February Birthdays

February was a big month for sk birthdays! Marc, Candice, Sheena, and Larry all got to wear the hat. 

superkül Architectural Designer job posting featured by Azure

superkül’s current job posting for Architectural Designer is included in Azure’s “Five Exciting Design Jobs Worth the Application.” Read more +

Oben Flats | Vaughan featured on UrbanToronto.ca

Work continues at our Oben Flats St. Clair West location. View work in progress and formwork pictures here.

 

superkül one of the Top 15 Architects in Toronto!

We were delighted to be listed as one of the top 15 Architecture firms in the city by BlogTO. Read more about Toronto’s architectural innovators here.

superkül’s ‘Second Life’ at #TODO18

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Check out our ‘Second Life’ installation in conjunction with Slate Asset Management at 40 St. Clair West for the Toronto Offsite Design Festival (TODO) until January 21st, 2018. superkül principal Meg Graham, along with representatives from Gensler and IBI Group recently participated in a talk titled, “Undo Toronto” to discuss pressing ctrl-Z on Toronto, making a case for change, one civic moment at a time. Presentations were followed by a moderated discussion moderated by Slate VP of Development, and blogger, Brandon Donnelly.

‘Second Life’ — Construction waste accounts for between 10% and 15% of all material used on a typical project, much of which is lost to landfill or downcycling. Our installation seeks to focus awareness on the negative impact that the architecture and design industry can wreak on the environment, and will also introduce various practices and methodologies available to mitigate the damage caused. Through a series of curated images, we consider and present waste reframed as opportunity. Our hope is to alter the manner in which construction waste is perceived, and to encourage innovation and the adoption of architectural best practices as part of a larger strategy of sustainability. Read more +

Photography: Arthur Mola

Room with a View featured in Architectural Record

superkül goes above and beyond to enlarge a house too small for its owners’ needs. Read more +

Ugly Holiday Sweaters + Office closures

To ring in the holidays, the superkül team donned their most festive and ugliest sweaters. Who should win?

*Note that our studio will be closed for the holidays from 6pm on Friday, December 22nd, 2017, and will open again at 9am on Monday January 2nd, 2018.*

We look forward to connecting with you in 2018!

superkül celebrates 15 years!

süperkul 15th anniversary party

superkül recently celebrated its 15th birthday with a party in our brand-new office on Golden Avenue. We warmly welcomed our valued clients, consultants, colleagues and collaborators to this festive event, and enjoyed the opportunity of catching up with one another over cocktails and canapés by local favourite Dundas Park Kitchen.

We thank you all for your contributions to our success over the past 15 years, and eagerly anticipate the privilege of collaborating on more projects in the future…for another 15, 30 or 45 years!

superkül wishes for the holidays + 2018

We’re Hiring!

We are looking to add an Architectural Designer and a Junior/Intermediate Interior Designer to our team. To view the postings, please visit the OAA Employment Opportunities page.

Active House recognized at the 2017 Ontario Wood WORKS! with an Environmental Building Award

The Wood WORKS! Awards program recognizes people and organizations that, through design excellence, advocacy, and innovation, are advancing the use of wood in all types of construction. Sustainably-sourced wood products contribute significantly to the overall environmental performance of any building by reducing the embodied energy of a building, minimizing pollution, improving energy performance, and sequestering carbon. Our Active House 2 project was recognized in the Environmental Building category, that recognizes projects that demonstrate how some, or all, of these attributes are part of the building’s design and construction. Congratulations to the team!

Compass House featured on Dwell

This all-white LEED Gold home is undoubtedly modern, but takes cues from the historic precedent of the longhouse to bring the outdoors in. Read more + 

 

New project added to our website – Proper TV

Valley House featured in the Homes section of the National Post

Hear more on our experience of renovating a mid-century modern home in Hogg’s Hollow to make it practical for its present-day occupants’ needs, without compromising the original intent. Read more +

Happy Birthday to Mark–a man of many hats!

A Room with a View is a 2017 Interior Design Best of Year Award Finalist!

We are excited to announce that our project A Room with a View has been shortlisted for the annual Interior Design Best of Year Awards in the urban house/townhouse category. Congratulations to all those shortlisted, and we look forward to award winners being announced on December 1st in New York City.

New project added to our website – A Room with a View

CUI + NRU Publishing’s 20th Annual Meeting with Toronto’s Chief Planner

Principal Meg Graham joins Toronto’s Acting Chief Planner Gregg Lintern in a panel discussion: Putting the Urban in Suburban: Creating Compact Urban Places in Our Suburban Communities, presented by the Canadian Urban Institute and NRU Publishing. Following the Chief Planner’s annual address, Paul Bedford, former Toronto Chief Planner and Chair, Waterfront Toronto Design Review panel, will moderate a discussion on greater visions for our suburbs, what has worked in other places, what are the market realities, the different design and policy approaches, and how to bring the public on board. Other panelists include: Harold Madi, Senior Principal, Urban Places Canada Lead, Stantec; and, Laurie Payne, VP Development, Diamond Corp. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit: http://www.canurb.org/2017-chief-planner-meeting/

Happy Halloween from the superkül squad

superkül designs installation for the MOCA Lounge at Art Toronto


For this year’s eagerly anticipated Art Toronto, superkül has partnered with the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) to create a lounge space in the SOLO section of this international art fair. The installation offers a glimpse of what MOCA’s future home on Sterling Road will look like when it opens in spring 2018: specifically, superkül’s seating structure responds to the mushroom column heads found in the Tower Automotive Building, designed by architect J.W. Schreiber. Erected in 1919, the building continues to be an important early example of flat-slab concrete construction. In the MOCA Lounge, the installation acts as a prototype for a circular seating composition that tests form, scale, user-friendliness and flexibility. A key element of the finish and surface detailing will be inspired by material textures found inside the heritage building. Learn more + be sure to check it out!