIBA British Architectural Library. VIII/11v

The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) is hosting an exhibition of Palladio’s drawings, giving new insight into the use of drawings as a tool to record, develop and disseminate his ideas. Curated by Guido Beltramini, in collaboration with Charles Hind, Palladio at Work will be on view in the museum’s Octogonal Gallery from March 3 to May 22, 2011.

More on the exihibition and on Andrea Palladio after the break.

La Cornette / YH2 Architecture

  • Architects: YH2 Architecture
  • Location: Quebec, Canada
  • Project Team: Marie-Claude Hamelin, Loukas Yiacouvakis
  • Builder: Emmanuel Yiacouvakis
  • Area: 3000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Loukas Yiacouvakis, Francis Pelletier

© Francis Pelletier © Francis Pelletier © Francis Pelletier © Francis Pelletier

Selected Designs for the 2011 International Garden Festival

Courtesy of Urbanbees
Courtesy of Urbanbees

The International Garden Festival at Les Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens presents temporary gardens at the cutting edge of garden design, landscape, architecture, design and environmental art. This year’s theme for design was “Secret Gardens.” First launched in 2000, the International Garden Festival is host to innovative ideas and has presented over 80 gardens by more than 200 designers from fifteen countries and has attracted more than 800,000 visitors. This showcase of a wide range of projects has featured budding designers from a range of different fields. Out of a total 194 proposals submitted by over 500 architects, landscape architects, designers and artists from three countries, the jury selected the following three designs.

After the break, images from 2011′s three selections of “Secret Gardens” from The International Garden Festival.

Trois-Rivières Amphitheatre / Open Form

Courtesy Open Form
Courtesy Open Form

Canadian design team  Open Form has shared with us their recent competition entry for the new Trois-Rivières Amphitheatre. Additional images and a description from the architects after the break.

Emblematic Addition Ideas Competition

This competition, open to practitioners, faculty, students and intern architects, provides an opportunity to reflect upon a universal problematic: how to build the city of tomorrow in the complex urban fabric of the past.

MNBAQ expansion competition proposal / wHY architecture

wHY architecture shared with us their proposal for the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Quebec (MNBAQ) international competition, which was won by OMA. See more images and architect’s description after the break.

Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec proposal / Allied Works Architecture

Allied Works Architecture in association with Fichten Soiferman et Associés Architectes was selected as one of five finalists in an international competition (won by OMA) to design a new pavilion for the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) in Québec City, Canada.

More images and architect’s description after the break.