COS, a European fashion retailer under the H&M (Hennes and Mauritz) brand, are expanding into the Canadian retail market. G architects collaborated with New York-based Office AO to bring to life the brand’s 3-storey flagship location in Toronto’s fashionable Yorkville neighborhood. The contemporary façade is clad in shou-sugi-ban wood, an ancient technique of preserving natural wood through the process of flame-finishing to produce a charred surface.
In association with Office AO (NYC)
Tweel Corner | Charlottetown, PEI
‘Tweel Corners’ is the vernacular name for a group of heritage buildings built by the Tweel family on a prominent corner of downtown Charlottetown, PEI, which in recent years, had fallen into disrepair. G architects was engaged by the grandson of the building’s original builder to work with a local construction manager to give the building a new lease on life. The heritage brickwork was restored, while the new mansard roof and interior detailing have brought a contemporary interpretation to the historical building. The project includes ground floor retail, with a legal practice’s headquarters on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th level. The project also involved a major renovation to the two-storey retail building on the adjacent lot to the north.
Toronto School of Art | Toronto, ON
Revitalizing an existing 4-storey brick and beam building embedded in a residential community, the Toronto School of Art will provide new flexible studio space for professional artists to develop their skills and craft. The restored building will provide for the TSA space for artists, instructors, and the community to come together to share knowledge in a supportive, educational environment.
Providence Village | Kingston, ON
Working with the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul and Providence Care, G architects developed a master plan to transform the Kingston montherhouse property into a village community that includes long‐term care, community partners and assisted living facilities. The Village is foundation of the congregation’s the legacy in Kingston.
Alderwood Rest Home | Baddeck, NS
The Alderwood Rest Home offers strong connections to both landscape and community. Generous windows and terraces beckon residents outdoors to experience the views of Bras d’Or Lake. This project is an example of sustainable design that embodies the ideas of community wellness, and living well. Matt Galvin was the project manager at Montgomery Sisam for the project.
Architects: Architecture49 (in collaboration with Montgomery Sisam)
Principal in Charge: John Crace & Ed Applebaum
Image courtesy of Craig Mosher (Architecture49)
Haliburton Cottage | Minden, ON
This project involves demolishing an older portion of an existing cottage and constructing a new, contemporary addition. The addition provides the main living space of the home -- a great room, with distinct living, dining and kitchen areas, organized around a large fireplace and double-height space. The two-storey screened porch can be incorporated into the living space in warm weather by folding back a series of sliding doors. The home’s exterior, while modest at the front, opens up with views to the lake through floor-to-ceiling windows.