Architecture

  • Once upon a time, clients would work with an architectural team to develop a space plan based on their perceived individual design preferences, cross their fingers, and hope that all goes according to plan. As developments progressed, clients would require adjustments based on viewing the actual results in person. These changes would inevitably result in unforeseen costs and time delays. These days are no more. Today, client's have the option to immerse...
  • Truly Flexible Space: A Condo that Evolves to Fit Your Needs There are various truths first-time home buyers must face in today’s market. If you live in a major metropolitan city, prices are likely to be intimidating to say the least. Also, what you can afford will most likely not be what you need 5 to 10 years down the road. So what do you do if you want to play in the condo game? One architectural firm Sweeny, Sterling & Finlayson, with development...
  • For most observers, construction sites have become very predictable. Frames of steel are layered in slabs concrete for months on end before being clad in a curtain of glass. When thinking about the future of construction materials, most would think researchers are dealing with how to make these staples of the construction industry stronger, lighter and greyer. However, one architectural student in British Columbia, Canada wants to change the public...
  • What would you prefer, a standard hotel room, complete with amenities (a pool, a gym, room service), or, a trendy, condo-style accommodation for a fraction of the cost? More and more people are leaning towards the latter and companies are beginning to take notice. Recently Ikea announced they will be launching their first line of budget hotels across Europe, with the first opening in Germany in 2014. This idea is right on the mark with current traveling...
  • Windows, windows, windows. Natural light is one of the most sought after elements for many new buyers entering into the condo market. Issues such as is the unit East facing or West facing are very important to buyers and nothing builds or destroy property value like a good view. Light clearly plays a key role in the beauty and aesthetic appeal or most units.   Not only that but studies have shown that people living in environments with large...
  • Today more then ever, urbanites are faced with the challenge of making condo units more livable. For instance in Toronto, there are 9,090 1 bedroom or bachelor condo units scheduled for completion in 2014.  The average size of these units is just 695 square feet... and so the market for furniture and accessories targeting smaller spaces continues to grow. CBC News Link With ideas ranging from hanging up you kitchen table to hidden beds and couches,...
  • With the Olympics just around the corner, it is incredible to see London's architectural plans come together. With all eyes on the city this summer, there is no doubt many architects who should be credited for exhibiting top results. The expensive transformation will create a lasting improvement for Londoners while temporarily impress millions of global spectators. ArcelorMittal Orbit (Under Construction) London Aquatics Centre  London Olympics...
  • Our team just visited Melbourne and we have to say that the city truly surpassed our expectations.  Lots of cool things going on down under.  Take a look at some of our favorite sites:                   
  • There is no denying that when looking down from the 40th floor, more and more metropolitan cities are transforming their rooftops into usable green living space. Big or small, once grey, vacant, and concrete, this change enables better quality of life for the residents around it. Not only aesthetically pleasing by transforming a space it can improve the buildings energy efficiency, quality of air and usable space at a minimal cost. Here are some of...