Architectural design
Any new dance studio created in this day and age has to have lots of light and lots of modern energy – and that means lots of glass. In the case of the new space for Decidedly Jazz Danceworks (DJD), a Calgary professional dance company and recreational dance school, “the studios benefit from a vast amount of vision glass, 32 feet of it,” notes site manager Colin Swirles at glazing contractor, Flynn Canada.
When Lemay’s architects set out to design a new office building for construction firm Pomerleau in Lévis, Que., in 2016, they knew they wanted to do two things: bring the outdoors inside and promote a sense of collaboration and connection between employees.
The Humber College Lakeshore campus has opened the doors to a brand new building. Their challenge? Find a somewhat modern glazing respecting Toronto`s city standards for a unique college campus that dates back to the 1880s and needs to be restored.
A full-block development consisting of office towers, retail space and an outdoor plaza, Calgary’s Brookfield Place steps up as one of western Canada’s tallest buildings.
Practically anywhere you walk within the 4,500-square foot Slender House, you can see the property’s breathtaking waterfront thanks to a plethora of custom-made glass. Finished in July 2017, the residence is located in Ogden, Que., nestled near the U.S. border and solidly anchored into the rock on the steep shores of Lake Memphremagog.
Apr. 10, 2018 -  The CF Shops at Don Mills is a high-end, open air shopping centre that invites patrons outside to enjoy their shops, restaurants and services while taking in their ambient surroundings. To further the experience, Don Mills needed signage with brightly visible, backlit graphics to provide wayfinding and parking space information that would extend from daytime to nighttime.
Mar. 1, 2018 -  Innovative architectural and structural design in taller and larger mass timber buildings headlined the 2018 Wood Design Awards event at the Vancouver Convention Centre (West) this evening. The 14th annual event, organized and hosted by Wood WORKS! BC, honoured excellence in wood building and design, and recognized leadership and innovation in wood use. Nearly 500 guests attended this year's celebration of wood, including distinguished building and design professionals, owners, local and provincial government representatives, industry sponsors and guests.
As we kick off the new year I’m excited to begin this column.  The window industry is changing and we are seeing unprecedented pressure to manufacture better windows with lower U-values. However, along with this pressure there are many opportunities. At the WinDoor show held in November at the International Centre in Mississauga there were many great presentations regarding the trends in our industry.
Feb. 5, 2018 - The Marvin Family of Brands invites architects in the U.S., Canada, Japan and Israel to submit their work to the annual Marvin Architects Challenge, which honors outstanding residential and commercial design projects that demonstrate creativity and ingenuity. Architects can submit their entries to marvin.com/ArchitectsChallenge, which will be evaluated by an independent panel of esteemed architects, including Matt Kreilich, AIA, Takashi Yanai, FAIA and Jane Frederick, FAIA, ASID for a chance at national recognition and other rewards.
Jan. 16, 2018 - The jury is in! Eastman, manufacturer of the Vanceva Color System for laminated glass, announced today the five jury members for its 2018 Vanceva World of Color Awards international design recognition program.All projects will be judged by this international jury of renowned industry professionals representing the architectural and design industries.
Jan. 10, 2018 - Designed by Montgomery Sisam Architects Inc., the Greenwood College School Expansion is a 74,0002 -building addition located in mid-town Toronto. The dense, four-storey structure adjoins the existing school at every level above grade, increasing the School’s square footage by 120%. Making efficient use of limited land, it features a balanced mix of work spaces and social space that supports a personalized, new-century approach to learning.
Nov. 22, 2017 -  The Fort Calgary Edges landscaping project, designed to create a respectful delineation between Calgary’s East Village district and Fort Calgary, a national historic site representing the city’s birthplace, features five scarlet red sentinels that present a striking contrast to its prairie surroundings. Architects specified Starphire Ultra-Clear glass by Vitro Architectural Glass to enhance the bold, striking color of the columns, which were inspired by the red uniforms of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
In August Glass Canada, we discussed the development of window wall systems and the relevant past and current building codes and standards.
Canadian author Margaret Atwood has been in the news lately over her opposition to a modest three-storey high-rise development proposed in her posh Annex neighbourhood in Toronto. It’s a leafy suburb that is one of the few remaining areas in the city with big houses, big yards and relatively convenient access to the downtown core.
One of the defining characteristics of modern high-rise residential apartment building design in Canada today is window wall. Most systems in use today evolved from punched windows in double-wythe mass-masonry walls in the 1960s, beginning in the Greater Toronto Area. The original punched windows incorporated thermally broken, open-back, extruded aluminum frames.
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