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Bridgepoint Active Healthcare / Stantec Architecture + KPMB Architects + HDR Architecture + Diamond Schmitt Architects

  • Architects: Stantec Architecture , KPMB Architects, HDR Architecture , Diamond Schmitt Architects
  • Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Pdc Architects: Stantec Architecture, KPMB Architects
  • Dbfm Architects: HDR Architecture, Diamond Schmitt Architects
  • Photographs: Tom Arban

© Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Tom Arban

ODIN Bar & Café / Phaedrus Studio

  • Architects: Phaedrus Studio
  • Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Architect In Charge: David Grant-Rubash
  • Area: 150.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Designstor/Ryan Fung

© Designstor/Ryan Fung © Designstor/Ryan Fung © Designstor/Ryan Fung © Designstor/Ryan Fung

Bortolotto Unveils Design for Rosalie Sharp Pavilion in Toronto

The Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U) has commissioned Toronto firm Bortolotto to transform the university’s main office building into the Rosalie Sharp Pavilion. The office will be wrapped in a technologically-responsive layer, transforming it into a multi-use, student work and exhibition space and transforming the corner of Dundas and McCaul streets into an interactive gateway for the campus.

Toronto’s Design Exchange Unveils Its Latest Exhibition: “3DXL”

Despite being at the forefront of digital fabrication technology, 3D printing is still shrouded in mystery, something which the Design Exchange (DX) hopes to change with its most recent exhibition, “3DXL” in Toronto. Curated by the director of DX, Sara Nickleson, 3DXL brings together 3D printing projects from across fields, including work from medicine, design and architecture. As the name suggests, the exhibit presents 3D printing on a scale not normally observed by the public. In particular, the exhibit addresses the role 3D printing will play in the future of architecture, and how it may begin to replace more traditional architectural construction.

4 Ways Cold-Climate Cities Can Make The Most Of Their Waterfronts

Urban waterfronts have historically been the center of activity for many cities. They began as economic, transportation and manufacturing hubs, but as most industries changed their shipping patterns and consolidated port facilities, many industrial waterfronts became obsolete. In Europe, smaller historic ports were easily converted to be reused for leisure activities. However, in North America, where the ports were larger, it was more difficult to convert the waterfronts due to logistical and contamination issues.

Over the past 40 years or so, architects and urban planners have started to recognize the redevelopment potential for waterfronts across the United States and Canada, and the impact they can have on the financial and social success of cities. Though cold-climate cities pose a unique challenge for waterfront development, with effective planning waterfront cities with freezing winter months can still take advantage of the spaces year-round.

Chaudière Island project in Ottawa. Image © Chris Foyd courtesy of Perkins+Will Lower Yonge project in Toronto. Image © Chris Foyd courtesy of Perkins+Will Solar study for Lower Yonge project in Toronto. Image © Chris Foyd courtesy of Perkins+Will Lower Yonge project in Toronto. Image © Chris Foyd courtesy of Perkins+Will

Hazelton Residence 1 / Batay-Csorba Architects

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Counterpoint House / Paul Raff Studio Architects

© Steve Tsai © Ben Rahn / A-Frame Inc. © Ben Rahn / A-Frame Inc. © Ben Rahn / A-Frame Inc.

NJIT Graduates Create A Biodegradable Pavilion For Sukkahville 2014

In the annual Sukkahville design competition in Toronto, entrants are challenged to reimagine the sukkah, a structure that the competition organizers describe as a "symbolic wilderness shelter, symbolizing the frailty and transience of life," traditionally built during the Jewish festival of Sukkot to commemorate the 40 years that the Jews spent wandering the desert. For the 2014 competition, New Jersey-based graduates Michael Signorile and Edward Perez created "Reflect.Reveal.Rebirth," a structure that responds to this challenge to create a transient space for contemplation by utilizing a biodegradable skin.

Courtesy of Michael Signorile and Edward Perez The Sukkah after a rain shower. Image Courtesy of Michael Signorile and Edward Perez Courtesy of Michael Signorile and Edward Perez Close-up of the foam panels. Image Courtesy of Michael Signorile and Edward Perez

Bar Raval / Partisans

  • Architects: Partisans
  • Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Design Team: Alexander Josephson, Pooya Baktash, Jonathan Friedman, Ivan Vasyliv, Ariel Cooke
  • Photographs: Jonathan Friedman / Partisans

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KPMB and West 8 Selected to Redesign Toronto Ferry Terminal

KPMB Architects, West 8 and Greenberg Consultants have been announced as winners of a competition to revitalize Toronto's Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbor Square Park. The winning proposal, "Harbour Landing" envisions a terminal embedded within the surrounding park and topped with a lush public green space that expands the waterfront park. 

"The vision for the area will result in a welcoming gateway to the Toronto Islands – one of the City's most unique and cherished parks – with amenities and infrastructure to support the approximately 1.3 million visitors who use the ferry each year," said competition organizers, Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto in a press release. 

Courtyard House / Studio JCI

  • Architects: Studio JCI
  • Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Structural Engineering: LMS Engineering
  • Area: 392.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Tom Arban

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5 Proposals Reimagine Toronto Ferry Terminal and Waterfront Park

Waterfront Toronto has unveiled five proposals for the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park design competition. The finalists were tasked with transforming Toronto's waterfront by revitalizing the existing ferry terminal and park through an extensive gradually-implemented masterplan. See all five proposals, including designs by nARCHITECTS and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, after the break.

Clement Blanchet Architecture, Batlle i Roig, RTVR, Scott Torrance, Landscape Architect Inc.. Image Courtesy of WATERFRONToronto Diller Scofidio + Renfro, architectsAlliance, Hood Design. Image Courtesy of WATERFRONToronto Quadrangle Architects, aLLDesign, Janet Rosenburg & Studio. Image Courtesy of WATERFRONToronto View from Ferry - Jack Layton City Terminal Park / Clement Blanchet Architecture, Batlle i Roig, RTVR, Scott Torrance, Landscape Architect Inc.. Image Courtesy of WATERFRONToronto

Foster + Partners Reveal Plans for Toronto's Second Tallest Tower

Foster + Partners has unveiled plans for an 80-story mixed-use tower that will rise 318-meters on a prominent site in downtown Toronto at One Bloor West. The city’s second tallest building, “The One” skyscraper aims to “pioneer a new model of vertical retail” with an expansive, 60-meter commercial base that will anchor dense housing. 

AD Classics: Robarts Library / Warner, Burns, Toan & Lunde

If the architectural volte face of the late 1960s heralded the genesis of postmodernism, deconstruction, and a golden age of theory, it came at an equally destructive cost. Escaping the totalizing regime of modernism demanded from architects more than the promise of new ideas; it required the falsification of modernist axioms and the wholesale annihilation of its spiritual eidos. In this critical moment of death and rebirth, some pieces of the modern project survived only by hiding under the cloak of the technological progress, while others—like modern city planning—persisted only because there was no way to turn back the clock.

© Flickr user The City of Toronto The glow of incandescent lights off the dark surfaces does little to brighten the mood.. Image © Flickr user Andrew Louis The library's triangular shape intersects violently with the rectantular street grid of the Toronto campus.. Image via Bing Maps 14th Floor Plan

Through House / Dubbeldam Architecture + Design

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"Winter Stations" Bring Warmth to Toronto's Frozen Beaches

Five finalists have emerged from the 196 submissions of Toronto’s first international Winter Stations design competition. Drawing proposals from 36 countries around the world, the competition challenged entrants to transform the lifeguard stations on Toronto’s east beaches into public art pieces for the winter. The finalists’ designs were constructed in mid-February and will be displayed until March 20, 2015. 

Take a look at the completed installations, after the break. 

Sling Swing. Image © Eamon MacMahon Driftwood Throne. Image © Eamon MacMahon HotBox. Image © Nicolas Croft Snowcone. Image © Remi Carreiro