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NewsNews • 22 Feb 2021

Metrick Cottage and Boathouse maintains a quiet presence on the water

On the edge of Lake Joseph in Ontario, this year-round retreat by Akb Architects is designed to blend elegantly into the rugged terrain that surrounds. Clad in wood, the one-story family cottage is perched above a long, linear boathouse, which maintains a quiet presence on the water. Shai Gil The cottage comprises three distinct yet connected ‘pods.’ The central pod houses an open, communal family space and is flanked by a master bedroom pod on one side and a two-bedroom pod on the other side. The bedroom pods face a stone ridge on either side, creating a visual boundary that extends the perception of space while providing quiet and privacy. The two flanking pods are also angled slightly away from the centre pod to capture... More

Project • By Phaedrus StudioShops


While designed for a specific client and a site with opportune zoning and planning, Hi-Lo Hybrid tackles a prevailing narrow lot condition along Toronto's main streets. Despite the demand for increased density and housing options on these existing transit and mixed-use corridors, they remain largely underdeveloped, including an estimated 250km composed of existing single-family homes reinforced by low-rise residential zoning and planning. Outdated zoning and current planning policies limit the range of infill opportunities, driving homogenous stacked townhouse forms, as well as outsized mid-rise developments and retail spaces requiring long term lot assembly. Over time these development models become further entrenched. Hi-Lo Hybrid demonst... More

NewsNews • 2 Dec 2020

Two eras meet in a fusion between an original log cabin and contemporary addition

Situated on a rocky point that juts out onto the lake, the owners of an existing cabin that had been in the family for 40 years wished to renovate and expand their cabin so that it could take better and full advantage of its beautiful lakeside location in Quebec. Raphaël Thibodeau Proximity to the lakeshore was a decisive site constraint resulting in the cabin extending upward with a second story, instead of outward. Only a small extension on the ground level, a new screened porch on the south side, was considered feasible. Rather than erasing the line between the existing cabin and new second floor, Paul Bernier Architecte instead chose to celebrate the difference, clearly distinguishing old from new.  Raphaël Thibo... More

NewsNews • 27 Oct 2020

Canadian countryside home demonstrates the merits of prefabrication

Situated in the Canadian countryside, this modular home is composed of five prefabricated custom modules that are assembled before being delivered to site. Manufactured precisely off the plans of Figurr Architect's Collective, insulation, windows and flooring were all assembled before transport to site. Due to the speed of assembly, prefabrication allowed for construction to begin in the late summer as indoor construction could continue over the winter season.   Credit: David Boyer With an extremely low environmental footprint, sustainable and local materials were specified. Large windows provide ample amounts of natural light with direct solar gain helping to reduce both heating and lighting costs. The architect is currently in... More

Project • By Evoke International DesignPrivate Houses

Whistler House

This house is 3900 square feet over three levels in Whistler, BC. The owners are a very active family of four and relocated from Vancouver to make Whistler their home. The primary focus was to develop a design that would support the outdoor activities and lifestyle of the family while ensuring that a sense of permanent - rather than recreational - home was created. Further, the house siting was to embrace nature, by engaging both the connection to mountain forest upon which it sits and the ski hill views beyond. The site is heavily sloped and there was also a desire to connect between indoors and outdoors on multiple levels. Southern exposure was to be utilized on the upper floor to bring much needed sunlight deep into the space on long win... More

Product • By WoodtoneRusticSeries


The natural warmth and beauty of wood on durable fiber cement and engineered wood products. More durable than vinyl siding, RusticSeries™ lap is the original two-tone composite wood grain siding option, giving you an alternative to the traditional solid color siding. Available in lap, shakes, and panels in 23 color choices with a 20-year coating warranty. More

Project • By Graziani + Corazza Architects Inc.Housing

Carling + Preston

Proposed redevelopment for a key site looking onto Dows’s lake and little Italy.   Graziani + Corazza designed this project icorporating 3 curved towers reaching 18, 45, and 55 storeys in height, resting on 3 to 5 story podiums. This site is an important gateway location to the Preston-Carling District and to an expanded downtown area. With the City’s transit oriented development objectives Graziani + Corazza is creating a memorable form at the city scale while reinforcing the landmark quality of the site, all while establishing a unique skyline. With the public in mind this project is evolving the context of the area by expanding pedestrian walkways. More

Project • By Graziani + Corazza Architects Inc.Housing

College Park Condos

Phase I, II and III are spread out through College St, Bay Street, Younge Street and Gerard Street, anchored by the historic Barbara Anne Scott Park and the art deco College Park Eaton’s building. The first two Towers employ stone detailing who’s rectilinear forms address the existing context and heights. The individual towers rest on podiums which house a mix of commercial, residential and amenity uses. The podium built form provides the necessary transition to scale as to provide an urban edge condition with a series of permeations for pedestrian interactions. The podium uses a mix of stone, glass and metal cladding materials to generate a sense of solid and void as to further enhance the pedestrian experience in the urban context. Canopi... More

Project • By Graziani + Corazza Architects Inc.Housing

Heron's Hill

The Heron’s Hill Residential project aims to define the neighborhood of North York. With its location prominently on Sheppard Avenue across from Highway 404, it will become a beacon or gateway for the surrounding area. The slender, elegant composition of each of the three towers provides a rhythm in the skyline that is both optimistic and unobtrusive.   This project is designed with different programmatic scales in mind, which lend themselves to different architectural types. The residential scale of the tower is used to define the intersection of Sheppard Avenue and Yorkland Road, while at the same time having a dimension which can compete visually with the larger scale of Highway 404. The podium, on the other hand, is used to delineate a... More

Project • By Graziani + Corazza Architects Inc.Housing


"Located on Lake Shore Boulevard West, Voyager II at Waterview is part of a two-tower planned community developed by Monarch Group, Canada’s oldest real estate company. Standing just to the east of Voyager I, the 16-storey Voyager II building offers 194 Mimico condos for sale and for rent. The suites range in size and layout from cozy one-bedroom apartments to larger two-bedroom units, all with bright windows and spacious balconies. Mostly open-concept designed, the interior finishes include nine-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and kitchen breakfast bars. A wide range of building amenities will help residents experience an energetic lifestyle, with enjoyable ways to relax. Plu... More