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Old Posted Oct 22, 2014, 12:16 AM
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We have all sorts of threads for skyscrapers and threads for buildings in every stage of proposal and construction possible - but what we don't have is one for recently completed buildings. Particularly smaller, lower-profile buildings that tend to fly under the radar. So let's let this be it.

It's pretty open-ended - this thread will be for things like houses, institutional buildings, museums, low-rise apartments. Even some of the lesser-known high-rise buildings are fair game (we can probably do without photos of Absolute World and the Bow). Just so long as it's more-or-less complete and was built within the past few years. And good. Let's see some of the best of Canada's newest buildings.

Here's a few from in and around Toronto to start:


Aga Khan Museum
Architect: Fumihiko Maki
Completed: 2014


Aga Khan Museum
by tmo222, on Flickr


Building on faith
by tmo222, on Flickr



Terrence Donnelly Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto Mississauga
Architect: Kongats Architects
Completed: 2011


UTM
by yeliR <>, on Flickr



Residence for the Sisters of St. Joseph
Architect: Shim-Sutcliffe
Completed: 2013


Modernism in the morning
by StephenCaissiePhoto, on Flickr



Fort York Visitors Centre
Architect: Patkau Architects & Kearns Mancini Architects
Completed: 2014


20140918. Toronto's incredible Fort York Visitor Centre officially opens tomorrow.
by Vik Pahwa Photography, on Flickr



Sheridan College, Mississauga Campus
Architect: Rounthwaite Dick & Hadley Architects Inc.
Completed: 2014


Sheridan College
by MafaldaBoy, on Flickr


Sheridan College
by MafaldaBoy, on Flickr



60 Richmond St. East
Architect: Teeple
Completed: 2012


http://www.golbourad.com/projects/wo...0-richmond.php


http://www.golbourad.com/projects/wo...0-richmond.php



500 Wellington St. West
Architect: Core
Completed: 2012


http://www.pugawards.com/pug/nominee...ellington-west
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Old Posted Oct 22, 2014, 12:23 AM
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The University of Waterloo has some snazzy new buildings:


Perimeter Institute
Architect: Saucier + Perrotte
Completed: 2011


Perimeter Institute
by MafaldaBoy, on Flickr


http://www.newswise.com/articles/einsteinfest



Quantum-Nano Centre
Architect: KPMB
Completed: 2012


Quantum-Nano Centre
by MafaldaBoy, on Flickr



Pharmacy Building
Architect: Hariri Pontarini
Completed: 2009


http://urbantoronto.ca/news/2011/05/...oors-open-2011
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Old Posted Oct 22, 2014, 12:29 AM
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Getting into some houses...



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A cutaway house, heavy on the detail

Dave LeBlanc
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Oct. 24 2013, 11:24 AM EDT
Last updated Thursday, Oct. 24 2013, 12:03 PM EDT


Long before I knew what “architecture” was, I came across an illustration – I think it was for Ontario Hydro – of the back of a house with the exterior wall removed, so you could see into all the brightly-lit rooms, hallways and staircases, dollhouse style. I must have stared at this thing for weeks, my childhood mind placing me into those spaces, interacting, relaxing and just generally playing grown-up.

So, even today, when I’m able to see a real house exposed like that, it sends a chill up my spine.

Such is the case in North Toronto, where a house designed by architects Kevin Bridgman and Paulo Rocha, and built by high-end builder Eisner Murray, leaves nothing to the imagination for folks lucky enough to get an invitation into the backyard: chairs, lamps, artwork, fireplace and the second-floor master bedroom are all there, ready to fire the imagination.
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A Toronto home calm but alert, minimal without stinginess

JOHN BENTLEY MAYS
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Published Thursday, Oct. 17 2013, 11:04 AM EDT
Last updated Thursday, Oct. 17 2013, 11:26 AM EDT


The Swiss architect Peter Zumthor has spoken of architectural atmosphere as “this singular density and mood, this feeling of presence, well-being, harmony, beauty” that some buildings embody well.

People on the trail of the perfect house, or who think about architecture at all, are always on the look-out for such atmosphere. And, indeed, one occasionally finds this sense of belonging and homecoming in the single-family homes and even in the residential high-rises we visit. But when we do discover it, the atmosphere is rarely delivered with more tact and clean, quiet grace than I experienced last week in a new house in the South Hill neighbourhood in midtown Toronto.

The dwelling was designed for a young family of five by a team at Atelier Kastelic Buffey (AKB), a local architectural and design firm whose principals, as it happens, have been studying and learning from the work of Zumthor for several years.
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A pillar of light amidst the dark brick of Mt. Pleasant

Dave LeBlanc
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Feb. 27 2014, 8:21 AM EST
Last updated Thursday, Feb. 27 2014, 8:54 AM EST



The eyeball in the wall is watching.

Luckily, since it’s positioned on a concrete wall near the back of the house, it’s watching proud new homeowners Rasheed and Christine rather than the neighbours. Well, it isn’t watching them yet, since the couple (who have asked to withhold surnames) is currently living and working in London, England. But when they move in this summer, it’ll begin its friendly surveillance.

In reality a large, hammered-brass light fixture inserted into a round opening, the “eyeball” by Unitfive Design, is a fun little detail that gives this Drew Mandel-designed home in the Mount Pleasant and St. Clair area an extra layer of “interest and personality.”
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Great thread idea and posts, Monkey. Almost all of those buildings are beautiful. I especially love Residence for the Sisters of St. Joseph, which surprises me because it's not my style at all.
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The University of Waterloo has some snazzy new buildings:

Pharmacy Building
Architect: Hariri Pontarini
Completed: 2009


http://urbantoronto.ca/news/2011/05/...oors-open-2011
This one is just a failure of conception. Honestly, who thought it would be a good idea to put stylized flowers all over the windows? That's what those are, if you can't tell from the photo: flowers. The windows look like discarded strips of wallpaper. The building is hideous in person.

It was an eyesore the day it went up, and it only continues to get worse as the years go by. At some point they're going to be compelled to replace those flowers with proper windows.
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Stunning selection of buildings. More, please!
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This one is just a failure of conception. Honestly, who thought it would be a good idea to put stylized flowers all over the windows? That's what those are, if you can't tell from the photo: flowers. The windows look like discarded strips of wallpaper. The building is hideous in person.

It was an eyesore the day it went up, and it only continues to get worse as the years go by. At some point they're going to be compelled to replace those flowers with proper windows.
The School of Pharmacy has elements at the top that I don't care for but the complex itself is a terrific (award winning, in fact) design. The stone cladding is exceptional. The "flowers" are actually medicinal plants. To me the place offers a pleasant contrast to the surrounding industrial architecture.

Re an earlier post, the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo is not part of the University of Waterloo. It is an independent research institute.
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I know rousseau isn't the only one who dislikes the School of Pharmacy building, but I actually like it.
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Diamond and Schmitt Architects Incorporated Edward J. Cuhaci and Associates Architects Inc. Completed November 2011.




Photos by Tom Arban for Diamond Schmitt Architects
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A few from Memorial University of Newfoundland's west coast Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook.

The administration building.



I have no idea what these two are.





The new dorms.



The new City Hall - an extension of the old one (right).



And a couple from St. John's.

The Narrows condos.



It's a tribute to the adjacent Devon Row, formerly a residence of the Prime Minister of Newfoundland's staffers, etc.



They actually look quite cute side-by-each. I'll have to get a picture that shows them both.

Jack Astor's and Legros & Motti, basically an especially fancy harbourfront kiosk on the harbour apron. It literally replaced little wooden chip wagon-style buildings.

This is what was there before:


(CBC NL)





The Department of National Defense.



And the Quidi Vidi Plantation, an artists' studio. It's the yellow building top.





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Great idea for a thread!
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Some of the projects in Winnipeg by local architects 5468796:



Centre Village









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The Avenue on Portage

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Wow. Some amazing building. University campus architecture looks to be leaning towards very modern impressive buildings..
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Those houses that monkeyronin posted make me weep tears of joy. Just beautiful!

(Although I would warn anyone considering something like the "cutaway house"... my home has similar design cues and as such I have to be careful not to offend the neighbours. Never had those concerns when I was living in a highrise condo...)
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Residence for the Sisters of St. Joseph
Architect: Shim-Sutcliffe
Completed: 2013


Modernism in the morning
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This is seriously wow. I really love this building.

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Out of curiousity, what about don't you like? It seems to be the kind of building people either love or hate without much in between.
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UofT Mississauga has some amazing buildings. Was very surprised when I was dragged out there.

Wow to Winnipeg. Some I've seen before. Others I'm glad to have been introduced.

The Edmonton Art Gallery is just awful. The glass pattern and white mullion caps are the worst.
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