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That damn napkin…

If you've been living in Toronto for the past six years, then you probably felt like June 2, 2007 was a long time coming. On that day, the $270 million Michael Lee-Chin Crystal expansion of the Royal Ontario Museum finally opened to the…

New LEED system announced (August 01, 2007)

VANCOUVER - Ian Jarvis, Chair of the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), announced a restructuring of the LEED program at the Toronto Regional Sustainable Building Conference in June. The new program, called LEED Complete, is expected to…

B+H acquires Six Degrees (August 01, 2007)

TORONTO - Bregman + Hamann Architects (B+H) of Toronto have announced the acquisition of Six Degrees Architecture and Design, also from Toronto."Six Degrees is a perfect fit with B+H" Bill Nankivell, CEO of B+H, said of the merger. "Over…

An Opportunity Squandered

As if building and development costs in Canada were not high enough, the City of Toronto has now proposed implementing its own 0.5 per cent land transfer tax (on top of the approximately 1.5 per cent land transfer tax already imposed by the…

In the Skin of a Crystal

When we started design on the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto in 2002 there were a few things that we noticed about the existing building. Our first observation was that the historic wings could no longer be seen as grand vistas as…

Form making

Designing the Royal Ontario Museum's Michael Lee-Chin Crystal was a daunting task for many, many reasons. But two of the biggest were the tight budget (a reality known to most builders) and, surprisingly, something that is standard in most…

Breaking new ground

Judges for this third annual Outside the Box competition agreed that their role was to select architecture that makes a statement. A building that looks good and adequately serves its purpose also has to extend the boundaries of design. And…
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