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Jameson House Vancouver
photograph : Nigel Young, Foster + Partners
This Canadian city has some good new buildings by Foster + Partners, Saucier + Perrotte and LMN Architects. BIG and John McAslan + Partners are also working on designs in the city area.

Canadian Architecture Designs, chronological:

Trois-Soeurs Bridge, Québec
Design: ABCP Architecture
Trois-Soeurs Bridge

Trois-Soeurs Bridge - Canadian Architecture Trois-Soeurs Bridge

photos Courtesy of the 2017 Wood Design & Building Awards

Chile Building awarded in 2017 Wood Design & Building Awards

20 Sep 2013
Globe Mail Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Globe and Mail Centre Building
image from architect
A new office tower is set to transform Toronto’s downtown east side. The 500,000-sqft Globe and Mail Centre will be the new home of Canada’s national newspaper and will anchor the emerging St. Lawrence neighbourhood as a hub of urban activity and corporate offices. The 17-storey building designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects presents a sequential stacking of alternate-sized floor plates interlaid with terraces that give the structure a distinctive and contemporary profile.

18 Sep 2013
Peter Gilgan Centre Toronto, Ontario
Design: Diamond Schmitt Architects
The Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning Building
photo from architect
The Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning opened today at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, bringing under one roof 2000 researchers, trainees and staff previously dispersed throughout six buildings. At 778,000 sq ft (72,354 sm), the 21-storey laboratory is believed to be the largest child health research tower in the world.

23 Aug 2013
Residence in Southlands, Vancouver, British Columbia
Architect: DIALOG
House in Southlands - Canadian property
photograph : Kristopher Grunert
This residence nestles into a mature, heavily vegetated corner site in Vancouver’s historical Dunbar-Southlands neighborhood. A year-round fresh water stream divides the irregularly shaped property as it threads its way below Marine Drive to the south. The lush basin resulting from long-standing environmental forces sets the stage for a dramatic and highly contextual architectural response.

10 Jul 2013
TELUS Sky Tower, Calgary, Alberta
Design: BIG
TELUS Sky Tower Calgary - Canadian Architecture
image from architecture firm
Just in time for the Calgary Stampede, BIG presented its design for a new architectural landmark for one of Canada’s leading telecommunication companies TELUS in Calgary’s downtown core. The 750,000 square foot tower creates a dynamic community by blending urban living and working seamlessly.

13 Jun 2013
Chambord Residence, Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec
Design: NatureHumaine
New House in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean
photo : Adrien Williams
New House in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean

28 May 2013
Montreal Luxury Hotel, Quebec
Design: Lemay
Hotel Building Montreal
image by architects
Montreal Hotel Building

20 Mar 2013
Royal BC Museum Master Plan, Victoria, British Columbia, south west Canada
Design: John McAslan + Partners / Merrick Architecture
Royal BC Museum Building
photograph from Royal BC Museum
Royal BC Museum Masterplan
The Royal BC Museum has appointed architect John McAslan + Partners with local support from Merrick Architecture to create a master plan for the renewal of British Columbia’s museum and archives.

11 Jan 2013
Cahier d’Exercices Montréal, Québec, Canada
Design: Saucier + Perrotte
Cahier d’Exercices Building - New Canadian Architecture
photo : Marc Cramer
Cahier d’Exercices Montréal
This Canadian interior design is located in the Ross warehouse-store. This 19th Century buildingused to be used for selling products such as leathers and furs.

5 Dec 2012
Prince Arthur’s Landing, Thunder Bay, Lake Superior, Ontario
Design: Brook McIlroy
Prince Arthur’s Landing, Ontario, Canada
photo : David Whittaker
Prince Arthur’s Landing
The Prince Arthur’s Landing project has transformed the City of Thunder Bay’s waterfront into a mixed-use village and highly animated waterfront park that reconnects the downtown to the shores of Lake Superior.

19 Oct 2012
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences / CDRD, Vancouver
Saucier + Perrotte / HCMA
UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences Vancouver
photo : Marc Cramer
UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Centre for Drug Research and Development is sited on the corner of Wesbrook Mall and Agronomy Road, in the Heart of UBC’s campus. The site consists of a 20 240 square metre parcel of land that is located at an important university entry point.

Bloc_10, Winnpieg
Design: 5468796 Architecture Inc
Canadian Residential Building
photo : James Brittain Photography
Winnipeg Residential Building

27 Sep 2012
Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Design: Diamond Schmitt Architects
Ryerson Image Centre - Canadian Architecture
photo from Diamond Schmitt Architects
Ryerson Image Centre Canada
An international centre for photographic arts designed to house and exhibit one of the world’s most prestigious collections opens in downtown Toronto. This new Canadian building completes the transformation of Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts.

12 Apr 2012
Beach and Howe Tower, Vancouver, BC
Beach and Howe Tower Vancouver - Canadian Architecture
picture from BIG
Beach and Howe Tower Vancouver
The 490-foot-tall Beach and Howe mixed-use tower by BIG + Westbank + Dialog + Cobalt + PFS + Buro Happold + Glotman Simpson and local architect James Cheng marks the entry point to downtown Vancouver, forming a welcoming gateway to the city, while adding another unique structure to the Vancouver skyline.

21 Feb 2012
Mies van der Rohe Gas Station, Montréal, Quebec
Design: Les architectes FABG
Mies van der Rohe gas station on Nuns Island, Montreal
photo : Steve Montpetit
Mies van der Rohe Gas Station
This beautiful Modernist building on Nun’s Island southwest of Montreal was built for Metropolitan Structures, a real estate giant. The architect is one of the most celebrated from the 20th Century yet this building is not well known outside of Canada.

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Major Canadian Buildings, alphabetical:

Absolute Tower, southeast Canada
Absolute Tower Canada
picture from architect
Absolute Tower Canada, Mississauga

Art Gallery of Alberta, west Canada
Randall Stout Architects
Art Gallery of Alberta Building
photo : Robert Lemermeyer
Art Gallery of Alberta Building

Calgary National Music Centre Building
Allied Works Architecture
Calgary National Music Centre Building
image from architect
Calgary National Music Centre Building

Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion, Montreal
Provencher Roy + Associés architects
Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion - New Canadian Architecture
photo © Tom Arban
Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion

Fogo Island Artist Studios, Newfoundland, north east Canada
Saunders Architecture
Fogo Island Studios - contemporary Canadian Architecture
photo from architects
Fogo Island Studios

Habitat 67, Montreal, Quebec
Moshe Safdie, Architect
Habitat 67 Canadian Architecture
photo © Timothy Hursley
Habitat 67 Buildings

Jameson House
Foster + Partners
Vancouver Tower Building
photograph : Nigel Young, Foster + Partners
Vancouver Building

Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec
Office for Metropolitan Architecture
Quebec Museum Competition - Canadian Architecture
picture from Office for Metropolitan Architecture
Quebec Museum Competition

Renaissance ROM Extension, Toronto, Ontario
Studio Libeskind
Toronto museum building
picture Courtesy Studio Daniel Libeskind
Toronto museum building

Vancouver Convention Centre West
LMN Architects + DA/MCM
Vancouver Convention Centre
picture : VCCEP
Vancouver Convention Centre West

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