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Atelier Pierre Thibault has restored and enlarged an early 19th-century home in Montreal, creating two separate libraries and a writing studio overlooking a river. The owners wanted to convert the heritage building into their main residence, in addition to accommodating a large book collection. “The programme includes two libraries; one for ancient books, and the
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The Brooklyn trend for backyard studios has extended all the way to Toronto, where the founder of architecture firm Six Four Five A has constructed a tiny timber workspace for himself at the end of the garden. The Garden Studio was designed by Oliver Dang at his family home in the Canadian city, where property prices
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US-based Cannon Design and Canadian studio NEUF Architectes have completed the first phase of high-rise medical facility in Montreal, described as one of the largest healthcare projects in North America. The Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal, or University of Montreal Health Centre – referred to as CHUM – covers two full city blocks in
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Canadian firm Alain Carle Architecte has built a sustainable house in the mountains of Quebec as a retreat from modern conveniences. Located in the Laurentian Mountains, La Héronnière sits atop large rocks overlooking a forest. The clients chose the site based on the natural surroundings. Alain Carle Architecte placed a horizontal plane onto the steep
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Canadian studio Batay-Csorba Architects has taken cues from traditional bay windows on Victorian homes for this residential building in Toronto, which has apertures that appear to be slanted. The development, called Core Modern Homes, is located in the city’s upscale Leaside neighbourhood. The building occupies a prime site along Eglinton Avenue, slated to become the city’s newest
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Canadian firm LGA Architectural Partners has created a neighbourhood within an old Toronto industrial building, to provide accommodation for homeless young people. Eva’s is a nonprofit initiative that provides shelter and educational facilities for homeless youth in the city. For the latest of its three residences, LGA Architectural Partners consulted with Canadian agency ERA Architects to revamp
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Nestled into a wooded hillside, this residence by US firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and Canadian studio Bohlin Grauman Miller Architects has large glass walls offering picturesque views. The Bear Stand is situated a three-hour drive northeast of Toronto, on a remote wooded site along the shores of Contau Lake. The 3,425-square-foot (318-square-metre) dwelling was built
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The staircase at the centre of this Toronto house has mirrored balustrades that bounce light and reflections off one another to create a kaleidoscopic effect. Kaleidoscope House is located in Chaplin Estates, an affluent neighbourhood characterised by its detached homes that have private gardens and driveways. The focal point of the home is a reflective staircase, which Paul Raff
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Multi-coloured bars form the facades of this district library in a Toronto suburb by architecture firm Perkins+Will, which features community areas for new Canadians. The Albion Library is located in the Rexdale neighbourhood to the north-west of the city, where the population is predominantly immigrants, minorities, and low-income residents. “The Albion District Library is one
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Montreal architect Paul Bernier has completed a home clad in blackened timber and weathering steel on the shores of a lake in rural Quebec. The two-storey residence overlooks Lac Charlebois, one of many bodies of water in the Laurentien mountain range, a popular vacation destination just north of Montreal. “Our clients wanted to build a contemporary house, luminous and
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Boulders strewn across the landscape informed the disjointed massing of this house in Nova Scotia, which architect Omar Gandhi designed to look like local sheds. The home’s location in Purcell’s Cove, just south of Halifax, is scattered with large outcrops and giant rocks left behind by an ancient glacier. It is named Float, after the
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Overlooking the coastal city of Halifax, Canada, this hilltop house by architect Omar Gandhi is made up black cuboids stacked at slightly different angles to offer a variety of views. Gandhi designed the Fyren house as “a beacon high atop the hillside”. It sits at one of the highest points in the area, known as Purcell’s Cove,
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Toronto firm Atelier Kastelic Buffey has completed a black-and-white ski chalet in Ontario’s Blue Mountains, echoing the forms of the area’s traditional barns and farmhouses. The residence, dubbed Alta Chalet, encompasses 3,000 square feet (278 square metres) and was designed for a family of five. “Located near the end of a cul-de-sac in a private
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Plants and trees sprout from the modular units that make up this timber-framed high-rise, proposed by architecture firm Penda for Toronto. Penda, which has offices in China and Austria, collaborated with Canadian company Tmber for the Toronto Tree Tower project. They propose an 18-storey residential block that would stand 62 metres tall, with a modular
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Danish firm Henning Larsen Architects has won a competition to design a group of buildings in Toronto, with a proposal that channels wind to create a comfortable microclimate in a central plaza. The Etobicoke Civic Centre will feature a cluster of buildings of different sizes, arranged to shelter a public square from cold prevailing winds. The development was planned to
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The old agricultural buildings of Quebec informed this modern farmhouse near Montreal, which features walls of reclaimed wood, steeply pitched roofs and a secluded inner courtyard. Called Townships Farmhouse, the property was designed by Toronto firm LAMAS for a working farm in the town of North Hatley, about an hour-and-a-half’s drive east of Montreal and close to the
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Canadian architect Jean Verville has overhauled a storage shed at his home into an austere workspace lined with oriented strand board. The project, called IN 1, was envisioned as a “model on a human scale”. It is one in a series of recent works by Verville intended to embody the merging of art and architecture, through experimention with
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Today, 1 July 2017, is Canada’s 150th birthday and we’ve pulled together six contemporary cultural buildings in the country to mark the occasion. They include a white granite museum, a music centre of huge towers clad in bronze tiles and a gallery in the forest. Canada Day celebrates the anniversary of The Constitution Act, which amalgamated what was Canada, Nova Scotia, and
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This contemporary firehouse by Canadian studio STGM Architectes features facades made of metal, glass and wood, with interior spaces awash in white finishes and natural light. Called Fire Station #5, the building is located on the outskirts of Lévis, a town that sits along the St Lawrence River in Quebec. Encompassing 1,500 square metres, the fire station
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Canadian studio YH2 has taken the notion of openness to the extreme in this small wooden cabin, which features stairs without walls and elevated areas without protective railings. Called La Colombière, or the Dovery, the dwelling is situated within a forest in Sutton, a mountain village and artist enclave about 110 kilometres southeast of Montreal. The modest
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This wood-clad home in Canada was designed as a secondary residence for sisters that split their time between Montreal and the Eastern Townships, and nestles into the landscape overlooking Lake Memphremagog. Completed in 2016, the two-storey Maison sur le Lac encompasses three bedrooms. Montreal studio ACDF Architecture based its design on the surrounding landscape, which
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This angular museum in the forest was completed by Canadian firm Patkau Architects to house a private collector’s artwork, and creates an elevated promenade through the trees that leads to various gallery spaces. The Audain Art Museum is located in the town of Whistler, one of British Columbia’s most popular ski resorts. Covering 56,000 square
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Canadian studio Aleph-Bau has overhauled an urban residence in Toronto, creating a bright white facade and adding a sculptural rooftop volume wrapped in aluminium. Called Twelve Tacoma, the home is located in the Summerhill neighbourhood in central Toronto. It is situated on a street lined with 19th-century workers’ rowhouses known for their coloured brick facades
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New images have been released of Shigeru Ban’s Terrace House, a residential tower for Vancouver that is poised to become the world’s tallest wooden structure. Designed for the Vancouver waterfront, the Japanese architect first unveiled plans for Terrace House last year. The initial visual showed a mono-pitched timber-framed structure clad in glass that was to be supported by a concrete and steel
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Atelier Pierre Thibault split this lakeside home in Canada into two volumes that face on to a small courtyard in between. The Lac Masson residence was named for the body of water it sits next to: a lake in Quebec’s mountainous Laurentians region. The area is known for its many lakes that serve as an
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Two outdoor spaces bookend this longitudinal Canadian home by Atelier Pierre Thibault, which nestles into the ground at one end and is raised up on pilotis at the other. La Louve, or the Wolf, is a small cabin that was recently completed for a family in Quebec’s Laurentian Mountains. The slender structure encompasses four bedrooms
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This Montreal residence by local architecture firm Architecture Microclimat has a front designed to fit in with the area’s style, while a more sculptural rear facade features an overhanging upper storey. Architecture Microclimat built the First Avenue Residence for a young family, who had purchased the abandoned property in Rosemont – an old Montreal neighbourhood
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London-based Trevor Horne Architects has completed a waterfront house in Ontario, referencing local barn structures through expansive spaces and a zinc-clad pitched roof. The Corbourg residence is situated on the Canadian shore of Lake Ontario, one of the Great Lakes that define the country’s southeastern border with the United States. As the clients had previously resided on a farm, the architects sought to
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Toronto firm Superkül has renovated a mid-century modern home in a residential area of the city, adding a second level dedicated to spaces for children. The Valley House is located in Hoggs Hollow, a neighbourhood in the north area of Toronto. The renovation and extension was intended to provide more space for a family of
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Canadian studio Batay-Csorba Architects has created a pair of slender residential buildings in central Toronto that pay heed to the craftsmanship found in the area’s historic architecture. Called Double Duplex, the building is located in Parkdale – a historic district dotted with Victorian and bay-and-gable-style mansions dating to the 19th century. The neighbourhood is popular
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This conceptual, exposed concrete home by the Office of Adrian Phiffer is meant to respond to the banal character of its proposed location in Midtown Toronto. Called the Semblance House, the project is envisioned for Davisville Village in Toronto, where the architecture can be banal and “quite ugly”, according to Office of Adrian Phiffer, a
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Canadian studio Measured Architecture has used a palette of cypress wood, board-formed concrete and metal to create a family home and “laneway house” for a narrow lot in Vancouver. The Rough House is located in the city’s Kitsilano neighbourhood. Encompassing 3,600 square feet (334 square metres), the residence consists of the main home and a
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Toronto firm Amantea Architects has built a pool house in the garden of an Ontario home to provide washing and changing facilities, while blocking views from a neighbouring property. The project involved constructing a pavilion at the end of the plot in King’s City, which is owned by a family of four. A row of
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During the renovation of this Montreal home, local firm L McComber Architects reinterpreted its mock-Tudor facades with an expansion that echoes the architectural style. The 1950s La Cardinale residence is situated in Montreal’s Ville-Saint-Laurent neighbourhood. Several old annexes without proper foundations mushroomed from the rear facade of the home. L McComber Architects opted to remove them
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This new public library by Canadian firm RDHA features a large slab that cantilevers over the landscape, and a sloping green roof and exterior stair that runs up the front of the building. The Waterdown Library and Civic Centre is located in the city of Hamilton, about an hour’s drive from downtown Toronto. Encompassing 23,500 square feet (2,183
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The “unzipped wall” designed by Bjarke Ingels’ firm for the 2016 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion commission in London will eventually be re-erected in Downtown Vancouver. Canadian developer Westbank, which was a major sponsor of the pavilion, revealed its plans to bring the structure to its home city exclusively to Dezeen. Danish architect Ingels also confirmed the
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A new training facility in Canada by global firm Perkins + Will consists of two interlocking volumes embedded in a gentle slope, resulting in a split-level layout and different facades. The Kawartha Trades + Technology Centre is located on the campus of Fleming College in Peterborough, Ontario. It offers training in fields such as carpentry,
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Canadian studio Omar Gandhi Architect has created a remote vacation home in Nova Scotia for an urban couple, with floor-to-ceiling windows that provide sweeping views of the sea. The residence, called Lookout at Broad Cove Marsh, is located on Cape Breton Island, on the outskirts of the coastal village of Inverness. The area is a popular
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The site for this residence in the Canadian Rocky Mountains was chosen by Cutler Anderson Architects for its craggy topography, which the designers used to frame the house. The home, dubbed Rock House, is an 800-square-foot (75-square-metre) cabin that includes a single bedroom. It was designed as a prototype unit for a larger development in Western
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This waterfront dwelling that hugs a rocky hillside, by Canadian firm Mcleod Bovell Modern Houses, is designed to make the most of its sea views. The Sunset House is located in West Vancouver, British Columbia, on a rugged site that looks toward the Salish Sea. Framing views of the active waterway was a guiding concern
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The Frank Lloyd Wright Revival Initiative plans to resurrect the architect’s demolished or unbuilt projects, starting with a pavilion in Banff, Canada. The organisation wants to celebrate the lost work of the renowned American architect by using his drawings to construct the buildings anew, and raising the funds to do so. The Frank Lloyd Wright
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Canadian architect Roger du Toit, part of the team behind Toronto’s iconic CN Tower, has been posthumously awarded the highest honour bestowed by Canada’s national architecture organisation. Du Toit wins the RAIC 2017 Gold Medal two years after he died, aged 75, of injuries sustained during a cycling accident. He was considered one of Canada’s
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The windswept sand dunes of Quebec’s Magdalen Islands informed the outline of this second home for a retired couple, designed by Canadian firm Bourgeois/Lechasseur Architects. The geometric outline of West Dune House draws inspiration in part from the area’s vernacular construction styles, but also responds to the extremely windy conditions typical of the coastal region.
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Covering two city blocks, Canada’s National Music Centre comprises towering volumes clad in bronze-hued tiles and a refurbished historic brick building. The centre, called Studio Bell, is located in Calgary, a city in the western province of Alberta. Dedicated to Canadian music, the centre houses a 300-seat concert hall and exhibition space totalling 22,000 square feet (2,044
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Clusters of parasitic apartment units cling to the sides of the CN Tower in this conceptual proposal by Toronto studio Quadrangle. The modular wooden residences would nestle between the giant concrete fins of the 553-metre-tall communications tower – one of the world’s tallest, and a major tourist attraction. “Quadrangle saw an opportunity to reinvigorate the
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Canadian studio Alain Carle Architecte has embedded a black, sculptural dwelling into a sloped site overlooking the St Lawrence River. Called La Charbonnière, the home is part of a housing development on a mountainside in Cap à L’Aigle, a resort village in Quebec’s Charlevoix region. The site had been cleared by the developer to provide views
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Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has designed a pavilion for hosting traditional tea ceremonies on the deck of a Vancouver tower, coinciding with an exhibition of his work across the street. Kuma’s teahouse is installed on the 19th floor of Shaw Tower, on the terrace of a show apartment that overlooks both the city’s Downtown district
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Alain Carle Architecte has completed a home in rural Quebec made up of a cluster of blackened-wood volumes that step down the sloping site. The MG2 residence is a three-bedroom home that encompasses 300 square metres. Rather than combining various programme elements into a single volume, Montreal-based firm Alain Carle Architecte opted to separate them,
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Canadian studio MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple has completed a coastal dwelling that features wooden shingles, gabled roofs, and concrete fins that elevate the home off the ground to protect it from tidal surges. The Point House is located in Upper Kingsburg, a remote coastal town in Nova Scotia that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. The area, known for
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This vacation home in Ontario was built for a family transitioning back to Canada after a prolonged stay in the UK, and features an all-white exterior designed to contrast and complement its surroundings in different seasons. The 4,300-square-foot (400-square-metre) residence is contained in two volumes that open onto a central courtyard. “Compass House takes its name
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Quebec architecture firm Anne Carrier Architecture has completed a visitors centre in the Mont Orford National Park, built using a wooden structure that nestles into the landscape. The Bonnallie amenities centre is part of a larger commission the firm earned to design three new public pavilions for the national park. “These projects will give Mount Orford
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This countryside dwelling by Canadian studio MU Architecture consists of rectilinear volumes that step up a hillside, with facades clad in stone and cedar. The Estrade Residence is located in St-Adolphe d’Howard, a village in the scenic Laurentians – a hilly region north of Montreal. The 3,600-square-foot (344-square-metre) holiday home is situated on a hillside that
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Canadian firm Naturehumaine has renovated and extended a 1920s residential building in Montreal, adding a white-clad upper level to the old brick structure. The local studio overhauled the multi-dwelling duplex in the city’s Rosemont–La-Petite-Patrie borough, extending upward and backward from Dandurand Street. Brickwork was replaced, and an angular, glass and white-steel volume was placed on
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A pair of separate volumes connected by a covered bridge form Atelier Pierre Thibault’s latest project, a lakeside residence in rural Quebec. The long, elevated corridor gives the project its name: La Grande Passerelle. It was recently completed for a young family, and is set on a sloping site by Canada’s Lac des Piles. The
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Canadian studio Post Architecture has added a protruding window box to a century-old brick house as part of a major renovation of the urban residence. The Riverdale Dormer House sits across from a popular park in Riverdale, a community just east of downtown Toronto. Local firm Post Architecture worked with a team of engineers, designers and builders
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D’Arcy Jones Architecture has renovated a 100-year-old structure in Vancouver, excavating the basement to create new living spaces with direct access the home’s yard. The 480 House is located in East Vancouver, an up-and-coming part of town with a growing cultural scene. The original structure, built in 1901, was in severe need of renovation, and
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Living spaces are enclosed in a plywood box nested inside an expansive gabled volume in this Canadian lakeside property by La Shed Architecture. The Chalet de la Plage – or Beach Chalet – is located on the shores of a lake in the Laurentians region of Quebec. The natural retreat was built for a couple
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A young carpenter who wished to build his own residence was the client for this modest project by Atelier l’Abri, located in Quebec’s Eastern Townships. The owner dubbed the cabin Wood Duck for its ubiquitous material. Timber makes up the structure of the home, as well as the exterior cladding and interior finishes. The project
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Cedar boards and slate blocks clad the geometric blocks that make up this house in rural Quebec, designed by Canadian studio Simard Architecture to sit over the remnants of an old farmhouse. The residence, located in the village of Hemmingford in southern Quebec, was designed for a couple swapping their home in the city for a
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Montreal firm Appareil Architecture has combined two dwellings in the city, which involved removing walls to bring in more natural light and creating a new sunken lounge space. Because the renovation merges the two formerly separate units, fewer walls were required to divide the space. This meant that Appareil Architecture could create more generously sized living spaces. The
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Canadian firm Quadrangle Architects has transformed a 19th-century brick building once used to store wine into a workspace for designers, artists and tech companies. Named 60 Atlantic Avenue, the 43,000-square-foot building (3,995 square metres) is located in Toronto’s Liberty Village neighbourhood, a former industrial area now occupied by young professionals and creative-sector businesses. L-shaped in
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This monument to seamen by Canadian studio Bourgeois Lechasseur Architects stands on the site of a fish processing plant that was destroyed in a fire. Called The Place des Gens de Mer, or The Square of Seafarers, the memorial is situated in the heart of Cap-aux-Meules – a village in the Magdalen Islands. Part of the Quebec
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The US election result has driven some Americans to search for a way out across the northern border – so many that the website for Canadian Immigration has been crashing from demand. For those keeping that daydream alive, here are ten cabins in Canada that would be perfect to escape to. From a 1970s-style ski
A+Awards: next in our showcase of this year’s Architizer A+Awards winners is a wooden artist’s retreat on Vancouver Island by Toronto firm Agathom. Named Rainforest Retreat, the small property is nestled among trees on the island off the British Columbia coast. It acts as both a home and art studio for its owner, who asked
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Quebec firm Atelier Pierre Thibault has overhauled a home built in the 1970s, removing interior partitions and locating a sculptural plywood staircase at its core. The Belcourt Residence is a single-family home located in Quebec City, Canada. The original property was built in the vernacular Canadian style, with thick walls and deep overhanging roofs. “The clients
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These photographs provide a more detailed look at OMA’s extension to the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Quebec, described as the largest cultural project in the Canadian province when it opened this summer. The images by Doublespace Photography show the Pierre Lassonde Pavilion after it began welcoming the public in June 2016. The series of
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Canadian studio Bourgeois Lechasseur Architects has stacked two wood-and-glass volumes at opposing angles, resulting in a home designed to embrace its picturesque surroundings (+ slideshow). The Altaïr House is located in Cap-à-l’Aigle, a resort village situated along the Saint-Lawrence River in Quebec’s Charlevoix region. Its name refers to the brightest star in the Aquila constellation, called The Flying More
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Canadian firm +tongtong has overhauled a traditional home in Toronto, adding a large triangular window, dark zinc cladding and an interior lightwell that provides natural illumination. Called Zn House, the project entailed the transformation of a three-storey Victorian home through “a series of strategic moves and incisions”. The architect was tasked with creating a larger, More
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