Sanctuaire Mont Cathedrale / Pierre Cabana

© Richard Poissant, Pierre Léveillé

Location: , Canada
Project Year: 2010
Project Manager: Pierre Léveillé
Engineer: Comtois, Blouin & associate
Designers: Pauline Tremblay & Pierre Léveillé
Photographs: Richard Poissant, Pierre Léveillé

Saint-Michel Soccer Stadium Proposal / Paul Laurendeau

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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 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


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 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 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.

Surface Deep Garden / asensio_mah


Architects: asensio_mah / Leire Asensio Villoria, David Syn Chee Mah
Location: , Canada
Students: Harvard Graduate School of Design / Somkiet Chokvijtkul, Daekwon Park, Benjamin Winters, Yuan Zhan, Fred Chung, Troy Vaughn, Lisl Kotheimer, Day Jimenez, Mariela Alvarez, Benjamin Tew, Victor Perezamado
Collaborators: Adams Kara Taylor Engineering (Structure), Bryophyta Technologies / Suzanne Campeau (Moss)
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: asensio_mah, Martin Bond

Centre Spécialisé de Technologie Physique du Québec / bisson | associés + Carl Charron Architecte

© Stéphane Groleau

Architects: bisson | associés + Carl Charron Architecte
Location: Québec, Canada
Engineer: Roche Sopax et Techniconfort
Collaborators: Éco op
Contractors: Kamco Construction inc.
Project area: 2,225 sqm
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Stéphane Groleau

Origami / Bélanger Beauchemin Morency, Architectes & Urbaniste

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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

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Amphitheatre by ARCHITEM is a competition entry that is Inspired by the history of Trois-Rivières in Quebec, . 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


Paul Laurendeau Architects shared with us their winning competition entry for the Trois-Rivières Amphitheatre in , . 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.

Schlüter Systems / DCYSA Architecture & Design

© Gleb Gomberg

Architects: DCYSA Architecture & Design
Location: Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec,
Project managers: André Cousineau, Anh LeQuang, Lucien Haddad and Azad Chichmanian
Structure engineer: BCA Consultants Inc.
Mechanical and electrical engineer: Concept-R Inc. and Synthèse Consultants Inc.
Civil engineer: Teknika HBA
General contractor: Broccolini Construction Inc.
Landscape: Louis Dubuc arch paysage
Project area: 60,000 sq. ft.
Project year: 2009
Photographs: Gleb Gomberg, Alex St-Jean

‘Palladio at Work’ Exhibition at The Canadian Centre for Architecture

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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 after the break.

Saint-Laurent Sports Complex Architecture Competition Winner

Courtesy of Saucier + Perrotte Architectes, , and SNC Lavalin

The Saucier + Perrotte Architectes and Hughes Condon Marler Architects with SNC Lavalin team won the architecture competition for the future sports complex in Saint-Laurent, a former city on the island of Montreal in southwestern , Canada. The winning team’s proposal distinguished itself from the others by the quality of its architectural gesture, the simplicity of the concept, the creation of a distinctively urban branding image and wayfinding strategy, its adherence to the surface areas of the facilities, the effectiveness of its sustainable development strategies and its potential for change. More images and project description after the break.

La Cornette / YH2 Architecture

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Architects: YH2 Architecture
Location: Quebec,
Project Team: Marie-Claude Hamelin, Loukas Yiacouvakis
Builder: Emmanuel Yiacouvakis
Project Area: 3,000 sq ft
Project Year: 2008-2010
Photographs: Loukas Yiacouvakis & Francis Pelletier

Hurteau-Miller Cottage / Kariouk Associates

© Photolux Studios, Christian Lalonde

Architects: Kariouk Associates
Location: Val-des-Monts, Québec,
Architectural team: Paul Kariouk, Chris Davis, Susan Gardiner, Todd Duckworth, Mathew Lahey
General contractor: Timber Wolf Developments, Donald Thom
Landscape Architect: Heartwood Design and Consulting Ltd., Colin Stewart
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Photolux Studios, Christian Lalonde

Grand Library of Québec / Patkau Architects with Croft Pelletier and Menkès Shooner Dagenais architectes associés

© Bernard Fougeres

The Grand Library of Québec consolidates a number of collections dispersed throughout the province to create a resource library for the region as well as a central public library for the city of Montreal. The building contains four major components: a general library, a children’s library, the collection Québécoise (historic documents pertaining to Quebec), and an assortment of public spaces outside the library control zone.

Architects: Patkau Architects in collaboration with Croft Pelletier and Menkès Shooner Dagenais architectes associés
Location: Montreal, Quebec,
Client: Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec
Project Area: 350, 000 sqf
Project Year: 2005
Photographs: James Dow, Bernard Fougeres, and Patkau Architects

Selected Designs for the 2011 International Garden Festival

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The 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 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


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

Emblematic Addition Ideas Competition

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of its founding in City, the University Laval School of Architecture is hosting an ideas competition for an «emblematic addition» to its heritage building. Situated within the fortification walls of Quebec City, the School of Architecture reflects on building for the future while immersed in a city rich in layers of the past.

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.

For all the information, schedule and documents please visit the competition’s official website.

Sacred Heart of Jesus / ACDF * Architecture

© Marc Cramer

The extension of the Mother house of the Sisters of Charity of the Sacred Heard of Jesus in Sherbrooke is 56,680 sqf and includes a 54-room health care unit with all the attached services, a kitchen to serve 200 people, a physiotherapy room, a library, maintenance workshops and an inner courtyard designed with a garden.  More photographs, drawings, and sketches of this project following the break.

Architects: ACDF* Architecture
Location: Sherbrooke, , Canada
Project Manager: Sylvain Allaire
Design Manager: Maxime-Alexis Frappier
Team: Guy Courchesne, Benoit Dupuis, Lise Parenteau, Laure Giordani, Marie-Eve Barnabé, Robert Dequoy, Jacques Deslandes, Mathieu St-Hilaire, Martin Houle, Denis Lavigne, Suzanne Mondorn, Joan Renaud and Gabriel Villeneuve
Structure: CIMA +
Mechanics & Electricity: Teknika HBA
Landscape Design: CIMA + and  NIP paysage
Project Area: 56,680 sqf
Photographs: Marc Cramer