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 […]

Vaste celebrates Canadian heritage with new furniture collection

Stools with “wild simplicity” and colourful storage boxes feature in the debut series of a new Montreal furniture brand. Called Vaste, the company launched last year as the furniture arm of Montreal design studio F & Y, established by woodworkers Frederique Beaubien and Yannic Ryan in 2009. Items in the range include the Olmsted chair […]

Piero Lissoni-designed residences to feature in Vancouver’s new Oakridge community

Canadian firm Henriquez Partners Architects has designed 10 tree-topped towers and a sprawling park to form a new mixed-use development on a suburban parcel of Vancouver. Developers Westbank enlisted Henriquez Partners Architects to transform the site of a shopping mall into the new 4.5 million-square-foot (420,000-square-metre) community. Henriquez Partners Architects has designed the new community […]

Sidewalk Labs reveals masterplan for Sidewalk Toronto neighbourhood

Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs has outlined its Toronto Tomorrow masterplan to turn a parcel of the city’s waterfront into the “neighbourhood of the future”. Sidewalk Labs, a subsidiary of Google’s parent company, unveiled the updated proposal for Sidewalk Toronto in its Master Innovation & Development Plan (MIDP). Released 18 months after the team first announced plans to develop a […]

Odami celebrates “earthly minimalism” at Sara restaurant in Toronto

A roughly plastered wall curves over the dining area of this restaurant in Toronto, designed by local studio Odami. Called Sara, the eatery occupies two floors of a Victorian residence in the Canadian city that dates back to the early 1900s. Odami was challenged to preserve the architectural history of the structure, while creating an […]

Mason Studio designs Kimpton Saint George hotel as “homage to Toronto”

Canadian firm Mason Studio has designed this hotel in Toronto to feature an abundance of local flavour, including decorative archways and a nod to the city’s famous albino squirrels. Located within a former Holiday Inn in the city’s trendy Annex neighbourhood, the 188-room property marks the first outpost of the Kimpton hotel branch in Canada. […]

Yabu Pushelberg designs blush-pink Goop pop-up in Toronto

Canadian design firm Yabu Pushelberg has created a pink and cream pop-up store for Goop in its home city of Toronto with rustic accents designed to encapsulate the brand’s identity. Goop MRKT Toronto is a temporary brick-and-mortar store for Gwyneth Paltrow’s brand Goop, which offers a range of beauty products, home goods and clothing for sale. […]

StudioAC inserts wooden staircase and bedroom boxes into 140-year-old Toronto home

A pair of “floating” timber-clad bedrooms and a wooden staircase now feature in this Victorian-era residence in Toronto, renovated by local firm StudioAC. Beaconsfield Residence is a property built in the late 1880s in Toronto’s Queen West and Little Portugal area. StudioAC‘s renovation involved preserving the heritage-listed facade and completely overhauling the interior. The studio […]

Moriyama & Teshima Architects creates subterranean visitor centre for Parliament of Canada in Ottawa

Canadian firm Moriyama & Teshima Architects has designed an underground visitor centre in Ottawa with gothic-style details that echo historic government buildings nearby. The Government of Canada Visitor Welcome Centre (VWC) was completed by the Canadian firm Moriyama & Teshima Architects to serve as the new public entrance to Parliament Hill, the home of Canada’s […]

Perkins+Will designs “world’s tallest hybrid wood tower” for Vancouver

Laminated wood and concrete will form the hybrid structural system of the high-rise Canada’s Earth Tower that global firm Perkins+Will has unveiled for British Columbia. The project, called Canada’s Earth Tower, is planned for a 1.3-acre (0.5-hectare) property along Eighth Avenue near Vancouver‘s Burrard Slopes neighbourhood. The site is currently occupied by a nondescript, four-storey building […]

NADAAA fuses old and new to create Daniels Building on circular Toronto site

Architecture studio NADAAA has renovated a Neo-Gothic brick building and added a sculptural extension with a jagged roof to house the design school at the University of Toronto. Officially called Daniels Building at One Spadina Crescent, the school building is located on the university’s campus in central Toronto. The project entailed the renovation of a […]

Pelletier de Fontenay draws on local barns for Hatley House in Canada

Montreal studio Pelletier de Fontenay has included a plywood-lined meditation room in one of the three gabled volumes that form this home in Hatley, Quebec. Hatley House is named after the small, rural community in southern Quebec, near the Canada-America border. Elevated on a natural plateau, the steep gables of the home are visible from a […]

Ménard Dworkind embrace Chinatown kitsch for Miss Wong brasserie in Montreal

Architecture firm Ménard Dworkind has created a microcosm of Chinatown at this a colossal pan-Asian restaurant and bar in Montreal’s Laval suburb. When local designer Guillaume Ménard was approached to convert the former Moomba mega-club into a Chinese beer garden, he tapped architect David Dworkind to partner on the project. The collaboration spurred the founding […]

Falken Reynolds take cues from an igloo for Vancouver loft renovation

A hidden sleeping loft and an all-white hallway lined with closets are among the features in a renovated Vancouver apartment designed by Canadian firm Falken Reynolds. The project, called The Igloo, is located within the city’s historic Gastown neighbourhood. Designed for a young couple, the 580-square-foot (54-square-metre) apartment formerly had a more traditional appearance. Local […]

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