Today, one can spend hours wandering the great halls and floors of this epic structure that overlooks a mountain valley crested with daily sunsets in which the beholder may want to dissolve
Completed last year, this elegant home sits in an almost celestial simplicity against the wooded countryside of Quebec’s Eastern Townships, its white façade blending into the bright horizon.
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The best Canadian residential architecture from our Home of the Week series, according to our readers.
The angular envelope suggests simplicity, but on closer inspection the structure shows a complex play of shapes and forms that create dramatic beams of light into the interior
Free to all, the forum is a way to expose local and international visitors to the richness of the artists and designers who live in the city—quite literally:
This renovation of a 1930s Tudor-style home in Vancouver’s First Shaughnessy Heritage Conservation Area shows how modern amenities can be seamlessly implemented to bring classic designs into the 21st century.
With new products from Mexican artisans, Obakki continues its commitment to rejuvenating communities on their own terms.
“The simplicity of the architectural composition recalls the small farmhouses and barns of the Lombard countryside, making the house a primitive building devoid of any non-essential element.”
Denis Gutiérrez-Ogrinc stayed with the heat, tracking the sartorial and ephemeral styles on the street outside of the Michael Kors and Peter Do shows, among others
Moving away from the modern this week, this home is a 18,000-square-foot “mega-cottage” on the shores of Lake Rosseau by Toronto-based Chapi Chapo Design.
Inside Westbank’s piano program, a collaboration with Fazioli where architects design instruments for the towers they create.
Vancouver artist Scott Sueme teams up with Sundays, a furniture company that recently went from being online-only to having physical locations.
Izen Architecture, an all-female firm, has built a modern home with porcelain facade using standard housing permits in The Bedford Park neighbourhood of Toronto.
“Château’s primary inspiration was a nostalgic reflection on my youth in Provence transposed in the hills of Topanga near L.A. where I live. It has a very similar feel, the same pine and wild oak forested hills close to the sea.”
Responding to both land and family, the house seems to float on the soft green hills, lounging in articulated space next to the tree-lined watercourse, which hosts blue jays, herons, and pileated woodpeckers.
Now, those in the know can access a small, vendor-inspired dumpling parlour called Laowai by ordering a “Number 7” at the counter. Patrons are then ushered into the mysterious back room hidden behind an imposing freezer door.
The wine-and-cicchetti menu is ideal for casual meetings with friends or family, with aperitivo favourites—Cinzano and Gancia—tastefully curated.
Thom Fougere’s approach to furniture has been “archetypal,” which he explains as stripped down in its purpose but not in its conception and design: “I hate the word minimalism because it is interpreted as an applied aesthetic, where true minimalism has complexity embedded in it.”
The 9,500-square-foot structure features the juxtaposition of concrete and wood, improbable forms, and generous glazing, resulting in a sculptural residence that still complements the dense foliage of its surroundings.
Across the Pacific, Gaile Guevara Studio, a Vancouver-based firm, has remodelled a two-storey home on Waiheke Island in New Zealand.
Architectural elements from two ancient cultures collide to memorialize a bond going back at least to Marco Polo in the city where he made his mark, Chengdu.
“It’s a very discreet intervention, but filled with complex technical design features and transformations that are only revealed inside the envelope.”
Being a restaurant in a hotel is notoriously difficult, having to manage the expectations of local and travelling guests, especially during COVID. Miantiao has an additional challenge: the cuisine fuses Italian and Chinese culinary philosophies.
With generous use of reclaimed wood, this Santa Cruz home is a relaxed modern build that channels the beachy vibes of the area and owners.
Dawn is a series of minimalist light fixtures and furniture that take cues from the material palette of New York City itself, Bellardi Ricci’s current home.
Two chimneys on each side support cantilevered living areas and the roof as if the home has two legs that it is standing on in the woods.
Since other forms of travel have been all but eliminated for the time being, Canadian scenic drives might be the salve that the wanderlust-stricken soul is yearning for.
While so many collaborations often just feel like the mixing of prints and brand imagery, this one’s subtly actually makes it stand out.
Reflecting pools dot the property, drawing lines of sight between pavilions and complementing the aesthetic, which the architects call “tropical minimalism.”
When I arrive, the hot winds of summer are blowing down the mountains, melting the ice caps and filling the Athabasca River as it runs through the small mountain town of Jasper, filling the lakes and marshes with glacial water that reflects the massive peaks in its deep blue water.
There is a humbleness about this approach that seems to respect the topography, the grandness of the mountains, that seems to have inspired the home itself with the Café Canal stone walls and the multiplane roof.
The structure’s simple frame contributes to the compactness of the passive house’s sustainable focus.
A veritable “Netflix for cars,” this program offers clients single or multicar subscriptions for one- or three-month periods.
See the homes featured in this year’s West Coast Modern Home Tour.
Ema Peter, a Vancouver-based photographer, captures some of the most beautiful works of architecture in Canada and around the world.
Glazed tiles, used in 1884 at the nearby El Capricho Palace then being built by Gaudí, were placed in the original build and have since been restored by García-Germán, referencing the strong tradition of Spanish art nouveau in the area.
Long stigmatized, these substances are coming into the mainstream. We talk with the experts about the future of their recreational, therapeutic, and business potentials.
There was a knock at the door and Marthe went to open it and found a woman around her age, early thirties give or take, dirty blonde hair, soft denim maternity overalls that were sagging a little in the front, she was carrying a tiny baby.
A Craftsman Bungalow remodeled into a passive house while maintaining essential qualities of the original.
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Walker Warner Architects has created a retreat on the California coast influenced by design elements typical of a home in Cape Cod.
Set back from the water on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast, Roberts Creek Residence combines characteristics of local wood cabin structures and contemporary dwellings into a compelling architecture made up of a series of three distinct areas, each with its own vaulted ceiling.
In person, one can see how the designers have interpreted these themes into the language of a modern restaurant in the historic Montreal neighbourhood.
At 3,300 square feet, with a coach house and pool, the house is a 2016 build that emulates the classic California colonial style.
Now, the British car maker has upped the ante, partnering with Swiss watchmakers BOVET 1822 to create a pair of custom timepieces for the couple that commissioned the Boat Tail.
Atelier by Lambert & Fils utilizes a delicate suspension with forms that sit variously between industrial and organic.
The Vancouver-based architecture firm uses an elegant metaphor to represent the over-reliance on climate control and its negative effects on the planet.
Constructed on what once was a decaying “worker’s cottage”—one of the small, narrow structures made usually of wood that housed many in the rapidly expanding Great Lakes cities during the Industrial Revolution—this home was built as a “ethereal sanctuary” for a retired elementary school teacher.
Muir, set to open later this year in the Halifax waterfront community of Queen’s Marque, is the region’s first luxury property and an anticipated hospitality experience.
It’s no surprise that many are searching for Vancouver restaurants with patios open for dine-in.
The beauty of Oyster Island and the Sunshine Coast in general is a sensitive one, where rare trees grow resiliently and art thrives.
The two wings come together in a glass connection. Noble materials are used throughout to provide a natural colour palette accentuated by the vistas of water and greenery through the many windows.
The Vancouver-based multidisciplinary creative heads a practice that cultivates a fluid position between the fields of design, invention, sculpture, and architecture.
Originally closed off from the expansive water views, the structure has been rethought to open the living space to the sea.
These new towers going up in the City That Never Sleeps recall many familiar forms and some that are new, building on the rich patina of styles that paint the multifaceted neighbourhoods they are springing up in.
The pièce de résistance of the design: a glass-walled atrium in the centre of the space serves as a terrarium with red cedar stretching from the first floor to the second.
It’s about rediscovering things obscured from our view by the grind of the city and the social media algorithm.
Mark Letain, current president of EQ3, believes that in the 20 years since its inception, the company has allowed for a watershed of Canadian design and for Canadian firms to compete on the world stage
Playing with the tension between privacy and openness, the architects designed a square floor plan partitioned to create two interior courtyards.
A postindustrial circular structure based on rational, geometric forms that utilizes a neglected piece of land in the city.
Under the theme Spring Resiliency, the show gathers the best of the best from design in Canada and around the world.
While the styles and price range vary, the common theme is a nod toward the sustainable and organic.
Inspired by the great halls of medieval times, the new two-storey atrium is meant to bring the lines of sight within the house up toward the sky and the treetops.
The exhibition combines video, photography, and music to create a multisensorial experience.
In the last few years, the environmental consequences of cement and plastic have become dire. With this in mind, the government of British Columbia has undertaken a new initiative to fund and explore the building of massive wooden structures.
Blending into the forest while maintaining a modern silhouette, the exterior features an exposed roof of engineered wood produced from Northern Quebec black spruce.
Helping people discover new music and culture internationally or reconnect with music from the past is profoundly cathartic.
In a secluded bend of the Blanco River, this shotcrete-lined wine cave is built directly into the side of a solid limestone hill.
A stunning restoration of a house built in the 1990s by Daniel Evan White, who was an acolyte of Arthur Erickson and translated the West Coast Modern idiom into a slick contemporary style.
“I feel like, as an artist, I have a certain facility for taking what happens in the world, taking what I see, and then absorbing it and translating it for the rest of the world.”
Laneway houses offer a way to keep families together despite the astronomically high rents in urban areas.
An often-overlooked element of the house, the garage is steeped in function without considerations of how these functions have to change with evolving cityscapes, the introduction of more electric vehicles, and the need for sustainable design.
Maximalism is coming back in style, and the design trends for 2021 are all about emphasizing the baroque and the loud.
It was built with minute attention to the climate and geology of the region, both conceptually and practically.
What if you were told that a Canadian business was leading the charge in smart battery technology capable of powering entire refugee camps or remote villages?
Crete Senesi—Italian for “Sienese clays”—is the region in Tuscany where Ciclostile Architettura, a Bologna-based firm, completed this award-winning project.
Cannabis accessories that complement interior design and become a part of a room.
Vernacular comes not from trends or from easy classification but with reference to the practical ways that people built in relation to the landscape.
“A lot of people affiliate contemporary architecture with the boxy shape, but I don’t think that shape has to define the style,” Bortolotto says.
Today, Arthur Bechtel Classic Motors, located in the former Baden-Württemberg airport in Böblingen outside Stuttgart, the historical seat of Mercedes-Benz, specializes in the trade, restoration, and service of a wide selection of vehicles.
These lights draw attention to themselves while accenting the surroundings, the hallmark function of great design.
Scott Specht says that his greatest influence for Sangre de Cristo House was the Land art movement, which has always worked well with the expansive natural canvas that is the desert.
A sense of process animates this home as one moves between the floors and through the outside spaces.
Alongside the interior design expertise of Studio Author, Mok built her vision of a perfect dinner party sojourn under the thematic banner of the moon, which for her represents the relaxing calm of night and dinner as well as a feminine connotation of change and connection.
There are tons of tall Canadian skyscrapers going up, especially in Toronto, so we chose this list based not on size but on innovation and impact.
India Mahdavi is one of few people who have a forthright answer when asked to concisely define her style. But her answer, like her work, contains multitudes.
A facade of mahogany slats is inspired by the way branches provide shade yet allow sunlight to enter, creating the inside-outside blurring that both West Coast Modern homes and many East Asian styles are famous for.
Hunt’s process involves moving between mediums, and speaking with him, one can tell he lives in motion, with thoughts and words carefully chosen with a fluid precision.
A staid brutalism flirts with airy woods, with the percentage of both varying from room to room, as if a dualism is playing out in the materials.
Anything that bears the prancing horse logo is going to be much, much more powerful than most other things on the road at any given time.
A beautiful sculptural home in Lagos, Portugal that blends seamlessly with the old city, concealing a modern oasis inside.
It comes with a glimpse of a future completely in context of a tradition and of the singular artistic visions of its creators, Tosin Oshinowo and Chrissa Amuah
NCaved can only be described as a minimalist’s bunker.
“TAG Heuer and Porsche have common history and values, of course, but more importantly, we share an attitude,” says Frédéric Arnault, CEO of TAG Heuer.
Now, however, the more structured hats of yesteryear are having a comeback; and the success of Jaycow is evidence of that.
Like the surrounding mountains, the structure towers and juts in a sculptural way, marking itself as more than just a dwelling.
It is an emotional landscape that presents a vision of our own turmoil, but also the effects of light, of walking in the world and observing.
Her firm’s philosophy counters the monumentalism of Europe with the expansive territory of the Americas so that the architecture is “confused” with the environment.
True Outliers functions like a members-only club: it approves whether or not applicants can buy one of its parkas.