Cabins in Ontario by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple topped with massive hip roofs

Shiplap siding, glazed walls and large hip roofs form the exterior of holiday homes designed by Canadian studio MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects for an upscale resort island in Ontario‘s Muskoka region. The Bigwin Island Club Cabins are part of a planned community on a 210-hectare island in the Lake of Bays, located about 260 kilometres north […]

Angular black house by Campos Studio is designed around Canadian rainforest clearing

Black metal panels and angled wooden slats cover this pointed house Canadian practice Campos Studio has created for a woman and her dog living in Pacific Northwest rainforest. The property is set among forest in a small municipality called Sooke, which is located on Canada’s Vancouver Island. The area is known for its dense old-growth […]

Slatted stone encloses glass extension for Edmonton Symphony Orchestra by Andrew Bromberg

Architect Andrew Bromberg at Aedas has revealed the design for an extension to the home of Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in Canada, featuring rounded glass walls wrapped by a slatted stone, and an elevated garden. Andrew Bromberg at international architecture firm Aedas designed the renovation for the home of the orchestra called Winspear Centre for Music, […]

Building Arts Architects creates remote glass boathouse on Ontario lake

Toronto practice Building Arts Architects used a small watercraft and boats to transport prefabricated elements to build this boathouse on a site only accessible by water in Ontario. Building Arts Architects designed the boathouse on Kawagama Lake, which is about a three hours drive north of Canadian city Toronto. Because of this remote setting, the studio […]

Five woodland retreats in Canada by Atelier Pierre Thibault

Quebec studio Atelier Pierre Thibault‘s portfolio is filled with remote getaways around Canada. Here are five houses the firm has designed that make the most of their wooded settings. Le Lupin Light filters through slatted white walls of this residence buried in the woods of rural Quebec with terraces enveloping both levels of the minimal […]

Blue trim and terracotta tiles enliven Vancouver tapas joint by Ste Marie

Vancouver studio Ste Marie has designed a cafe in the city wrapped in tiles as a riff on cosy, compact Spanish tapas bars. The local design studio modelled the eatery Como Taperia on Spain’s “standing-room-only” tapas bars in places like Barcelona’s lively Poble Sec neighbourhood and Madrid’s La Latina district. “At Como, our goal was […]

Closure of Canada’s only design museum shows “lack of support for design” says V&A curator

The closure of Design Exchange’s permanent collection demonstrates an absence of support for the design industry in the country, says Canadian writer and V&A senior curator Brendan Cormier. The Design Exchange (DX) in Toronto, Canada’s museum dedicated to design, has ended its only display – the Permanent Collection of Canadian Industrial Design – in order […]

Burgers Architecture designs holiday home on “the edge of the sea” in Vancouver

Canadian studio Burgers Architecture has built a vacation home on Vancouver‘s Bowen Island with gabled volumes that culminate in glass walls to overlook the region’s waterway. The house is built on a rocky promontory on Bowen Island, an island to the north of Downtown Vancouver. Burgers Architecture designed the holiday home to harness the ruggedness […]

ACDF builds Panorama retirement home for “sophisticated seniors” on outskirts of Montreal

Montreal firm ACDF Architecture has designed a 30-storey tower to accommodate elderly housing in Quebec featuring interiors that are more akin to a boutique hotel. The firm completed the project called Panorama in Laval, a city that is about a 40-minute drive from Montreal, Canada. It comprises a slender residential tower and a two-storey linear volume […]

Atelier Pierre Thibault builds slender Leblanc Residence on sandy Canadian coast

Traditional maritime construction and the harsh climate of Canada’s Atlantic coast influenced the architecture studio Atelier Pierre Thibault‘s design of this house, which is raised on pilotis above a sandy site. The Quebec City firm designed the low-slung Leblanc Residence for a rural plot that overlooks Canada’s Northumberland Strait. It is located in Grand-Barachois, a […]

Appareil Architecture uses minimal palette to update 1960s Montreal home

Dark slate tiles, white marble and wood are among the materials that Canadian studio Appareil Architecture has used in the renovation of a mid-century home in Montreal to “foster harmony” with existing details. Appareil Architecture designed the overhaul for a residence in the city’s Outremont neighbourhood, which was completed in the 1960s by Montreal architect […]

GH3 designs naturally filtered outdoor swimming pool for Canadian park

Dark limestone walls form a low-lying pool house that runs alongside this chemical-free swimming bath in Edmonton, designed by architecture studio GH3. Located inside Borden Park, a community park in Edmonton, GH3‘s bath includes a large swimming pool, a children’s pool and a pool house for changing and equipment. All the water in the Borden […]

Scott & Scott Architects outfit Vancouver’s Fig facial bar with scalloped green walls

Perforated green steel walls form curved nooks slotted with a washbasin and shelving inside this beauty store in Vancouver, designed by local studio Scott & Scott Architects. Scott & Scott Architects designed the store for Fig – a skincare bar founded by Anita Chan and Jessica Walsh that offers a range of treatments including facials […]

Charles Simon creates boxy wooden luggage influenced by aeronautical design

Two aeronautical engineers have designed this series of luggage featuring rigid Canadian wood and leather shells. Charles G Tremblay and Simon Maltais, who were previously aeronautical engineers, founded the baggage company Charles Simon in Montreal in 2014. The two met as engineering students at Montreal’s École de Technologie Supérieure and, after years of experience in […]

Atelier Pierre Thibault turns Ottawa residence into minimal apartments

Quebec City architecture studio Atelier Pierre Thibault has added a slatted wooden terrace to the rear of a house in Ottawa, as part of its transformation into two apartments. Atelier Pierre Thibault overhauled an existing house in New Edinburgh, a quiet area just north of the city centre, into a pair of two-storey apartments stacked […]

Montreal wine bar Vinvinvin by Ménard Dworkind takes cues from bottle labels

Deep purple tiles, geometric patterns and wine bottles repurposed as lamps feature inside this bar in Montreal, designed by local architecture studio Ménard Dworkind. The Vinvinvin bar in Montreal was designed by local firm Ménard Dworkind to feature a bold mix of colour, pattern and texture. “They were looking for something loud, something with a […]

Omar Gandhi brightens Lady Marmalade eatery in Toronto with skylights and baltic wood

Canadian firms Omar Gandhi Architect and SvN have used baltic wood, skylights and plants to update a popular brunch spot in Toronto. Omar Gandhi, which has studios in Halifax and Toronto, and local firm SvN designed the renovation for the restaurant Lady Marmalade. The aim was to open up and brighten the space on the city’s […]

Montalba Architects pairs earthy materials with concrete and metal in Vancouver’s Equinox gym

Bleached walnut, blackened steel and various types of marble feature in this high-end fitness centre by Montalba Architects, which was designed to evoke a “sculpted canyon”. Equinox Vancouver is located within an office tower in the city’s downtown district. It is one of several new locations for the New York-based fitness brand, which operates about […]

Ivy Studio models Montreal dry cleaners on a Parisian apartment

Ivy Studio has used moulding, brass lights and herringbone floors to make this dry cleaning shop in Montreal evocative of a European residence. Les Nettoyeurs White’s dry cleaners is located in Montreal’s residential Saint-Henri neighbourhood. Local firm Ivy Studio transformed an 800-square-foot (74-square-metre) commercial space with the aim to create the “cosy” Les Nettoyeurs White’s […]

Lemay Michaud designs minimal Strøm Nordic Spa in Quebec City

Visitors to this spa in Quebec, which was designed by Canadian firm Lemay Michaud, can enjoy views of the Saint Lawrence River from its pools, waterfalls, hot tubs and sauna. The local architecture studio designed Strøm Nordic Spa, or Strøm Spa Nordique, to reference the hues of Quebec’s rugged landscape, which undergoes extreme freezes during […]

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