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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

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

Alexandre Vachon Pavillon / STGM Architectes

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

Update: Jardin de la Connaissance / 100Landschaftsarchitektur

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.

Le Massif de Charlevoix Train Station / STGM Architectes

© Stéphane Groleau
© Stéphane Groleau

Architects: STGM Architectes Location: Petite-Rivière-St-François, Québec, Canada Project Year: 2012 Photographs: Stéphane Groleau

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.

Notes from the Archive: James Frazer Stirling

James Stirling, Michael Wilford and Associates. B. Braun Melsungen AG Headquarters and Industrial Complex, Melsungen, Germany, 1993. Giovanni Chiaramonte, photographer. Canadian Centre for Architecture. Gift of Giovanni Chiaramonte, Mirko Zardini, and Giovanna Borasi on the occasion of Phyllis Lambert's 80th birthday © Giovanni Chiaramonte.
James Stirling, Michael Wilford and Associates. B. Braun Melsungen AG Headquarters and Industrial Complex, Melsungen, Germany, 1993. Giovanni Chiaramonte, photographer. Canadian Centre for Architecture. Gift of Giovanni Chiaramonte, Mirko Zardini, and Giovanna Borasi on the occasion of Phyllis Lambert's 80th birthday © Giovanni Chiaramonte.

The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) is currently exhibiting the work of British architect James Frazer Stirling in their Main Galleries from May 15 – October 14, 2012. In addition to practicing, Stirling was a Yale School of Architecture professor as well as a Pritzker Prize laureate. The work showcased encompasses a variety of mediums employed by Stirling throughout his career. See samples of the exhibition after the break.

Portrait of James Stirling. Ray Williams, photographer. Gelatin silver print, 18.8 x 21.4 cm. James Stirling/Michael Wilford fonds, Canadian Centre for Architecture © Ray Williams James Stirling (Firm). History Faculty Building, University of Cambridge, England (1963–1967). Ezra Stoller, photographer. James Stirling/Michael Wilford fonds, Canadian Centre for Architecture © Esto James Frazer Stirling. Stiff Dom-ino Housing, theoretical project (1951): cut-away axonometric view with hinged windows. James Stirling/Michael Wilford fonds, Canadian Centre for Architecture © CCA Notes From the Archive: James Frazer Stirling. Installation view at the CCA. © CCA, Montréal.

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.

Saint-Michel Soccer Stadium Proposal / Paul Laurendeau

Courtesy of Paul Laurendeau
Courtesy of Paul Laurendeau

Architect Paul Laurendeau shared with us his competition proposal for the Saint-Michel Soccer Stadium in Montréal, Québec, Canada. Playing on the contrast between black exterior and wood interior, the stadium’s simple form makes it stand out from its context. More images and brief project description after the break.

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

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

  • 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

Origami / Bélanger Beauchemin Morency, Architectes & Urbaniste

Courtesy Bélanger Beauchemin Morency, Architectes & Urbaniste
Courtesy Bélanger Beauchemin Morency, Architectes & Urbaniste

Quebec based architecture firm, Bélanger Beauchemin Morency, Architectes & Urbaniste has shared with us their recent proposal for the ”Amphithéâtre de Trois-Rivière” competition. Follow after the break for additional images and a brief narrative from the design team.

Trois-Rivières Amphitheater Competition proposal / ARCHITEM

Courtesy of ARCHITEM
Courtesy of ARCHITEM

Trois-Rivières Amphitheatre by ARCHITEM is a competition entry that is Inspired by the history of Trois-Rivières in Quebec, Canada. The are has roots in the lumber industry and its association with the river. The project optimizes the natural landscape and creates an iconic architectural presence that focuses on the connection to the river. The forest informs the architectural design of the building and its exterior wall, with its use of lace and transparency, recalling the poetry of the seasonal movement of branches. The endless play of light and shade are its inspiration. Read on for more information and images.

Trois-Rivières Amphitheatre / Paul Laurendeau

© MIR
© MIR

Paul Laurendeau Architects shared with us their winning competition entry for the Trois-Rivières Amphitheatre in Quebec, Canada. The centerpiece of the proposed Three Rivers on the St. Lawrence is to build an outdoor amphitheater with a capacity of 10,000 seats. For the realization of the amphitheater, the municipality has chosen to proceed with this design for a building of international significance. More images and architects’ description after the break.

'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.