School with a view

St. Lawrence River provides backdrop METIS BEACH INTERMEDIATE school in small town Métis-sur- Mer, Que., serves approximately 90 English-speaking children from Matanie, Mitis, Matapedia and Rimouski Regional county municipality. Established in 1829 on the south side of the mouth of the St. Lawrence River, the school setting provides spectacular views of the water and nearby […]

Retirement resonates

Serene surfaces inspired by nature LAST FALL, MORE than 350 resident seniors, their families, community members and dignitaries celebrated the official Grand Opening a new retirement community in Ajax, Ont. Westney Gardens was the brainchild of Revera, an owner, operator and investor in the senior-living sector, who invested $50 million to bring the modern, environmentally […]

Dealership delight

Crossing a high-end finish line BACK IN 2016, PORSCHE CARS CANADA, along with the Lauzon Group dealership network, broke ground to extend its automotive list of retail locations with the addition of Porsche Centre Rive-Sud in Montreal’s South Shore. The four-level facility spans 100,000 square feet that includes interior parking, a 17-car showroom, 15 service bays, a […]

Stagecoach stop reno

Boutique hostel rhapsodizes bohemians BACK IN THE 19TH CENTURY, stagecoach travel meant that relay stations popped up all over North America, including Quebec. There would be a place to water, feed and rest horses, as well as accommodations for hungry, weary travelers. One such “le relais de la diligence” (relay station) built in 1849 in […]

St. John’s hospitality

Newfoundland ambience inspires hotel reno TRANSFORMING THE DESIGN OF HOTEL public spaces is necessary to the lifeblood of any innkeeper. The Delta Hotels by Marriott St. John’s Conference Centre in Newfoundland was certainly in need of a transfusion in the spring of 2016. According to Kara MacGregor, principal at Mac Interior Design of Halifax, N.S., […]

Built on Inuit tradition

Iceberg-inspired Nunavik cultural centre TRADITION MEANS THAT NUNAVIK’S Inuit north of the 55th parallel do not hesitate travelling long distances by plane to visit each other or to attend an important cultural event. Since fall 2017, the 10,000 people living in one of Nunavik’s 14 communities on Quebec’s northern peninsula can now gather in a […]

Airport watering hole goes for gold

Standards meet style WHEN TRAVELERS ARE ENCAMPED at hotel near an airport for a night or two, the temptation to hop in a cab for more pleasing surroundings looms large. The Winnipeg Hilton Airport Suites hotel wanted to provide just such a positive environment when it enlisted Susan Rea, principal at Susan Rea Interior Design […]

Sky House by the lake

Building a cottage home on the Canadian Shield that would comfortably host a family reunion or just a couple on a weekend retreat posed some challenges for architects Julia Jamrozik and Coryn Kempster. The Canadian pair have set up shop in Buffalo, N.Y., but cater to clients on both sides of the 49th parallel. Kempster […]

Kids, balls, salt, noise

Urban school expansion addresses every challenge THE GREENWOOD COLLEGE SCHOOL in Toronto recently expanded with a 74,000-square-foot addition located in mid-town. The dense, four-story structure designed by Montgomery Sisam Architects adjoins the existing independent school at every level above grade, increasing the school’s square footage by 120 percent. According to principal architect Terry Montgomery, “An urban site causes pros and cons. […]

Multiculti material mix

Design flash adds warmth to dining experience OPERATING IN 35 COUNTRIES, Nando’s is an international restaurant chain that originated in South Africa, known for its Portuguese-style flame grilled chicken and welcoming hospitality. Drawing cues from Mozambican/Portuguese culture, the Oshawa, Ont., location combines earthy textures, rich warm colours and whimsical design elements with a hand-crafted appeal. According to Keith Rushbrook, partner […]