Canadians are capable of saying, doing and building some incredible things – in fact, we’d even say that we’re some of the best but don’t just take our word for it, see it for yourself! Not only are we Canucks responsible for poutine, lacrosse and zippers, but some of our brightest have also designed some of North America’s most beautiful architecture and now, thanks to a couple of field insiders – we can travel from award-winning building to award-winning building without leaving your couch.
Scrolling across a map created and published by The Atlas of Research on Exemplarity in Architecture and the Built Environment in collaboration with Canadian Architect magazine, building buffs can actually take a look at some of the coolest spots brought to life by their fellow northerners,
From airports and homes to underpasses and even a few unrealized projects, this newly developed ‘where’s what,’ showcases all 500+ Canadian Architecture award winners between 1968 and 2020 – one just as impressive as the one before it.
However, to say that this thing is extensive is an understatement so here are some of the highlights! – Keep scrolling to see how much things have changed since the 60s!
HABITAT PUERTO RICO AND STUDENT UNION, SAN FRANCISCO – 1968 WINNER
SPACE CAMP DORMITORY, NASHVILLE – 1985 WINNER
BASE MAINTENANCE FACILITY, WINNIPEG – 1994 WINNER
HOWARD HOUSE, HALIFAX – 1996 WINNER
THE JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTRE ON THE UPPER WEST SIDE, NEW YORK – 2000 WINNER
FRENCH RIVER PROVINCIAL PARK VISITOR CENTRE, SUDBURY – 2005 WINNER
FACULTY OF PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES, VANCOUVER – 2011 WINNER
CASTLE DOWNS PARK PAVILLON, EDMONTON – 2011 WINNER
UBC GEOLOGICAL FIELD SCHOOL, VANCOUVER – 2012
Photo Via Architectural Excellence / BattersbyHowat Architects Inc.
NEW CENTRAL LIBRARY, CALGARY – 2015 WINNER
UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA AQUATIC CENTRE, VANCOUVER – 2014 WINNER
IW09, CALGARY – 2019 WINNER
CALGARY JAPANESE COMMUNITY CENTRE, CALGARY – 2020 WINNER
Wowza. Some of those are pretty wild, hey? Also, does anyone else think that the folks in 1968 were way ahead of their time?
To see more of the buildings featured, check out the official map here of North America’s most beautiful architecture and let us know which projects you thought were most impressive.