Canadian Houses: Residences in Canada

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Canadian Houses

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Houses in Canada

We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of Canadian Houses. We aim to include buildings that are either of top quality or interesting, or ideally both.

We cover completed buildings, new building designs, architectural exhibitions and architecture competitions across Canada. The focus is on contemporary Canadian residences but information on traditional buildings is also welcome.

We have 1 page of Canadian residential architecture selections with links to hundreds of individual project pages.

Canadian Houses

Canadian Residences – latest additions to this page, arranged chronologically:

16 May 2018
Gulf Islands Residence, Strait of Georgia, British Columbia, western Canada
Architects: RUFproject
Gulf Islands Residence on Salt Spring Island British Columbia
photograph : Ivan Hunter

Gulf Islands Residence

20 Feb 2018
La Cornette House, Township of Cleveland, Québec, Eastern Canada
Architects: YH2
La Cornette House in the Township of Cleveland
photo © Francis Pelletier

La Cornette House in the Township of Cleveland
Built on the slope of a small hill, La Cornette is a country house open to the pastoral landscape that surrounds it. Under a soaring roof resembling a nun’s cornet wimple is a roomy dwelling modelled on traditional Quebec houses of old that lodged large families and their relatives.

19 Feb 2018
La Luge Cabin, La Conception, in the Laurentides region of Quebec
Architects: YH2
La Conception Real Estate
photography © Francis Pelletier
La Luge in La Conception
Mostly dedicated to the enjoyment of Quebec’s winter, La Luge is a secondary home lying in the midst of the forest. Nestled on its site, surrounded by dense vegetation preserving the house’s privacy, La Luge integrates a private spa which occupies almost a third of the useable area, adding on to the traditional countryside living spaces.

16 Feb 2018
Window on the Lake, Saint-Élie-de-Caxton, Mauricie region, province of Quebec
Architects: YH2
Window on the Lake
photography © Francis Pelletier

Window on the Lake in Saint-Élie-de-Caxton
The house stands on the site of an old family cottage, just steps away from the shores of Lac Plaisant in the Mauricie region. Thanks to its simplicity, restraint and refinement, the project embodies the architect’s attempt to capture the essence of cottage life – a wooden home designed for vacations and enabling true communion with nature.

9 Feb 2018
Sky House, Stoney Lake, Ontario
Design: Julia Jamrozik and Coryn Kempster
Sky House on Stoney Lake
photography : Doublespace Photography

Sky House on Stoney Lake
Negotiating the steep topography of a lake-side site, this holiday house consists of two volumes stacked on one another. The lower volume nestles into the landscape so that it is barely visible as one first approaches the house.

6 Feb 2018
The Wooden Wing, Lac-Supérieur, Quebec
Design: YH2 architecture
The Wooden Wing
photography : David Marien-Landry

The Wooden Wing in Lac-Supérieur
The Wooden Wing is a large cottage on the shores of Lac Supérieur, in Quebec’s Laurentians. The house is perched on a sizeable outcrop of granite bedrock, giving it a commanding yet intimate view of the lake and Mont Tremblant, on the other side.

4 Feb 2018
Withrow Laneway House, Calgary, Alberta
Architects: Studio North
Withrow Laneway House
photo : Mark Erickson

Withrow Laneway House in Calgary
Affordable housing in a thriving city like Calgary is a challenge for many, not the least for two newly graduated professionals starting a design studio with big dreams and a limited budget. We see alleys as a new place for community and dwelling. This project offers an opportunity to save one of Calgary’s heritage houses and to build an affordable, compact living space in the inner city.

19 Jan 2018
Indigo Lane House, Whistler, British Columbia, western Canada
Design: Stark Architecture Ltd.
Indigo Lane
photo © Krista Jahnke

New House in Whistler, BC
A crazy site! But one of the greatest things about Architecture is having lots of constraints. The more constraints, the more inventive you have to be. The site drops steeply from the road, almost a 25 ft sheer drop down to a flat site, with retaining walls below.

21 Jul 2016
Blanche Chalet in La Malbaie, Québec
Design: ACDF Architecture
Blanche Chalet Québec
photograph : Adrien Williams

This home’s simple and pure architecture complements the landscape of Charlevoix. The raw concrete materiality of the lower level evokes the stone foundations of the old wooden barns common to this area.

24 Sep 2013
Totem House, Toronto, Ontario
Design: Atelier Reza Aliabadi > rzlbd
Totem House Toronto
photo : borXu Design

Robert and John are travelers. They collect sculptures by local artists and bring them home. They have a keen eye for modernism and minimal design and they don’t settle for ordinary. They love cooking and they avoid the unnecessary. In building their home, rzlbd respects their curiosity for style. A totem is sculptures within a sculpture.

23 Aug 2013
Residence in Southlands, Vancouver, British Columbia
Architect: DIALOG
House in Southlands
photograph : Kristopher Grunert

This residence nestles into a mature, heavily vegetated corner site in Vancouver’s historical Dunbar-Southlands neighborhood. A year-round fresh water stream divides the irregularly shaped property as it threads its way below Marine Drive to the south.

12 Aug 2013
Stacked House, Rue St-Christophe, Montreal, Québec
Design: NatureHumaine
St-Christophe Residence
photo : Adrien Williams

House on Rue St-Christophe
This project was done in collaboration with the client who wished to build his own home. The site is located in a back alley of Montréal’s Plateau neighborhood and the design reflects the patchwork of extensions and renovations typically found in Plateau alleyways.

11 Aug 2013
Blue Pie Condo, Toronto, Ontario
Design: Atelier Reza Aliabadi > rzlbd
Blue Pie Toronto
photograph : borXu Design

This is an intriguing transformation of a typical Torontonian condo into the celebration of a man’s living style and artistic curiosities. It is a poetic invasion of the color blue into a white room washed with natural light. The client, a 40-year-old passionate family doctor with a love for colors white and blue, purchases a photograph of an iceberg.

13 Jun 2013
Chambord Residence, Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec
Design: NatureHumaine
House in Chambord, Le Domaine-du-Roy
photo : Adrien Williams

Chambord Residence
The client wanted to utilize the second storey of her 1920s duplex by converting her former rental unit into 3 bedrooms and an office space. While the grey-stone front facade only required minor restorations, the back of the house was transformed completely. An emphasis on transparency creates constant visual and physical connections with the backyard.

27 May 2013
La Couleuvre, Montreal, Quebec
Design: NatureHumaine
Montreal Flat Extension
photo : Adrien Williams

Montreal Flat Extension
Nicknamed “la couleuvre” (the garden snake). The parents’ quarters are located in the ground floor brick volume, while the kid’s bedrooms are pushed up into the twisting volume upstairs. A bright orange handrail leads you up into the kids’ zone. An open concept bathroom that facilitates family bath time also acts as the circulation to the 3 bedrooms with built in bunk beds and furniture in a similar playful language.

Toronto Houses

Major Canadian House Designs

Koehler House, New Brunswick
Design: Julie Snow Architects, Inc.
New Brunswick House
picture : Brian Vanden Brink

House in New Brunswick
A small building in a large landscape, the house affords expansive views while offering protection from the occasionally harsh climate. Two bars of living space cantilever from the rocky site, anchored by a stone wall. Large sliding glass panels are detailed with a minimal visible section, as are floor and roof.

Linear House, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
Patkau Architects
Linear House
photograph : James Dow

British Columbia House
A sixteen acre farm located on Salt Spring Island, an island in the Strait of Georgia between Vancouver Island and the mainland of British Columbia, the site of this house is bisected from east to west by a long row of mature Douglas fir trees. There is a gentle slope falling across the site from south to north.

Photographer’s Studio Over a Boathouse
Design: gh3
Photographers Studio Over a Boathouse Lakefield Ontario Stony Lake
photograph : Larry Williams

Ontario House
A photographer’s studio over a boathouse on Stony Lake is a re-imagination of the archetypal glass house in a landscape in the Canadian Shield. A continuation of thinking about this architectural ambition, the central conceit of the house is reconceived through a contemporary lens of sustainability, program, site and amenity.

Recent Canadian Properties

Whale House, Toronto
Design: Atelier Reza Aliabadi > rzlbd
Toronto house
photo : borXu Design

New Toronto House – 16 Oct 2012
The Whale house is another spatial experiment by rzlbd, a monochromic contemporary manifesto that evolves around a central detached box painted in red standing free inside a three storey height foyer. The building appears to have swallowed the box symbolizing the contemplation space inside the spacious jaw of the whale that swallowed Jonah.

Gallery House in Markham, Toronto
Design: Atelier Reza Aliabadi > rzlbd
House in Toronto
photo : borXu Design

Gallery House in Markham – 3 Oct 2012
This Toronto house is a contemporary residential structure that adapts an institutional / commercial typology in that all of the spaces have been aligned and arranged along a galleria. One can imagine that all of the served and servant areas of the house have been plugged in to this empty spine. They then have been stretched out to the north and south where they gain exposures, views and natural light.

Patio House, Nortown, Toronto
Atelier Reza Aliabadi > rzlbd
Patio House
photograph : borXu Design

Patio House Toronto – 17 May 2012
Patio House, located in the Nortown area in Toronto, Ontario, is a minimalist two-storey wood structure house, which carefully responds to three major questions: the needs of the residents, the situation of the site, and the environmental concerns. Being located in a corner lot, the building maintains a presentable façade for the residential street while controlling sun exposure from the west.

Canadian Residences

Canadian Properties, alphabetical:

5/6 House, Toronto
Atelier Reza Aliabadi > rzlbd
Toronto Residence
photograph : borXu Design

5/6 House

Cascade House, Toronto
Paul Raff Studio
Cascade House
image : Ben Rahn

Cascade House

Charcoal House, Pape and Danforth, Toronto
Atelier Reza Aliabadi > rzlbd
New Toronto House
image : borXu Design

Charcoal House

Creemore Farm, Ontario
PLANT Architect Inc.
Creemore Farm
picture from architect

Creemore Farm – 5 Aug 2011

House 23.2, Vancouver, British Columbia
Omer Arbel Office
Surrey House BC
image from architect

Surrey House

House 60, Toronto
House 60
photograph : Carlyle Routh

House 60

Shaft House, Toronto
Atelier Reza Aliabadi > rzlbd
Shaft House Toronto
image : borXu Design

Shaft House

Canadian Housing

Major Canadian Housing, alphabetical:

Bloc_10, Winnpieg
Design: 5468796 Architecture Inc
Canadian Residential Building
photo : James Brittain Photography

Winnipeg Residential Building

Centre Village, Winnpieg
Design: 5468796 Architecture Inc
Centre Village Winnipeg
picture from architects
Centre Village Winnipeg

Habitat 67, Montreal, Quebec
Moshe Safdie, Architect
Habitat 67
photo © Timothy Hursley

Habitat 67 Buildings


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