In the Mile End neighbourhood of Montréal, a storefront space and basement was transformed by Thomas Balaban Architect’s (TBA) into a 345-m2 (3714-sf) mixed-use building. The structure is now home to the Pierrefonds Animal Hospital (HVdP), a Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) emergency clinic, and four residential units in and on top of a small, abandoned photo studio.
Construction of the Memorial to the Victims of Communism has started in Ottawa. The project will recognize Canadas international role as a place of refuge for people fleeing injustice and persecution under communist regimes.
The highly contemporary Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Subway Station is an artistic jewel on Toronto Transit Commission’s (TTC) Spadina Subway Extension project. One of six new facilities on the route, the station offers intermodal transit services and rapid subway connection to downtown Toronto.
Earlier this month, the Snøhetta- and Dialog-designed new Central Public Library (CPL) in Calgary opened its doors to the public. As Calgary’s largest public investment since the 1988 Olympics, the new building provides spaces for social interaction, learning, and introspection.
The North American steel industry has developed necessary tools to meet code requirements for acoustic separation in cold-formed steel frame construction in response to changes in the National Building Code of Canada (NBC). The code now considers additional paths for sound waves, including flanking transmissions through shared ceilings and floors.
The Senate of Canada will move into the Government Conference Centre while Parliament’s Centre Block is rehabilitated. In early 2015, the architectural plans for the Senate’s temporary home called for three new committee rooms at the revamped Government Conference Centre. The only problem was the resulting bare walls.
Several factors influenced the design of the new Arc’teryx flagship store in Vancouver, but all led to the prominent use of zinc on the exterior. The retail chain, founded by local climbers in 1989, offers high-performance outdoor equipment and clothing. Custom titanium zinc panels, installed on a diagonal façade along with granite to symbolize the nearby mountain horizon, highlight the retailer’s largest Canadian store.