Pastel Rita by APPAREIL Architecture


Look! Something with COLOUR! Normally I’m not into that kinda thing, but this is so lovely.

APPAREIL Architecture has designed Pastel Rita - a 1500 sqf café, artisans’ workshops, and boutique space all brought to life with beautiful shades of pink, green and gold.

Located on St-Laurent street in the Mile-End neighbourhood of Montreal, the cafe - named in honor of Rita, the owners grand-mother - consists of a large central bar in green, contrasting with a gold corridor peeking out through slatted screens with arched openings, showcasing the artisans’ goods for sale. Surrounding the bar are pink tables, chairs and banquettes, with large windows looking into the whitewashed studios where the makers are at work.

Architecture : APPAREIL architecture Entrepreneur: Deux Marteaux Cabinetmaker: Atelier Assembly Lamp design: Studio Botté Chaises et tabourets FLOE : Appareil atelier Furniture production: Allstudio Photography: Félix Michaud

Architecture : APPAREIL architecture
Entrepreneur: Deux Marteaux
Cabinetmaker: Atelier Assembly
Lamp design: Studio Botté
Chaises et tabourets FLOE : Appareil atelier
Furniture production: Allstudio
Photography: Félix Michaud

coquo - Beautiful modular kitchens (and other rooms)

Could this be the perfect kitchen?

New Montreal-based coquo creates modular freestanding kitchen furniture that is timeless, durable, and SO BEAUTIFUL. There are loads of options to choose from to create your ideal space, including a natural palette of materials - oak and steel - in shades of natural timber, matte bronze, midnight black and glossy white. Their tagline is ‘Modern lines with old school charm’.  I am just giddy inside with excitement, I love these designers so much!

About coquo - meaning “I cook” in Latin, it is the brand-new modular kitchen concept designed by the founders of Cuisines Steam, a custom kitchen design and manufacturing company in Montreal. With coquo, Brigitte Boulanger and Jean Côté, creators of this new brand, wanted to rethink the kitchen by giving life to each space with more freedom.



Now this may seem like a sponsored post or some other fishiness but I just really love CASSON products. Even my regularity of 'liking' their Instagram posts is getting awkward. But look at the lines, the materials, can't you just feel the weight of that door handle? And they have a new bathware line! They're good. 

Founded by Canadian architects Megan Cassidy and Jane Son, CASSON brings beautiful hardware to modern built environments.


Borden Park Natural Swimming Pool by gh3

The Borden Park Natural Swimming Pool is the first chemical–free public outdoor pool to be built in Canada! Why aren't there more of these? This pool in Edmonton replaces an existing pool built in the 1950's with a seasonal pavilion and landscaped amenity space for 400 swimmers. The water is cleansed through stone, gravel, sand, and botanic filtering processes and the materials (who are the real superstars in this minimal waterscape) include limestone, steel, concrete and timber. Happy summer!

gh3* is an award-winning design practice based in Toronto composed of architects, landscape architects, designers, and technical staff. 


The Dock Building by MGA

MGA has created a new boathouse in Vancouver for The Royal Vancouver Yacht Club.  The facility provides offices for the Harbour Master, instruction space for children, washrooms and showers, and a variety of workshops to maintain boats, sails, and gear. 

"The project’s practical working needs, very modest budget, and prominent siting required a simple solution that honoured the cannery and industrial heritage of waterfront buildings that were once found on the site a half-century before."

A simple massing of two intersecting wedges composed of a series of glulam engineered wood and timber beams creates a strong structural foundation, with interiors featuring durable and affordable plywood and concrete. Waterfront garage doors open up to allow boats to be brought in and out of the water, while on the other side of the building a translucent polycarbonate wall brings sunlight in during the daytime and glows at night. 

MGA is a mid-sized architecture firm working on projects from tiny boutique interiors to large institutional buildings and airport complexes, locally and internationally. 

Photography by Ema Peter.


Window on the Lake by YH2

So many lakes. So many beautiful lakehouses. This particularly perfect one is by Montreal architecture practice YH2 and is located on the shores of Lac Plaisant in the Mauricie region of Quebec. 

The 1507 sqf waterfront cabin features an exterior entirely clad in pale cedar boards and an interior of exposed wooden studs and joists.  Inside a double height living space opens south through a fully glazed wall toward the lake, with two bedrooms to the rear and a large sleeping area on the second floor. 

Not a bad way to start the summer!

YH2 is an architectural design firm founded in 1994 by architects Marie-Claude Hamelin and Loukas Yiacouvakis.

Photography by Francis Pelletier.


BMX Supercross Track by Kleinfeldt Mychajlowycz Architects

Well, this looks pretty fun. The BMX Supercross Track Legacy Project was built for the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto and was designed and constructed to the exacting standards of the Union Cycliste Internationale certification board.

BMX racing only just became a medal sport in 2008 at the Summer Olympics in Beijing, so the designers are contributing to a relatively young tradition of world-class cycling architecture. Using precedents from previous facilities, the designers found that the aesthetics of concrete allowed the practical considerations of storage, ramp heights and retaining wall sections to each be expressed as architectural elements within a single form - "Board formed concrete, prefinished concrete block and a smooth faced framing members all add to the distinct language of each element."

It was also built in a massive drainage catchment area, and rules stipulate that the track must dry within 30 minutes of rainfall, necessitating an extensive underground drainage system. Also, it looks nice.

KMA is an architecture practice based in Toronto, Ontario.

Photography by Scott Norsworthy.


Detour Café by Mjölk

John and Juli Baker, the owners of Toronto design shop Mjölk, have designed their first café. Located in the historic town of Dundas, just outside Toronto, the interiors project is a revamp of the existing Detour Café and many of the design details are available on their Mjolk website (dangerous). Love the sage green paint (I painted my bedroom that colour in the early 00's, this means I'm old), and the milk glass pendants.

This project seems a natural progression for the couple, who launched their shop in 2009 and since have designed their own home (an apartment above the shop), created a series of product collaborations for Mjolk, and renovated a cottage on Lake Huron, Ontario. See some of their Scandi/Japanesey/Canadian design adventures on their blog, Kitka Design Toronto. Excited to see more from them (also, jealous).



Alta Chalet by Atelier Kastelic Buffey

The beautiful Alta Chalet has been shortlisted for an OAA award (the Ontario Association of Architects) for Design Excellence.

Located in the Town of the Blue Mountains in Ontario, this 3000 square-foot ski chalet was designed for a family of five as a weekend winter retreat. The design references the local traditional barn structures, creating a two storey volume with both open plan and private spaces for living and all the messyfun (that's a word) necessities associated with winter activities - snowy boots, muddy tires, dripping coats...

The open plan living areas are located on the top floor to take advantage of the views of the surrounding mountains while bedrooms, bathrooms, sauna, mudroom and garage are on the ground floor. And there is a hot tub, obviously

AKB is Toronto-based architecture studio founded by Robert Kastelic and Kelly Buffey in 2004.

Photography by Shai Gil, aerial photo (last shot below) by The Sky Guys


National Holocaust Monument by Studio Libeskind

Canada's first monument dedicated to the Holocaust opened in Ottawa in September, honouring the millions of people murdered under the Nazi regime, and acknowledging the survivors who fled to Canada and settled there.

The Monument can accommodate 1000 visitors and is composed of six triangular concrete volumes in the form of a star, the visual symbol of the Holocaust. An ascending plane points to the future and a descending plane leads visitors to the interior spaces that are dedicated to contemplation and memory, including a large central gathering and orientation space, and the towering Sky Void - a 14 meter-high form that encloses the visitor in a cathedral-like space and frames the sky from above.

Painted onto the concrete walls are detailed versions of Edward Burtynsky's large-scale photographs of Holocaust sites, including death camps and killing fields.

Architecture by Studio Libeskind, based in New York, installation photography by Burtynsky Studio in Toronto and landscape design by Claude Cormier + Associes.

Photography by Doublespace.