Blanchette Architectes recently designed Minéral, the latest bar project from entrepreneurs and restaurateurs Mathieu Ménard and Steve Grenier. A wine bar by day and a nightclub after dark, the festive space creates a discreet atmosphere in the heart of Montréal’s Gay Village.
Smart lighting brings to a project a variety of sensors and technologies that enable a lighting infrastructure to become home minders, part of an entertainment assembly, security and fire-safety devices, and tools that help a business save money by optimizing luminaire use and providing information to HVAC and other building systems.
To address unintended and unwanted killing of birds, the federal government commissioned the National Standard of Canada group to prepare the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) A460:19, Bird-friendly building design, in order to help building industry professionals, including architects, developers, and owners, to make structures safe for birds.
Human-centric lighting can help achieve more natural skin tones and warmer wood colours, increased vibrancy of objects, and a pleasant environment for building occupants. This article makes a case for turning the focus on the users of a facility and selecting light sources that will not only be functional, sustainable, and esthetically pleasing, but also enhance occupant experience.
Montréal-based audiovisual company, Attraction, moved into its new 4924 m2 (53,000 sf) collaborative workspace. Previously divided by two different floors, they left their closed offices behind to join together in a shared single floor space.