Architecture in Canada
Snøhetta, Naturehumaine, MU Architecture, Moshe Safdie,
The recent awarding of the Governor General's Medals, awards presented every two years to contemporary Canadian architectural projects of particular value, offers us an opportunity to focus on architectural projects in Canada presented in the pages of Floornature and Livegreenblog. We start with a project we are particularly fond of: the Rope Pavilion designed by architect Kevin Erickson, winner of the first Next Landmark international contest promoted by Floornature, being held for the fifth time this year.
We continue with a project which is not really architecture, but an urban installation: Impulsion, a big collective game inaugurated in Place des Festivals, Montréal during the annual event known as Luminothérapie. This important Canadian city is the subject of an itinerary proposed by Cyntia Concari for Floornature, and projects in the city presented in Livegreenblog include the Bota Bota Garden by MU Architecture, the Sainte-Anne Academy elementary school, reorganised to provide flexibility thanks to Taktik Design's interior design project. Another project for education, university education in this case, is the Ryerson University Student Learning Center in Toronto, by Snøhetta.
Going on to look at residential projects, Naturehumaine redesigned the spaces in a typical duplex (8th Ave) on two levels to make it into a single home. StudioPractice performed an interior restyling project on a modular residential unit in Habitat 67, one of the biggest experiments in residential architecture performed for Expo 1967 in Montréal, designed by Moshe Safdie. Lastly, Architecture Open Form planned the renovation of a single-family home, the LeJeune Residence, built in 1890 in Montreal's Le Plateau-Mont-Royal district.