Heritage Ottawa has slammed the latest designs for a new seven-storey addition at the rear of the Château Laurier hotel in downtown Ottawa. The preservation group is “gravely concerned the City of Ottawa may be on track to approve what would be the most disgraceful act of heritage vandalism of our generation.”
The Réseau express métropolitain (REM) project office and the City of Montréal have launched an advisory committee to ensure the new transit network integrates seamlessly into the various living environments and communities it will serve.
Recent instances of extremes of weather have prompted conversations about issues that can no longer be ignored. Building façades, as the “front line” facing punishing weather systems, are a key focus of consideration when addressing designs for the future.
The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) has unveiled its initial cannabis store designs. Cannabis will be sold in 12 stores across the province when recreational marijuana becomes legal in summer. However, only one of them will be a stand-alone store. The rest would be setup as dedicated cannabis zones in existing liquor shops.
Green, patinated copper is the result of a natural aging process and has been coveted by architects and designers since ancient times. Copper does not react with water, but it does with atmospheric oxygen, forming a layer of brown-black copper oxide protecting the underlying metal.
The procurement process a new Ottawa Public Library – Library and Archives Canada joint facility has entered a new phase. A City of Ottawa request for qualifications (RFQ) process for professional design services, initiated in May of 2017, has resulted in the selection of five shortlisted teams from 33 submissions. The teams have been invited to participate in the request for proposals (RFP) process.
The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) has selected Saucier+Perrotte Architectes/GLCRM & Associés Architectes, a consortium of Québec architects, to design its new museum. This is the culmination of a competition launched in June 2017.
When designing the Towers of Love, Toronto-based architect Alva Roy aimed to evoke an emotional response from onlookers. The 22- and 24-storey towers stand alone, yet together. Each structure is contoured in such a way as to draw the eye to its mate. The result, Roy says, is a testament to the depths of romantic love and union.