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In Nova Scotia, Omar Gandhi Designs a Stunning Home to Withs

Architect Omar Gandhi?s oceanside residence for weather-conscious clients in Nova Scotia is as secure as it is sublime. The post In Nova Scotia, Omar ...
11-02-2019 21:54

Toronto’s MOCA is an Unshowy Showcase for Art

A former factory turned intentionally raw gallery, Toronto?s new Museum of Contemporary Art was crafted for the city it serves, not Instagram. The pos...
09-02-2019 21:55

Film: A Day in the Life of a Modern Portuguese House

The evocative short film "Somewhere in Afife" depicts the last day of summer, as experienced by a house designed by Guilherme Machado Vaz in northern ...
09-02-2019 21:55

The Maidan Tent Provides a Cultural Node in a Greek Refugee

Designed by Italy\'s ABVM Studio with input from the migrant community, the Maidan Tent is an easy-to-install gathering space currently being piloted ...
08-02-2019 21:52

These Treetop Cabins Offer a Cozy Retreat in the Norwegian F

The PAN Treetop Cabins, designed by Oslo architect Espen Surnevik, float eight metres above the forest floor on braided steel frames.  The post These ...
01-02-2019 21:52

Herzog & de Meuron Update Vancouver Art Gallery Design

In new renderings for the institution\'s future building, Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron and the Vancouver Art Gallery have unveiled a switch from wood...
30-01-2019 21:55

HWKN Builds an Office Complex in Williamsburg

In a neighbourhood known for its juxtapositions of factories and fashionable hangouts, New York\'s HWKN creates a complex out of two eight-storey halv...
29-01-2019 21:52

A Spotlight on Kashef Chowdhury’s Architecture

Opening this weekend in Berlin, an exhibition on the work of Urbana co-founder Kashef Chowdhury celebrates an architectural vision that responds to cl...
21-01-2019 21:53

Q&A with Marina Tabassum

Aga Khan Award-winning Bangladeshi architect Marina Tabassum, who delivers a talk this week at IDS Toronto, tells Azure about courtyard culture, empow...
15-01-2019 21:54

A Bold Circular Bridge Defines Waterfront Art Gallery in Nan

Designed by Lacime Architects, the Waterfront Art Gallery combines massive volumes, pristine landscape design and one indisputable wow factor: a float...
11-01-2019 21:53

10 Buildings to Watch in 2019

We\'ve stared at their renderings for years. Now, these heavily anticipated buildings, from The Shed in New York to Camp Adventure Tower in Copenhagen...
04-01-2019 21:51

Kengo Kuma’s V&A Dundee Celebrates Scotland’

Kengo Kuma?s sharply angled V&A Museum in Dundee, Scotland, brings new drama and energy to the city?s waterfront. The post Kengo Kuma’s V&A Dundee C...
02-01-2019 21:51

The 10 Best Buildings of 2018

From Kengo Kuma\'s excellent exercise in concrete to a superb new neighbour for New York\'s beloved High Line, 2018\'s best buildings ran the gamut fr...
21-12-2018 21:53

The 10 Best Canadian Architecture Projects of 2018

Canada is as sprawling as it is diverse, so capturing the architectural zeitgeist is no small feat. But Azure\'s editors are up for the task. Here ? f...
18-12-2018 21:52

Amos Rex Adds Otherworldly Skylights to a Public Plaza in He

Finnish architecture practise JKMM adds sinuous domed light wells to a bold new plaza to draw daylight into Amos Rex, a below-grade art museum. The po...
17-12-2018 22:01

The 10 Best Residential Projects of 2018

From resplendent single-family houses to imaginative, affordable and sustainable multi-unit dwellings, we select the top 10 residential projects of 20...
14-12-2018 21:53

3 Prefab House Concepts that Promote Efficient Living

Prefab is a flexible, small-footprint solution for delivering housing to remote areas, über-dense urban environments or even the cottage. Here are thr...
11-12-2018 22:00

2001 Completes a Striking Home in Luxembourg

With its reflective curtainwalls, this concrete gem of a single-family home by Luxembourg architecture firm 2001 shows how unfinished materials create...
07-12-2018 21:56

The 2018 International Velux Awards Winners Shine in Smart N

Top honours at the International VELUX Awards, designed to celebrate daylight in architecture, go to students from China and Russia. The post The 2018...
04-12-2018 21:53

MAPA’s Mirrored Sacromonte Hotel Amplifies the Landsca

Over the past few years, Montevideo firm MAPA has been planting a dynamic series of retreats ? complete with a chapel and other ?landscape amplifiers?...
03-12-2018 21:56

How Can Architecture Respond to Climate Change"

In the first article in a series on how the architecture profession should respond to climate change, Janna Levitt and Drew Adams of Toronto firm LGA ...
28-11-2018 21:54

Taller Héctor Barroso’s LC710 Brings Serenity and Rosy

Coloured concrete lends a warm patina to Taller Héctor Barroso?s multi-family residence in the Mexican capital. The post Taller Héctor Barroso’s LC7...
26-11-2018 21:56

5 Innovative Pavilions Activating Public Spaces

Summer might be the season for temporary architecture. But these recently unveiled structures around the world, both permanent and temporary, show how...
23-11-2018 22:00

In L.A., FreelandBuck Puts a Subtle Spin On Vertical Living

With subtly rotated levels, Stack House in L.A. by FreelandBuck offers seamless indoor-outdoor spaces at every turn. The post In L.A., FreelandBuck Pu...
22-11-2018 21:53

Beyond Green Building: Where Architecture Meets Landscape

Across the globe, the number of major projects melding built forms with natural elements is growing every year. And the trend?s most exciting aspect i...
19-11-2018 21:57

This Crematorium in Belgium is an Ode to Light, Not Darkness

Defined by soaring ceilings, architectural lighting and its béton brut exterior, KAAN Architecten\'s modernist Crematorium Siesegem is both grand and ...
16-11-2018 21:58

Inside Espace C2, Sid Lee Architecture’s Event Space A

Espace C2 is a dramatic new event space with a floating butterfly roof that lands atop a landmark Montreal hotel. The post Inside Espace C2, Sid Lee A...
12-11-2018 21:57

The CCA’s Postmodernism Exhibition Raises the Dead

David Theodore assesses the CCA exhibition Architecture Itself and Other Postmodernist Myths ? which he calls an homage to the work of famous men ? at...
08-11-2018 21:58

Heatherwick Studio Transforms Two Warehouses Into a Shopping

Coal Drop Yards, Heatherwick Studio?s contribution to the redevelopment of London?s King?s Cross neighbourhood, is topped with a sinuous ?kissing? cro...
08-11-2018 21:58

The City Responds: Can Toronto Benefit from a Chief Design O

In October, published an argument in favour of a Chief Design Officer for the City of Toronto. Chief Planner Gregg Lintern and Direc...
07-11-2018 21:57

Rafael de Cárdenas Designs a Vibrant 3D Façade for Kenzo

For Kenzo Seoul, the fashion label\'s Korean flagship, Architecture at Large\'s Rafael de Cárdenas tailors a showstopping 3D facade on a modular metal...
06-11-2018 21:58

10 Exhibitions Around the World To Keep You Inspired

Because architects and designers are not immune to the winter doldrums, here are 10 must-see exhibitions around the world that will broaden your horiz...
06-11-2018 21:58

Skatepark Specialist Constructo Design a New Space in Belgiu

French skatepark designers Constructo have installed a new L-shaped amenity for local skaters in Tournai, Belgium. The post Skatepark Specialist Const...
02-11-2018 21:54

decaArchitecture’s Ring House Gives Back to its Surrou

Excavation material from Ring House, decaArchitecture\'s hill-hugging project in Crete, is used to restore a scarred terrain. The post decaArchitectur...
02-11-2018 21:54

Fuzhou’s Massive Cultural Centre is Inspired by a Tiny

In Fuzhou, China, PES-Architects has erected the sprawling Fuzhou Strait Culture and Art Centre, a five-building hub that resembles a jasmine blossom....
25-10-2018 21:50

Fumihiko Maki Creates an Aesthetic Outlier in Shenzhen

Synonymous with sweatshops and sprawl, the Chinese city of Shenzhen is banking on Fumihiko Maki?s elegant seaside culture complex to legitimize its br...
22-10-2018 21:50

Christchurch’s New Central Library is Practically Eart

Schmidt Hammer Lassen\'s new central library in Christchurch, New Zealand, is a made-for-place masterpiece that is inspired by the local culture and l...
22-10-2018 21:50

SCHAUM/SHIEH?s Sculptural Facade Defines Houston?s Transart

A recent addition to Houston?s museum district, the Transart Foundation for Art and Anthropology, packs a multifunctional venue into a sculptural whit...
20-10-2018 21:50

BIG Unveils New Renderings ? and Interior Designs ? for KING

Bjarke Ingels and Westbank have unveiled new images of KING Toronto\'s architecture, interiors and details ? and introduced the city to a next-generat...
19-10-2018 21:52

Can Toronto Benefit from a Chief Design Officer" Yes.

Pointing to the example set by cities like Seoul, London and Los Angeles, Alex Josephson and Nicola Spunt of Toronto architecture firm Partisans make ...
17-10-2018 21:51

Fixing Social Housing (in Six Easy Lessons)

John Lorinc looks at what cities around the world are doing to make quality shelter more accessible to more people ? and how to avoid past mistakes wh...
15-10-2018 21:51

This Contemporary Studio is (Delightfully) Haunted by its Pa

In Hertfordshire, England, the ruins of an 18th century cottage have been converted into a contemporary studio by Kate Darby and and David Connor. But...
12-10-2018 21:53

This Korean Retiree’s Home Combines Eastern and Wester

When Architect K was tasked with designing a house for a Korean retiree, it reimagined the traditional vernacular of the hanok in a modern way. The po...
09-10-2018 21:48

Building Permanence: Germany’s Attempt to Design Stabl

The key to integrating massive numbers of refugees, Germany has found, is stable housing that accommodates families of all sizes. But will the rest of...
09-10-2018 21:48

The Bahrain Centres for Traditional Music Are Defined by a M

On the island nation of Bahrain, OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen shrouds the Bahrain Centres for Traditional Music with a metal curtain, provid...
02-10-2018 21:52

WXY’s Claire Weisz on Why Architects Should Build to I

Investing in connectivity ensures urban resiliency, says WXY?s Claire Weisz, whose repertoire includes cut-throughs, boardwalks and one spectacular sa...
01-10-2018 21:52

Toronto?s MOCA is a Triumph of Restraint and Functionality

Housed in a converted factory, Toronto\'s new Museum of Contemporary Art prizes display space and visitor experience over showy flourishes. The post T...
25-09-2018 21:54

In Copenhagen, OMA’s BLOX Building is Pierced by a Rin

OMA?s solution for navigating a labyrinthine building astride a busy thoroughfare" Staircases ? and lots of them. The post In Copenhagen, OMA’s BLOX...
24-09-2018 21:54

Remembering Robert Venturi, an Architect Who Took Playfulnes

Robert Venturi, the celebrated Philadelphia architect who rejected the rigidity of modernism, has died.  The post Remembering Robert Venturi, an Archi...
21-09-2018 21:49

This Slovenian Outdoor Chapel Gives Suburban Skorba a Sense

An ethereal Slovenian outdoor chapel, shrine and grandstand, designed by design firm Enota, gives a suburb in Slovenia a new community hub. The post T...
17-09-2018 21:50

BIG?s Magnificent Modular Unzipped Pavilion Opens in Toronto

Inside the installation, which Bjarke Ingels and his firm created for the 2016 Serpentine pavilion, are 10 stunning models of the Danish firm?s comple...
14-09-2018 21:50

This Home in Central Poland is Wrapped with Winding Roads

A concrete road meandering through rugged terrain in central Poland forms the impetus for the architecture of a private house by KWK Promes. The post ...
12-09-2018 21:50

Retour à L’École: A Barcelona French School Gets a Con

Spanish architecture firm b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos designs a modern addition to Lycée Français Maternelle. The post Retour à L’École: A Barce...
07-09-2018 21:52

3 Green Tower Proposals Bringing Vertical Forests to Cities

Green towers are emerging around the world, adding vertical forests to dense urban environments. Envisioned for Melbourne, Toulouse and Toronto, these...
30-08-2018 21:56

In Seoul, Morphosis Unveils a Futuristic Building Inspired b

Los Angeles interdisciplinary studio Morphosis completes the Kolon One & Only Tower ? a high-performance building with a striking exoskeleton ? in Seo...
28-08-2018 21:50

Hamilton’s Joyce Centre is Empowering Students to Buil

The Joyce Centre for Partnership and Innovation, at Hamilton?s Mohawk College, is Southern Ontario?s first net-zero energy institutional building ? an...
17-08-2018 21:49

This Über-Compact Cabin Lets Visitors Edit Their View

Into the Wild, a low-tech prefab cabin installed in North Slovakia by start-up Ark Shelter, offers immersive views of the natural world ? and a hidden...
16-08-2018 21:50

Freespace ? and Walls ? at the Venice Architecture Biennale

While generosity takes the main stage at the Venice Architecture Biennale, old conflicts and new tensions are extending the profession\'s boundaries. ...
14-08-2018 21:50

Teatro Regional del Biobío is a Tent-Like Theatre That Looks

In earthquake-prone Chile, Teatro Regional del Biobío, a deceptively solid theatre that almost resembles a paper lantern, promises to recast its urban...
14-08-2018 21:50

Dog House Design: This Home Was Crafted for an Ailing Pup

The Beijing architecture firm takes dog house design to the next level in their latest project, which includes a palette visible to canines, anxiety-r...
10-08-2018 21:48

AZURE Talks: Woman. Architect. Entrepreneur at IDS Vancouver

Join us on Friday, September 21, at IDS Vancouver for a keynote breakfast featuring SO-IL\'s Jing Liu, 5468796\'s Johanna Hurme and Scott and Scott Ar...
07-08-2018 21:58

A Striking Pilot Coffee Pop-Up in Prince Edward County

Hydraulic lifts and minimalist espresso taps turn a standard shipping container into a striking temporary Pilot Coffee pop-up. The post A Striking Pil...
02-08-2018 21:50

Mecanoo Explores the Softer Side of Concrete for CórdobaR

At the Palace of Justice Courthouse in Córdoba, Spain, a perforated facade draws influence from ancient Arabic motifs. The post Mecanoo Explores the S...
30-07-2018 21:51

Architect Jacques Ferrier Offers a French Twist on the Water

Jacques Ferrier Architecture?s Water Park Aqualagon in Paris is light-filled, accessible and atypically elegant.  The post Architect Jacques Ferrier O...
30-07-2018 21:51

A Nunavik Cultural Centre With an Iceberg-Inspired Facade

Montreal\'s Blouin Orzes architectes, a firm with an expanding portfolio of northern projects, delivers a Nunavik cultural centre with an eye-catching...
27-07-2018 21:50

Montreal’s La Géode Adds a Gem-Like Twist to the Plate

La Géode\'s brick facade in Montreal looks severe, but the ADHOC architectes project opens to a surprisingly playful courtyard. The post Montreal’s ...
23-07-2018 21:53

Domino Park Turns a Former Sugar Factory into a Sweet Deal f

The riverside green space by the makers of the High Line aims to connect New Yorkers to both their waterfront and industrial history. The post Domino ...
19-07-2018 21:51

Mecanoo’s Performance Arts Centre in Taiwan Raises the

Poised to open in October, the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying) has a sinuous roof-scape embedded with open-air spaces for taking in...
19-07-2018 21:51

How COBE Turned a Copenhagen Grain Silo into a Residential T

The Silo, industrial landmark in Copenhagen, is reborn as a residential tower in a mixed-use neighbourhood. The post How COBE Turned a Copenhagen Grai...
16-07-2018 21:53

Jeanne Gang Talks to Azure About Her First-Ever Toronto High

The Chicago architect has been commissioned to create One Delisle, an icon near the central node of Yonge and St Clair ? but will her vision be thwart...
16-07-2018 21:53

Wonder Inc. Designs an Enviable Hamilton Shipping Container

Wonder Inc. has created a bold shipping-container home ? a residence for a family that may one day be extended to include refugees, new Canadians and ...
12-07-2018 21:50

10 Proposals, Two Green Spaces: Exploring Toronto’s Ne

Earlier this year, a number of international and local architects were invited to design Toronto\'s two new waterfront parks. From toboggan hills to m...
10-07-2018 21:52

Red Planet Playground is a Joyous Intervention in a Shanghai

Shanghai?s 100architects animates a drab plaza with Red Planet playground, a vibrant landscape for kids. One of the latest interventions by 100archite...
09-07-2018 21:52

Randy Bens Turns a Shipping Container into a Backyard Micro-

Westminster, B.C. architect Randy Bens transformed a shipping container into a backyard office that fits three employees. Since 2005, Randy Bens has r...
03-07-2018 21:56

Northern Rising: Canadian Buildings We’re Watching

In the future, Canadian skylines will look very, very different. From the nation\'s tallest building to Inuit cultural centres in Newfoundland to star...
29-06-2018 21:54

These Contemporary Canadian Cottages Level Up Lakeside Life

Whether they\'re resplendent second homes or a reaffirmation of the time-tested dockside experience, these contemporary Canadian cottages elevate a su...
22-06-2018 21:50

Zaha Hadid Architects’ Morpheus Hotel in Macau

Wow! The Morpheus Hotel in Macau\'s City of Dreams is complete and jaw-dropping. It\'s both a feat of engineering and a sign of one gaming mecca\'s hu...
15-06-2018 21:54

Just What is Indigenous Architecture"

Unceded, Canada\'s contribution to the Venice Architecture Biennale, is an exhibit that has no precedent ? the coming together of first nations firms ...
08-06-2018 21:54

Highlights of the Arsenale at the 2018 Venice Biennale

The 16th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale, curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, is called FREESPACE. Here are a...
05-06-2018 21:49

I-Kanda’s Cabin On A Rock Is Exactly What It Sounds Li

Tucked away in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, I-Kanda\'s Cabin on a Rock was shaped by a series of challenges. The post I-Kanda’s Cabin On A ...
04-06-2018 21:53

The Michael Green Acquisition and the Future of Tall Wood Bu

Vancouver\'s Michael Green Architecture, a firm specializing in timber buildings, has been acquired by Silicon Valley startup Katerra.  The post The M...
01-06-2018 21:51

A Montreal Park With a Bold, Candy-Striped Promenade

In Montreal, local landscape architecture firm Civiliti has designed Parc Guido-Nincheri, a public art-filled space defined by undulating red and whit...
25-05-2018 21:53

The Guardian Art Center is an Emblem of China’s Rising

An emblem of China?s rising clout, the Guardian Art Center is Ole Scheeren?s most ambitious project yet. The post The Guardian Art Center is an Emblem...
21-05-2018 21:52

The BIG Tiny House Prefab

Prefabs have long held a fascination with designers and architects. Philippe Starck, Sir Richard Rogers and Tom Dixon, to name just a few, have dabble...
18-05-2018 21:56

A California Winery Inspired by Mid-Century Modern Design

Bestor Architecture designed a production site and tasting room for Ashes + Diamonds, a Napa Valley winery, that is lovingly indebted to mid-century m...
17-05-2018 21:53

Explore the Wild Urbanism of Moscow’s Zaryadye Park

At Zaryadye Park lantings evoking Russia?s diverse landscapes shore up a Moscow park marked by showy architecture. The post Explore the Wild Urbanism ...
16-05-2018 21:49

Remembering Will Alsop: 5 Projects That Changed Their Cities

British architect Will Alsop has died. Here are five projects that encapsulated his groundbreaking career. The post Remembering Will Alsop: 5 Projects...
15-05-2018 21:52

Norway’s New Museum of Forest Finn Culture

Architecture firm Lipinsky Lasovsky Johansson designed Finnskogens Hus, a shrine to Forest Finn culture that brings a museum into the woods ? and wood...
10-05-2018 21:52

5 Things We Learned From U.K. Architecture Collective Assemb

Members of U.K. architecture / art / design collective Assemble ruminate on maintaining synergy as Projects get more complex.    The post 5 Things We ...
08-05-2018 21:54

Inside Perkins+Will’s Bank of Canada Renewal in Ottawa

Perkins+Will has completed a renewal of the Bank of Canada that respects Arthur Erickson\'s original vision while modernizing its plaza, atrium and wo...
04-05-2018 21:48

Unceded is Canada’s Exploration of Indigenous Architec

Canada\'s representation at the Venice Architecture Biennale will bring powerful Indigenous voices to the Giardini. Unceded gathers 17 firms and exami...
30-04-2018 21:57

Polygon Gallery Nods to North Vancouver’s Past, Presen

Patkau Architects? Polygon Gallery, a new art gallery in North Vancouver, reinvents a waterfront better known for tugboats and packing plants. The pos...
26-04-2018 21:49

How Winy Maas Designed Tianjin Binhai Library, a Monument to

Dutch architect Winy Maas, of MDRDV, details building the Tianjin Binhai Library, which is home to 1.2 million books. The post How Winy Maas Designed ...
24-04-2018 21:52

A Row House Transformed By A Set of Switchback Stairs

In Brooklyn\'s Bedford-Stuyvesant, Shane Neufeld of L/and/A used switchback stairs and a skylight to transform a run-down townhouse into a space fille...
24-04-2018 21:52

Inside Will Alsop’s Quirky Pioneer Village Station in

Will Alsop lends his trademark quirk to an ambitious new subway line in Toronto with Finch West and Pioneer Village station. The post Inside Will Also...
20-04-2018 21:50

This Abandoned Coal Mine is Now a Hub for Arts and Culture

In Oignies, France, the decade-long transformation of a coal mine is complete ? and 9-9 Bis is a sprawling cultural complex that honours its heritage....
13-04-2018 21:50

5 Things We Learned From New York Architect Liz Diller

Maverick New York architect Liz Diller reflects on navigating one of the world?s toughest building markets. The post 5 Things We Learned From New York...
13-04-2018 21:50

Toronto’s Next Timber Tower Plan Is A Go

... and Moriyama & Teshima and Acton Ostry is the winning team. Their scheme beat out four internationally-renowned firms angling to build The Arbour,...
10-04-2018 21:50

Oslo Airport City Will Be an Energy-Positive Terminal to the

Haptic Architects has unveiled its master plans for Oslo Airport City, which it hopes to turn into an energy-positive smart city. The post Oslo Airpor...
05-04-2018 21:54

What You Need to Know About Alison Brooks

The RIBA-awarding winning architect will be speaking at [email protected], an international convention being held in Toronto. Here are four key reasons w...
03-04-2018 21:53

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