Sheridan Residence by Studio AC

This is a small home renovation in Toronto, Ontario by Studio AC. The architects say that rather than create a home composed of several rooms within an open plan they designed a room to revolve around a singular mass. The ‘mass’ presents both the aesthetic and functional anchor for the project, containing all of its support functions in a clean plywood wrapper. Plus it has THE best dog house, right?

The Studio for Architecture and Collaboration (Studio AC) is a collaborative architecture practice in Toronto, Ontario.

Photography by Sarjoun Faour

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Tea House by Kengo Kuma & Merrick Architecture for Westbank

To celebrate Kengo Kuma's first tower in North America (1550 Alberni, due 2020) the practice designed a wooden teahouse on the 19th floor of The Shaw Tower, a residential building overlooking the Vancouver harbour. The structure is a modern translation of a traditional teahouse, using Japanese techniques within a unique setting, merging nature and city together. Watch this lovely mini-documentary, he explains it.

Kengo Kuma & Associates were lead designers, Canadian practice Merrick Architecture was the executive architect and Westbank the client.

Photography by Ema Peter

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The Polygon Gallery by Patkau Architects

The newly opened 23,000 square foot Polygon Gallery in North Vancouver is the largest independent non-profit photography gallery in Canada. The design, by Patkau Architects is both 'simple and bold' - a sawtooth structure clad in crumpled stainless steel shingles cantilevered above a glazed pavilion below. It's a fairly small building, but the interior captures a beautiful sense of space and light and the views are BIG.  

Patkau Architects designs everything from art installations to major urban buildings (you can see another one of their museum designs below), and is based in Vancouver, BC.

Photography by Ema Peter (she's good.)

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Bauhaus Restaurant by STUDIOcm and Matthew McCormick

I am one of those awful people that peer into houses as I walk by. And something cringes inside of me when I see a kitchen glowing green with harsh fluorescent overhead lighting (WHY?!) This restaurant is the opposite of that. 

This is the beautiful and minimalist Bauhaus in Vancouver, with interiors designed by STUDIOcm and lighting by Matthew McCormick Studio

The double height space has been stripped back to reveal original brick, sandstone and steel, with new walnut and oak providing a balancing warmth. The angular lighting installation creates dimension in the soaring space and indirect lighting throughout provides warmth and moodiness. It's JUST SO GOOD.

STUDIOcm and Matthew McCormick Studio are both located in Vancouver, BC. Photography is by Ema Peter (I think).

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The Audain Art Museum by Patkau Architects

The already multi-award winning Audain Art Museum In Whistler, BC by Patkau Architects has been shortlisted for a prestigious RIBA Award, the only Canadian project to be included this year (ahem). 

Bit of a tricky site this is...the new structure sits on a floodplain and must withstand 4.5 metres of snow annually... so in response to these conditions, Patkau developed a steep, asymmetrical peaked roof to shed the snow, and raised the building one storey aboveground on a series of pillars. The landscape then becomes part of the artwork on display, with views looking out onto a forest of Engelmann and Sitka spruce. Amazingly, only one tree was sacrificed in the building of this 5,203-square-metre building. 

The museum houses the collection of West-Coast art owned by developer and philanthropist Michael Audain, including landscape paintings by Emily Carr, historic masks by Northwest Coast First Nations artists and mural-sized photographs by conceptualist Jeff Wall.

Patkau Architects is an architecture and design research studio based in Vancouver, Canada. They "explore the richness and diversity of architectural practice, understanding it as a critical cultural act that engages our most fundamental desires and aspirations."

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Courtyard House by Studio Junction

This is the Courtyard House in Toronto, Ontario by Studio Junction (it's an oldie but a goodie). The lot was previously occupied by a contractor warehouse, and instead of demolishing the structure, Studio Junction retained the frame and and created this BEAUTIFUL family home. Those kids know a good house when they see one. 

Studio Junction was founded by Peter Tan and Christine Ho Ping Kong in 2004. The partners formed a small design studio and custom woodworking shop grounded in the experience and knowledge that comes from combined degrees in Architecture and Fine Arts. The practice is involved in the design and construction of spaces and objects at various scales.

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Liu Gibbons House by D'Arcy Jones Architecture

Vancouver practice D'Arcy Jones Architecture has done a beautiful restoration of a 1970's house on a precarious cliff in North Vancouver which included infilling some multi-level floor platforms, relocating the kitchen and re-jigging the powder bathroom. "Sensitive to Architect Robert Hassell's original vision and language, the existing structure was either left as-is or completely removed, creating a potpourri of 1970's get-'er-done pragmatism with contemporary white linings."

Photography by Sama Jim Canzian

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Grand-pic Chalet by Appareil Architecture

Welcome! For our first post we have a project that combines some of our favourite elements - a monochrome colour palette, a minimalist but warm aesthetic and so many textures - plywood interiors, black corrugated steel cladding, silver metal roofing and those beautiful oversized windows.

This a home in rural Quebec built for a family who wanted a welcoming space to host friends and family and which nestled comfortably in its natural surroundings. Guests get their own mini-accommodation connected to the main house with a cedar deck, close enough to be friendly but not too cosy. Oh and it has an outdoor shower. Sigh. 

Appareil is a Montreal-based firm whose 'mission is to design quality residential and commercial environments that stay true to our Nordic roots and demonstrate our commitment to find a balance between tradition and modernity.'

Outdoor furniture by Coop Etabli and  lighting by  Hamster, both are based in Montreal, Canada.

Photography by Felix Michaud.

 

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