Two brothers share La Fraternelle retreat by Atelier Pierre Thibault

The brothers that commissioned Quebec City-based Atelier Pierre Thibault to create them a shared weekend house each have a separate black block to accommodate their family. Completed last year, La Fraternelle – or The Brotherly – is located in Charlevoix, a popular ski destination outside Quebec City. The clients tasked Atelier Pierre Thibault with completing

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Carlo Ratti and Sidewalk Labs collaborate to build reconfigurable Dynamic Street

Italian architect Carlo Ratti and Alphabet company Sidewalk Labs have worked together on a modular paving system that can change the use of a street throughout the day. Dynamic Street is a prototype paver developed by Carlo Ratti Associati (CRA) alongside Sidewalk Labs — the urbanism-focused subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet. The system of

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Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill reveals skyscraper for 160 Front Street in Toronto

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture has unveiled plans for a glass office tower in Downtown Toronto, the latest in a string of skyscrapers proposed for the city. 160 Front Street will rise 46 storeys close to the Entertainment District and the iconic CN Tower. The area is already dense with skyscrapers, but several more

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Studio Gang proposes honeycomb-like One Delisle skyscraper for Toronto

US architecture firm Studio Gang has unveiled its first project for Canada: a Toronto skyscraper made up of stretched hexagonal volumes topped with terraces and planters. The One Delisle skyscraper is proposed for the Canadian city’s Deer Park neighbourhood, on the corner of Delisle Avenue and Yonge Street – a major arterial route that runs north-south.

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Ole Scheeren designs twin Vancouver skyscrapers to be vertical villages

Büro Ole Scheeren has revealed plans for a pair of skyscrapers in Vancouver that would be formed from irregularly stacked glass boxes interlaced with greenery. Named the Barclay Village, the pair of towers will be located in the city’s West End on a plot set between the Davie and Robson Villages. According to the architect

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Polycarbonate Dock Building by Michael Green Architecture glows on Vancouver beachfront

Vancouver firm Michael Green Architecture has built a boathouse for storing racing shells and sails and monitoring maritime activity, with translucent walls and garage doors. The Dock Building was built for the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club on a modest budget by the local architecture studio. The private recreational facility is formed of two connected masses, joined

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Minimal photography studio in Montreal has plenty of children’s play spaces

A padded playroom for children features in this photography studio in Montreal, designed by local practice Alain Carle Architecte to look more like a minimal home than a workplace. Studio Bluecerigo is located on the first floor of a mixed-use building in the Mile End neighbourhood, an area of the city known for its art scene,

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Alain Carle Architecte renovates rundown Résidence Maribou chalet in Canada

This rural Quebec chalet from the 1960s faced demolition, but was salvaged and given a new life by Montreal-based studio Alain Carle Architecte, which sought to restore the home’s original charm. Located outside the town of St-Sauveur, in the Laurentians region, Résidence Maribou was in need of more than a facelift, as its structure, insulation,

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“It takes 40 or 50 years to update an industrial landscape. We want to speed that up,” says Sidewalk Labs urban planner

After disrupting our online activities, Google’s parent company now wants to disrupt how cities work. Dezeen spoke to Rohit Aggarwala, head of urban systems at Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs, as it gears up to redevelop a major chunk of Toronto. Aggarwala’s team is building an experimental new district in Canada’s largest city, where the latest technologies

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Lakeside cottage extension by ACDF takes cues from traditional neighbour

This extension to a Canadian cottage by Montreal studio ACDF Architecture echoes the traditional language of the original home, but executed with contemporary geometry and finishes. The new addition is dubbed La Petite Soeur – or The Little Sister – based on the references it takes from the pitched-roof home to adjoins. “The extension preserves

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David Chipperfield Designs Ssense’s Flagship Store

British architecture practice David Chipperfield has renovated a 19th-century building in Montreal, creating an avant-garde concept fashion store that is to be the first physical store for Ssense, the leading e-commerce platform which stocks luxury bra…

Antoine Predock’s Canadian Museum for Human Rights to feature on country’s bank note

Canada’s central bank has selected the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, designed by US architect Antoine Predock, to feature on the country’s new $10 bank note. The Bank of Canada unveiled the design for the $10 CAD note in March this year, choosing the building in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to feature on the back of the

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Buckhorn Place’s light-filled interiors complement Whistler snowscapes

Canadian firm Burgers Architecture constructed this mountainside residence from prefabricated volumes so it could be quickly assembled between British Columbia’s snow seasons. Buckhorn Place is perched on a hilltop and protected by dense trees that envelop the property. The lot sits in a restrictive view corridor, which dictated the house’s siting close to edge of

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Minimalist art and horse stables influence rural Gauthier Residence by Atelier Barda

Massive brick walls and simple geometric forms define this home in a Canadian forest by Montreal-based studio Atelier Barda, which overlooks the client’s horse stables. The home is located near Mont Tremblant, a popular holiday location known for its natural landscapes. The clients own a horse farm on the remote site, and wanted to add

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Diamond Schmitt creates white facades with pops of colour for Vancouver art school

Canadian studio Diamond Schmitt Architects has completed a new home for the Emily Carr University of Art & Design, which features white facades that are meant to evoke a blank canvas. Located just east of Downtown Vancouver, the building serves as the new “campus” for the 93-year-old arts institution that formerly was located on Granville

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Parallelogram House in Winnipeg is named after its unusual shape

Canadian firm 5468796 has created an angular residence with light interiors concealed within a dark-coloured exterior. Parallelogram House has a floor plan shaped like a parallelogram – a tilted rectangle with two sets of parallel sides – and was built in a rural municipality of Winnipeg by local firm 5468796. Its angular walls create four distinct

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The House On Ancaster Creek By Williamson Williamson

In a bid to re-establish close relationships between family generations, Toronto-based architecture and design studio Williamson Williamson has created ‘The House on Ancaster Creek’ in Ontario, Canada.
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Ontario holiday home by Scott Posno takes cues from indigenous architecture

Iroquois longhouses influenced the creation of a country home by Canadian firm Scott Posno Design, which consists of a slender bar wrapped in cedar and glass. The project, called The Farm, is situated an hour east of Toronto, on a tranquil site surrounded by farmland and a protected forest. The two-storey dwelling serves as a nature

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Alain Carle Architecte completes minimalist home in Ontario

Board-formed concrete and black metal cladding characterise this house in rural Ontario by Alain Carle Architecte, which was designed to complement its man-made landscape. Named True North, the project is located near the Canadian city of Cornwall – next to the US border. Although the landscape appears to be natural, it is in fact formed

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Williamson Williamson designs Canadian home to adapt as its residents age

Toronto firm Williamson Williamson has completed a multigenerational home in the town of Ancaster, designed to allow ageing parents to live with their adult children. The home takes its name from a nearby stream it overlooks, Ancaster Creek, in Ontario. It is the firm’s third project that addresses the design challenge of creating a home

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Black Quebec chalet by Atelier Boom-Town overlooks forest and lake

Two volumes are stacked at irregular angles to form this Canadian forest retreat, which Montreal-based architecture firm Atelier Boom-Town designed for siblings. Completed last year in the Laurentians region, the two-storey De La Canardière Residence encompasses four bedrooms. Its location on a slope was a key factor in the studio’s development of the design. “This

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Wide steps lead to lake from Quebec chalet by Bourgeois/Lechasseur

Broad wooden steps lead from the living space of this Quebec residence, by local architects Bourgeois Lechasseur, down to the shores of Lac St-François. The L’Accostée home was built above the foundations of an existing chalet that the owners had been using for a long time, but had outgrown. “They decided to rebuild while preserving

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Welcome centre for Quebec heritage site rises from the landscape

A stone-filled gabion wall runs along one side of this green-roofed visitors pavilion by architect Anne Carrier, which emerges from a slope at a heritage site in Canada. The Welcome Pavilion is for Seigneurie des Aulnaies – a Quebec cultural heritage site notable for its Victorian estate with a manor house, mill and gardens. Located

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Visuals revealed of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners Toronto skyscraper

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has released the first visualisations of The HUB, a skyscraper that will “hover” above a historic building in Toronto, Canada. Renders show an external steel structure supporting the building and allowing it to cantilever over the Toronto Harbour Commission Building, a six storey building erected on the site in 1917. “Our

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Naturehumaine enlivens mid-century Montreal house with plant-covered wall

A sliding screen offers glimpses to the living room beneath this plant-filled wall, which architecture firm Nauturehumaine has added to a 1940s house in Montreal. The local studio renovated the mid-century property in the Canadian city’s residential Outremont borough for a couple and their two children. At the request of the wife, who works in the

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Grimshaw creates curved mirrored ceiling inside Toronto metro station

Grimshaw Architects has completed the latest station for the expanded Toronto subway system, with a huge curved roof that swoops down to form walls and is covered in mirrors underneath. Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) Station acts as the new terminus of the Toronto Transit Commission’s 1 train line, which was recently extended north. Designed by global firm

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White cedar covers gabled lake house in Canada by YH2

Canadian firm YH2 has completed a contemporary cabin beside a lake in Quebec, with pale cedar cladding running up the exterior walls and over its gabled roof. The home is aptly titled Window on the Lake after a glazed wall that fills the gabled end of a double-height living room. This great room looks out

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Renzo Piano unveils new courthouse for Toronto

Renzo Piano Building Workshop has revealed its first project in Canada: a Toronto courthouse elevated on columns to expose tall glazed walls and a 20-metre-high atrium. Italian architect Piano and his firm will build the Toronto Courthouse in the Downtown area – close to the city’s current major courthouse, which was completed in 1967, and the

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Alta Chalet By Atelier Kastelic Buffey

In Ontario’s Blue Mountains, Atelier Kastelic Buffey has drawn together traditional form and contemporary comfort in their design of  ‘Alta Chalet’ — a holiday home for a family of five.
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Atelier Pierre Thibault builds geometric white house in Quebec woods

This white residence hidden amongst the trees in rural Quebec is shrouded by a grid of white slats, which filters light coming into the home. The two-storey Le Lupin residence was completed in 2016 by Canadian studio Atelier Pierre Thibault, and serves as a vacation home for a young family. Located in Rivière-du-Loup, it is

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Montreal home by Dominique Jacquet and Anne Sophie Goneau is minimal inside and out

A dark blue storage unit stands boldly against the otherwise all-white kitchen at this house in Montreal, where the same minimalist aesthetic continues throughout the interior. The House on Drolet Street is a combined effort from Dominique Jacquet and Anne Sophie Goneau, who designed the new residence to be as pared back as possible while

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Quebec ski chalet by YH2 features V-shaped roof modelled on bird’s wings

The overhanging roof of this lakeside residence in Quebec’s Laurentian mountain range was designed by architecture studio YH2 to match the profile of a bird’s wings. Called the Wooden Wing, the house is located beside Lac Supérieur. Its main feature is its V-shaped butterfly roof, which the Montreal-based architects modelled on a bird in flight. This ensured a streamlined

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Angular white roof covers MJMA’s glazed aquatic centre in Vancouver

Canadian firm MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects has completed a swimming centre for the University of British Columbia, which is surrounded by fritted glass and topped with a dramatic white roof. The multi-use Aquatic Centre was designed for both elite-level swimming and daily community use in Vancouver. Amenities for Olympic training, community access, students at University

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Sawtooth roof tops lakefront home in Canada by Julia Jamrozik and Coryn Kempster

The zigzag profile of this Canadian lake house allows natural light to enter deep into living spaces from skylights, while helping orient solar panels to maximise their efficiency. Located beside Ontario’s Stoney Lake, the 3,100 square-foot (290 square metres) Sky House nests into a steep site leading down to the water. To respond to this

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A Treehouse Inspired Family Home

Designed by Toronto-based architectural firm UUfie, the ‘Lake Cottage’ is a contemporary interpretation of a childhood treehouse. Set beside the Kawartha Lakes in Canada, this family home plays with its location and structure in a thoroughly thou…

Photographs capture cats, laundry and everyday life in Moshe Safdie’s Habitat 67

Architectural photographer James Brittain has explored the hidden nooks and apartments of Moshe Safdie’s Habitat 67, offering a glimpse of day-to-day life in the famous brutalist complex in Montreal over 50 years after it was completed. Rather than focusing on the “formally breathtaking” elements of the Israeli-Canadian architect’s groundbreaking 1960s housing complex, Brittain’s Revisited: Habitat 67 series

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Dog nook and fireman’s pole feature in laneway house by Studio North

Canadian firm Studio North has built a two-storey residence in Calgary with design features including a built-in dog bed, a lofted niche and a pole for scaling. Withrow Laneway House measures 850 square feet (79 square metres) across two storeys, with a garage for three cars on the lower level and the main living spaces

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Gabled kiosks by Atelier Urban Face tilt away from Mount Royal’s slope

These kiosks on Montreal’s namesake peak lean away from the hillside at different angles to look as if they’re being blown over by the wind. The trio of Mount Royal Kiosks is situated close to Beaver Lake, an artificial pond within the Mount Royal Park – inaugurated in 1876 and designed by landscape architect Frederick

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Stark Architecture overhauls Whistler home with black cladding and monochrome interiors

Steel frames stand out against the white interior of this extended house in Whistler, where Canadian firm Stark Architecture has also updated the existing residence and clad the whole building in black. Drifter Way is situated on a sloping site of 20,000 square feet (1,858 square metres), and overlooks Whistler’s Blackcomb mountains. Based in Ontario, Stark

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Diamond Schmitt swaps concrete for glass at brutalist arts centre in Ottawa

Canadian firm Diamond Schmitt Architects has overhauled and expanded Ottawa’s brutalist National Arts Centre, cladding it in glass to create a light-filled interior. Based in Toronto, Diamond Schmitt Architects led the performance venue’s transformation by updating the exterior and interior spaces, while retaining some the building’s original features. The renovation encompassed the upgrade of 20,000

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Naturehumaine updates mid-century Prairie House with minimalist interiors

Montreal architecture studio Naturehumaine has transformed a local 1950s residence with a new grey exterior and pared-down interior, and a layout reduced to one bedroom to add space elsewhere. The single-storey residence is built in the Prairie School style – made popular by architect Frank Lloyd Wright and typified by a low pitched roof, overhanging eaves,

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Mu Architecture completes black lakefront home with two-storey boathouse

Canadian studio MU Architecture has integrated a lake house into a steep site in southern Quebec, overlooking a secluded bay and private boathouse. The Slender House comprises a two-storey rectangular volume built into a grassy slope, using masonry retaining walls to hold back the earth. Both floors have ground-level access due to the site’s incline.

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Cedar-clad buildings “kiss” at Canadian lake house by Lazor Office

Light-toned cedar boards wrap around this lake house in Ontario, by American firm Lazor Office, which comprises two volumes that face the water and are joined at their corners. The waterfront Kiss House overlooks Rainy Lake, a relatively large freshwater body that shares borders with Minnesota and the Canadian province. Lazor Office constructed the residence

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Black concrete fireplace warms Quebec ski lodge by DKA Architects and Kl.tz Design

Chopped wood fits into the side of a huge black fireplace at this chalet in Quebec, which provides a winter retreat for a family of skiers. The Ski Lodge in Val Saint-Côme was designed by DKA Architects, based in Boisbriand, with interiors by Chambly studio Kl.tz Design. An hour north of Montreal, the chalet provides

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Will Alsop designs two colourful metro stations for Toronto’s expanded subway

British architect Will Alsop has created metro stations in Toronto’s Pioneer Village and Finch West neighbourhoods, as part of an initiative to create more public transit options in the wider metropolitan area. The two stations form part of the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension Project, which extends Toronto’s subway system through to York, a municipality in

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Faceted roof folds over shingle-clad laneway house in Vancouver

Canadian firm Campos Studio has designed an angular one-bedroom annex for a home in Vancouver, creating more space for a three-generation family. Campos Studio designed Laneway House in Point Grey so the entire family could be closer together without everyone moving to another home. “The goal of this project was to reunify a Japanese-Canadian family in

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Bourgeois/Lechasseur nestles Quebec home with metal staircase into snowy hillside

Rough concrete, white cedar and vast expanses of glass define this light-filled house designed by Canadian studio Bourgeois/Lechasseur Architects near a ski resort. Villa Vingt is located in the town of Lac-Beauport in northern Quebec. The 361-square-metre home is anchored to a sloped site near the ski resort of Le Relais in the Laurentian Mountains.

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Daoust Lestage’s Pavillon Du Lac

Shrouded in a sea of dense Canadian forest sits a glass-paneled pavilion. Montreal-based architecture firm Daoust Lestage presents ‘Pavillon du Lac’, a guest house situated on a plot of land that slopes gently down to reveal panoramic views of the lake…

Oak Residence is a contemporary house in suburban Quebec City

Canadian firms Hatem + D and Étienne Bernier Architecte have built a contemporary house in Quebec City, featuring a boxy black garage and a glass-fronted lounge. Hatem + D and Étienne Bernier Architecte partnered on the design of Oak Residence, which is located in the city’s Sillery neighbourhood. The building is offset from the street and positioned

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Jean Verville overhauls A-frame cottage in the Quebec forest

Canadian architect Jean Verville has shrunk the floor area within this compact black cabin, in a bid to create a more spacious atmosphere. The project, titled Aframe Rehab by Subtraction, is located on a forested site in Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard, a small village in the Laurentian Mountains. Envisioned as a nature retreat for an urban family, the project

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Atelier Général Creates An Aerial Home

As Mount Shefford’s slope gives way to a dense maple forest, a black-clad minimalist home cantilevers above the trees. Designed by Montreal-based firm Atelier Général, this residence artfully merges with the mountain.
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Paul Laurendeau covers Quebec amphitheatre with giant red roof

A huge roof clad in red-hued metal panels spans above this open-air theatre, which Canadian studio Atelier Paul Laurendeau has built on the waterfront of Trois-Rivières in Quebec. The Amphithéâtre Cogeco is located in the east of the city at a corner point where the Saint Lawrence and Saint-Maurice rivers meet. The site was formerly an industrial area

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Asher deGroot builds Swallowfield Barn with help of local community

It took a village to build this barn for livestock in British Columbia, which Canadian architect Asher deGroot designed for his parents’ farm. To construct Swallowfield Barn, the architect’s parents Dennis and Jenny deGroot undertook most of the labour themselves to cut costs, with the help of 60 volunteers. The agricultural building was constructed in

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Pilotis support black house on Canadian hillside by Atelier General

Montreal architecture firm Atelier General has created a two-storey black residence on a hillside in Quebec, with a main living room supported by slender columns to form a car port underneath. Titled The Rock, the structure measures 2,300 square feet (701 square metres), and is clad in black-painted timber. The house is built on a slope, with a

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Birds and humans share wooden treehouse in western Canada by Studio North

In a mountainous valley in British Columbia, design-build firm Studio North has created an elevated A-frame dwelling that is meant to be used by campers and birds. The Birdhut is situated on a forested slope in Windermere, a small village in western Canada’s Columbia Valley. The pointy structure is lifted nine feet (2.7 metres) off

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Appareil Architecture’s black metal cabin hides in a Quebec forest

Deep in the woods of Quebec, Canadian firm Appareil Architecture has built a black house with a matching smaller cabin, linked together with outdoor decking. Chalet Grand-Pic comprises two structures – one large and one small – both clad in corrugated steel painted shiny black, and topped with silver metal roofing. The two units are linked

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Natalie Dionne extends Montreal residence using offset black boxes

Canadian architect Natalie Dionne has attached a geometric extension onto the back of a brick townhouse in Montreal, to include more space in the kitchen and a balcony for the master bedroom. Clad in large plates of fibre-cement board, the Black Box II addition measures 180 square feet (17 square metres). It creates extra floor

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StudioAC opens up interior of century-old Hilton House in Toronto

Toronto firm StudioAC has gutted a Victorian property in the city to reconfigure the layout and create more spaces for entertaining. The Hilton House, which dates back almost 100 years, is located east of the Wychwood Barns arts centre, northwest of Downtown Toronto. Previously divided into two apartments, the building was returned to a single

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Angular frame juts over Montreal house extension by Naturehumaine

Canadian studio Naturehumaine has extended a house in Montreal to create a family living area and an elevated master bedroom, which are all encased in a large grey frame that offers privacy from neighbours. The local architecture firm designed the extension as part of its transformation of the two-storey De La Roche residence in the

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Maurice Martel disguises office building as contemporary barn in rural Canada

Canadian firm Maurice Martel Architecte has designed a contemporary wooden barn to house offices for an insurance company, blending in with the rural surroundings and vernacular architecture. The complex measures 13,460 square feet (1,250 square metres), split across two large, timber buildings. Exteriors are clad in grey-tinted spruce, laid vertically, with ample glazing that adds a

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Remai Modern art museum is a stack of metal and glass blocks in the Canadian Prairies

Toronto-based KPMB Architects has built a riverside art museum in Saskatoon, which is designed in response to the flat plains that surround the Canadian city. The 126,000-square-foot (approximately 11,705 square metres) Remai Modern opened to the public last month. It provides a new home for over 7,500 art works from the collection of the Mendel Art Gallery

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Glazed atrium connects white sides of Halifax home by Omar Gandhi Architect

Halifax-based Omar Gandhi Architect has built a three-storey home in the city, featuring two white-clad volumes with a double-height space sandwiched in the middle. Syncline is located in the south end of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and sits adjacent to Point Pleasant Park with views overlooking the city’s Northwest Arm inlet. The residence is named after a

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Nine architecture and urbanism projects set to transform Toronto

A host of large-scale developments have recently been announced for Toronto, joining many more proposed or underway in the city. Here are some of the most ambitious, including Canada’s tallest building, an

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Anik Péloquin creates contemporary addition for historic cottage in rural Quebec

Montreal architect Anik Péloquin has built an angular extension to a quaint cottage in Canada, with an off-kilter roof and white-washed interiors. The project titled The Sisters, or Les Soeurs in French, involved creating more space for a Canadian house built in the 1930s. The owners purchased the cottage six years ago, and lived there

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Undulating balconies to wrap 3XN’s condos on Toronto waterfront

Danish firm 3XN has won a competition to build a residential complex in Toronto, which will comprise a pair of tower peaks covered in rippling terraces based on the waves of the nearby lake. Developers Tridel and Hines organised the contest for the condominium as part of its transformation of the East Bayfront, a former industrial

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Bridgehouse by Llama Urban Design spans over Canadian forest floor

Peruvian architecture firm Llama Urban Design has built a wooden house that connects two sides of a tree-covered valley in Ontario, forming a bridge over the ravine below. Bridgehouse is nestled in between two large mounds of earth, suspended above the forest floor. Its main structure is formed from Glulam engineered timber, with two large

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Saucier + Perrotte designs iceberg-like Montreal sports complex with orange interiors

The Complexe Sportif Saint-Laurent in Montreal by Canadian firm Saucier + Perrotte has icy and black exteriors, contrasting the glossy orange surfaces found inside. Measuring 153,924 square feet (14,300 square metres), the complex is divided into two monochrome structures that together house an indoor soccer field, two swimming pools, a basketball court, fitness centre and

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Quebec residence for ice hockey player includes indoor practice rink

Simple black and white volumes form this home in Quebec City, which was built by local firm PARKA Architecture for a professional ice hockey player and his family. Located in the residential area of Cap-Rouge, the property sits on a deep, narrow lot that slopes to offer views of a nearby national park. It was

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Hunter Office Architecture uses Hindu “science of architecture” to arrange British Columbia house

Canadian firm Hunter Office Architecture has built a stilted concrete house with ample glazing, which has a layout influenced by a traditional Hindu organisational system. Located in Britannia Beach, a small town north of Vancouver, the secluded Stilt House was designed using guidelines from the Hindu system known as Vastu shastra – which translates as

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