Category Archives: Architecture

Your very own Hal 9000, smart home products

Today’s voice-recognition software and wireless domestic devices mean that the seemingly far-off world of Hal 9000, the computer that controlled all systems in Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 epic 2001: A Space Odyssey, is finally here. Home automation has undergone a technological

Your very own Hal 9000, smart home products

Today’s voice-recognition software and wireless domestic devices mean that the seemingly far-off world of Hal 9000, the computer that controlled all systems in Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 epic 2001: A Space Odyssey, is finally here. Home automation has undergone a technological

A Habitat 67 Apartment Gets a Fresh Makeover

In its first interior project, Studio Practice – a Montreal-Toronto start-up –celebrates the raw power of Moshe Safdie’s iconic Habitat 67. For hard-core minimalists, a renovation can entail more demolition than construction. And for the most officious heritage hawks, changing the interior of an iconic building – in

A Habitat 67 Apartment Gets a Fresh Makeover

In its first interior project, Studio Practice – a Montreal-Toronto start-up –celebrates the raw power of Moshe Safdie’s iconic Habitat 67. For hard-core minimalists, a renovation can entail more demolition than construction. And for the most officious heritage hawks, changing the interior of an iconic building – in

La Shed Turns a Corner Store Into Its Hip HQ

A young architecture firm brings vibrancy to a Montreal neighbourhood in flux by setting up shop in an old dépanneur.  La Shed is known for subverting convention. The Montreal architecture firm’s street-level office, in a former general store (circa 1890), is typical of the cheek that

La Shed Turns a Corner Store Into Its Hip HQ

A young architecture firm brings vibrancy to a Montreal neighbourhood in flux by setting up shop in an old dépanneur.  La Shed is known for subverting convention. The Montreal architecture firm’s street-level office, in a former general store (circa 1890), is typical of the cheek that

2015 AZ Awards: “Best furniture design,” “Best furniture system” and “Best lighting fixture”

AND THE WINNERS ARE… Our jury of five international experts had the Herculean task of selecting 19 winners and 47 finalists from a record-breaking 720 submissions, coming in from around the globe. Their picks for the fifth annual AZ Awards

2015 AZ Awards: “Best furniture design,” “Best furniture system” and “Best lighting fixture”

AND THE WINNERS ARE… Our jury of five international experts had the Herculean task of selecting 19 winners and 47 finalists from a record-breaking 720 submissions, coming in from around the globe. Their picks for the fifth annual AZ Awards

ALT’s different

A component along with Urban Capital’s Glasshouse in Winnipeg’s Centrepoint development, Groupe Germain’s ALT Hotel is a total rethink of the hotel experience. ALT is different. That’s exactly what the creators of this new hotel brand intended. ALT Hotels take aim at a new type

ALT’s different

A component along with Urban Capital’s Glasshouse in Winnipeg’s Centrepoint development, Groupe Germain’s ALT Hotel is a total rethink of the hotel experience. ALT is different. That’s exactly what the creators of this new hotel brand intended. ALT Hotels take aim at a new type

Container Architecture

A peek at three iconic examples of the various forms of container architecure from leading European designers. Freight containers are the jetsam of full throttle globalization. To wit, there are approximately 30,000 of them floating just under the surface of

Container Architecture

A peek at three iconic examples of the various forms of container architecure from leading European designers. Freight containers are the jetsam of full throttle globalization. To wit, there are approximately 30,000 of them floating just under the surface of

“A Glamorous Montreal Home Reno”

Montreal’s Jean-Maxime Labrecque adds volume to an ordinary duplex by excavating the crawl space. When most post-war duplexes in Montreal undergo renovation, they rarely survive demolition; their boxy shapes and flat roofs are so utilitarian that little nostalgia is attached

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“A Glamorous Montreal Home Reno”

Montreal’s Jean-Maxime Labrecque adds volume to an ordinary duplex by excavating the crawl space. When most post-war duplexes in Montreal undergo renovation, they rarely survive demolition; their boxy shapes and flat roofs are so utilitarian that little nostalgia is attached

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Four studios in Montreal that are hitting it big

Working out of the city’s brick-clad warehouse lofts, these local firms are creating highly experimental works in graphic design, video installation, furniture and interiors.  For full text, click “View full size” at bottom-right in the slide show. Or, continue below. BAILLAT

Four studios in Montreal that are hitting it big

Working out of the city’s brick-clad warehouse lofts, these local firms are creating highly experimental works in graphic design, video installation, furniture and interiors.  For full text, click “View full size” at bottom-right in the slide show. Or, continue below. BAILLAT

Good to the last drop

The corporatization of McGill University continues unabated, threatening the future of the successful student-run architecture café. In the early ’90s, for a senior studio course entitled Design and Construction, graduating McGill architecture students installed the furnishings for a café in

Good to the last drop

The corporatization of McGill University continues unabated, threatening the future of the successful student-run architecture café. In the early ’90s, for a senior studio course entitled Design and Construction, graduating McGill architecture students installed the furnishings for a café in

Rojkind and the chocolate factory

“Clients who go for the most daring designs are usually in the biggest rush,” says Michel Rojkind. His firm, Rojkind Arquitectos, recently completed the first phase of a Kubrikian chocolate museum. Located southwest of Mexico City, the futuristic building fronts

Rojkind and the chocolate factory

“Clients who go for the most daring designs are usually in the biggest rush,” says Michel Rojkind. His firm, Rojkind Arquitectos, recently completed the first phase of a Kubrikian chocolate museum. Located southwest of Mexico City, the futuristic building fronts