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Inflatable Arches Chosen to Reimagine St. Catherine Street Construction Site

06:00 - 10 October, 2016
Inflatable Arches Chosen to Reimagine St. Catherine Street Construction Site, Courtesy of KANVA
Courtesy of KANVA

The City of Montreal has selected KANVA's IMAGO as the winner of Vivre le Chantier Sainte-Cath, a competition seeking to maintain access to and usage of St. Catherine Street, downtown Montreal's primary commercial artery, as it undergoes a four-year construction period. The construction includes infrastructure developments—enhancements to underground infrastructure, new public transit systems, and increased pedestrian access—and while segments of the street will be closed to car traffic, pedestrian paths and all businesses will remain open during construction. 

Courtesy of KANVA Courtesy of KANVA Courtesy of KANVA Courtesy of KANVA +12

Pierre Lassonde Pavilion at the Musée National des Beaux-arts du Québec / OMA

11:30 - 23 June, 2016
Pierre Lassonde Pavilion at the Musée National des Beaux-arts du Québec / OMA, © Bruce Damonte
© Bruce Damonte

© Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte +46

  • Architects

  • Location

    Parc des Champs-de-Bataille, Québec City, Canada
  • Project

    Expansion of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ)
  • Lead Design Architect

    OMA (New York)
  • Partner-in-Charge

  • Associate Architect

    Provencher_Roy Architectes (Montreal)
  • Client

  • Area

    14900.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Félix Guyon's Sails Benches are Anchored in Montreal

12:00 - 20 December, 2015
Félix Guyon's Sails Benches are Anchored in Montreal	, © Félix Guyon, via v2com newswire
© Félix Guyon, via v2com newswire

Designed by Félix Guyon of Les Ateliers Guyon in Verchères, Quebec, "Sails Benches" is a monument to the original founding families of Verchères, commissioned by the municipality. Having worked in Montreal for many years, Guyon returned to his native village for this personal project, which was selected as the winning design of the Furniture Category at the World Interiors Awards 2015 in London, "charming" the judges with the personal narrative and sensitivity of his Sail Benches, according to a press release. Read more about the project after the break.

STGM Head Office / STGM Architectes

14:00 - 22 April, 2015
STGM Head Office  / STGM Architectes, © Stéphane Groleau
© Stéphane Groleau

© Stéphane Groleau © Stéphane Groleau © Stéphane Groleau © Stéphane Groleau +12

OMA Tops Out on Beaux Arts Museum in Quebec

01:00 - 19 December, 2014
OMA Tops Out on Beaux Arts Museum in Quebec, Aerial. Image © MNBAQ, Idra Labrie
Aerial. Image © MNBAQ, Idra Labrie

© 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 +13

  • Architects

  • 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

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

01:00 - 27 August, 2014
Saint Roch-de-l’Achigan City Hall  / Affleck de la Riva architects, © Marc Cramer
© Marc Cramer

© Marc Cramer © Marc Cramer © Marc Cramer © Marc Cramer +21

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

00:00 - 9 August, 2014

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

01:00 - 18 March, 2014
Monique Corriveau-Library / Dan Hanganu + Côté Leahy Cardas Architects, © Stéphane Groleau
© Stéphane Groleau

© Stéphane Groleau © Stéphane Groleau © Stéphane Groleau © Stéphane Groleau +15

  • 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

Alexandre Vachon Pavillon / STGM Architectes

01:00 - 1 October, 2012
Alexandre Vachon Pavillon / STGM Architectes , © Stéphane Groleau
© Stéphane Groleau

© Stéphane Groleau © Stéphane Groleau © Stéphane Groleau © Stéphane Groleau +21

Update: Jardin de la Connaissance / 100Landschaftsarchitektur

23:00 - 28 August, 2012
© 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

07:00 - 3 August, 2012
© 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

19:00 - 14 February, 2012
© 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

13:00 - 25 July, 2011
rendering
rendering

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

01:00 - 11 July, 2011
Boustrophedon Garden / PLANT Architect, © Mary Tremain
© Mary Tremain

© Mary Tremain © Mary Tremain © Mary Tremain © Mary Tremain +9

  • Architects

  • Location

    Quebec City, QC, Canada
  • Architect

    PLANT Architect
  • Project Team

    Lisa Rapoport, Mary Tremain, Chris Pommer, Jane Hutton, Elise Shelley, Jessica Craig
  • Photographs

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

12:00 - 11 March, 2011



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

01:00 - 25 January, 2011
La Cornette / YH2 Architecture, © Loukas Yiacouvakis
© Loukas Yiacouvakis

© Francis Pelletier © Francis Pelletier © Francis Pelletier © Francis Pelletier +41

Selected Designs for the 2011 International Garden Festival

17:00 - 29 December, 2010

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

12:00 - 24 December, 2010
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.