Stéphane Groleau

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How to Design Functional and Multipurpose Kitchen Islands

Islands are an essential part of any larger kitchen layout, increasing counter space, storage space, and eating space as well as offering a visual focal point for the kitchen area. Serving a variety of functions, they can be designed in a variety of different ways, with some incorporating stools or chairs, sinks, drawers, or even dishwashers and microwaves. To determine which elements to include and how to arrange them, designers must determine the main purpose or focus of the island. Will it primarily serve as a breakfast bar, a space to entertain guests, an extension of the kitchen, or as something else? And with this function in mind, how should it enhance the kitchen workflow vis-à-vis the rest of the area? These considerations, combined with basic accessibility requirements, necessitate that the design of the island be carefully thought out. Below, we enumerate some of the essential factors of kitchen island design.

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Saint-Roch YMCA Community Center / STGM Architectes + CCM2 Architectes

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  23940 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2021
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  Belden, Prelco, Revêtement de la Capitale, Soprema, Stekar, +2

Grand Théâtre de Québec Restoration / Lemay + Atelier 21

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Modern Montréal: Canada's City of Design

Few cities combine architecture and culture like Montréal. Canada’s second largest metropolis, the City of Saints has become a leading center for design, technology, and international events. With close ties to its natural context, the island city was named after the triple-peaked hill located at its heart, Mount Royal. Today, contemporary designs continue to emerge, new structures that are transforming the cityscape and its urban fabric.

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Opeongo Park Service Center Pavilion / Anne Carrier architecture

Opeongo Park Service Center Pavilion / Anne Carrier architecture - Park, Garden, Door, Facade
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Zinc-Coated Buildings: 20 Recyclable and Durable Facades

Zinc is a natural element extracted from ores. Its symbol, which appears in the dreaded Periodic Table, is Zn. Through a metallurgical process of burning its impurities (reducing zinc oxide and refining), it assumes a much more friendly appearance, and later becomes the sheets, coils, and rollers used in construction. The main characteristic of this material is its malleability, which allows it to be worked easily, allowing to cover complex forms in facades and roofs of buildings.

Visitor Center for Seigneurie-des-Aulnaies / Anne Carrier architecture

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Saint-Roch-des-Aulnaies, Canada
  • Architects: Anne Carrier architecture: Anne Carrier (lead architect) , Robert Boily (B.arch./ B.sc.a.), Patricia Pronovost (architect)
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  150
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  MULTIVER, Prevost, Solider inc, Soprema

Centre de Services Le Bonnallie / Anne Carrier architecture

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Orford, Canada

The Slender House / MU Architecture

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Ogden, Canada
  • Architects: MU Architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  4500 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  Alumilex, Ramacieri Soligo, Victoria & Albert

Fire Station #5 / STGM Architectes + CCM2 Architectes

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Videotron Centre / Équipe SAGP + Populous

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  • Architects: Populous, Équipe SAGP; : Projet paysage; Projet Paysage
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  65000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  Epsylon, Groupe ADF, Irwin Seating Company, Nordic Structures

Le Monastère des Augustines / ABCP Architecture

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Québec City, Canada
  • Architects: ABCP Architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  14
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  Parklex Prodema, Zone Display Cases, Chicago Metallic, Cometal, Engineered Assemblies

15 Awe-Inspiring Libraries That Will Make You Want to Read All Day

From community meeting hubs to secluded refuges, places to learn and places to study, libraries can be so much more than just a place to a check out a book. With this in mind, we’ve rounded-up 15 awe-inspiring libraries, including a Canadian church that was converted into a library, the first library in Muyinga, Burundi – built using participatory design and local materials – and the largest academic library in Finland. See what makes each of the libraries unique after the break.

Desjardins Group Head Office / ABCP architecture + Anne Carrier Architectes

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Harfang-Des-Neiges Primary School / CCM2 Architectes + Onico Architecture

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Stoneham, Canada

Lebourgneuf Community Center / CCM2 Architectes

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Quebec City, Canada

Montmagny Courthouse / CCM2 Architectes + Groupe A + Roy-Jacques Architectes

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