On Tuesday, September 17, 2019, superkül principal Andre D’Elia is participating in a panel interview at the 7th Active House Symposium, entitled ‘Building Healthy, Living Healthy: A New Era in Sustainable Building Design’. This event follows the groundbreaking success of Great Gulf Homes Active Houses 1 and 2, single-family residences in the suburban communities of Thorold and Etobicoke, designed by superkül and built by Great Gulf.
The design strategy for Active House 1 in Thorold considered the environmental impact of the entire life cycle of the home from concept to performance, meeting the construction metrics outlined by the European Active House program. Active House 2 in Etobicoke improves upon the energy performance of its predecessor, claiming the designation of the first certified Active House in the world, utilizing sustainable design strategies that minimize energy consumption and maximize occupant comfort.
You are encouraged to attend, to hear what Andre and other esteemed professionals have to contribute to the ever-evolving discussion on sustainable design. Taking place at the Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto from September 16 to 17, 2019, this is the first time that this international event has come to North America. As we steer ourselves towards the pinnacle of energy efficiency, the symposium will reveal what’s next in high-performance buildings and people-centric design through two full days of thought-provoking presentations and engaging conversations, alongside a wealth of educational and networking opportunities with building industry professionals from Toronto and around the world.
The missing mid-rise: “neighbourly, pedestrian-friendly and a breath of fresh air”. Our project for Oben Flats has been featured in Designlines for contributing to the much needed mid-rise scale of development within Toronto’s rapidly changing urban fabric. Read more about the project and several others here.
We’re delighted that Compass House has been given a seven-page spread in the Spring issue of In the Hills, a magazine dedicated to country living in the Headwaters region of Ontario. Writer Tralee Pearce interviews Meg Graham and the proud owners of this country home, presenting an engaging account of how this highly sustainable and award-winning “Mulmur Masterpiece” came to be.
House in a Grove has been featured in Designlines spring issue #2! It’s profiled as one of four houses in a feature entitled ‘Look Book: Room to Bloom’. Writer Amrit Phull details the landscaping strategies of each project, describing the living spaces of superkül’s collaboration with Fox Whyte Landscape Architecture & Design as “flowing seamlessly into a series of functional outdoor areas for relaxation and entertainment.”
Making Marks: Architects’ Sketchbooks – The Creative Process – the followup to Will Jones’s Architects’ Sketchbooks – has just been released, and once again, drawings by superkül principals Meg Graham and Andre D’Elia are featured. Revealing why and how hand-drawing still matters, this global survey presents the freehand drawings, vibrant watercolours and abstract impressions of 60 renowned architects. Meg describes the role that sketching plays in the studio’s design process: ‘Sketching is such a foundational way of thinking for us, because it is so instinctive. There is no software between the brain and hand, impeding the flow of information or jamming the signal. We sketch forms and places that are curious, interesting, beautiful or inspiring, which then enter our collective memory and become part of the flow of information.’
Reed’s Bay House is once again propelled into the spotlight, this time in the recently published book, The New Cottage: Inspiration for America’s Favorite Home. Authored by architect Katie Hutchison, the collection of 25 cottages includes Reed’s Bay House on Wolfe Island, Ontario. These projects serve as case studies in support of 10 key design strategies, demonstrating how a classic home style can be updated for the needs of modern living.
As an architectural firm whose portfolio comprises a great many cottages, superkül is pleased that Reed’s Bay House was featured on a new television series entitled Great Canadian Cottages. With its simple shed-like form capitalizing on views towards the water and the surrounding bucolic landscape, Reed’s Bay House is situated on Wolfe Island, the largest of the Thousand Islands in northeastern Lake Ontario. Enthusiastically hosted by Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan, Great Canadian Cottages airs at 10:00pm Thursdays on Cottage Life TV.
As the Jury Prize winner in the Residential Interiors category of the prestigious Architizer A+ Awards, superkül’s A Room with a View project has been featured in a newly released publication, Architizer: The World’s Best Architecture 2018. Published by the venerable Phaidon Press, the exquisitely designed and produced book documents both jury and popular choice winners. The selected works are presented over 280 lush pages in a strikingly bold hardcover format, constituting “the definitive guide to the year’s best buildings and spaces.” More information on the book can be found here.
We are honoured to be listed at the top of NOW Magazine’s 10 Best Events at DesignTO happening January 18-27. Our installation ‘ReflectLive’ at Delisle-St. Clair Parkette explores our relationship with urban forests as manicured spaces offering relief from city life, as well as places we can regain a sense of adventure and playfulness. Congratulations to the project team: Alexandra Lavallée, Andre D’Elia, Candice Gouveia, Erica Govan, Janean Bruhn, Mo Sooror, Quan Thai and Tristan Roberton. More information about the installation and the team’s process can be found here.
We are honoured to have two of our projects profiled in the recently published book Canadian Contemporary: The Northern Home. Representing the diversity of superkül’s single-family residential portfolio, multiple-award-winning Compass House and Valley House respond to their specific environments of country and city in a subtle and considered fashion while meeting the unique needs of their inhabitants. A foreword by Avi Friedman provides a unifying perspective with respect to variations in climate and landscape across this vast country, while acknowledging issues of sustainability and material innovation that are addressed in the featured homes.
We are delighted that our project – A Room with a View – has won yet another award, its fourth! Selected by an esteemed jury for Remodeling Magazine’s Design Awards as a Grand Winner, A Room with a View was one of only nine winning projects in six categories. Learn more +
David LeBlanc describes our Proper TV project as a landmark for the Dovercourt Village neighbourhood in The Globe & Mail’s Real Estate section. Originally serving as a postal sorting station, this mid-20th century building was renovated and welcomed a dynamic one-storey addition to serve as the headquarters for Proper, a television show producer. Read more +
Principal Andre D’Elia speaks with National Post writer Martha Uniacke Breen about how our House on the Archipelago remodel turned a cottage into an island oasis by drawing inspiration from the surrounding landscape of wind-twisted conifers and undulating swaths of exposed granite. Read more +
Our superkül staircase design is coming to fruition. The custom elliptical stairs were installed in four pieces last week. They were fabricated off site and CNC cut using a fibre optic laser. We’re looking forward to sharing the finished product with you!
Our A Room with a View project is the 2018 Architizer A+Awards Jury Winner in the Residential Interiors category. With entries from over 100 countries, the A+Awards represent some of the best of architecture worldwide, with jurors, comprising equal parts architects + designers, cultural thought leaders, developers and other creatives. We are honoured to be recognized amongst the winning projects. Learn more +
The fall edition of Designlines features our House in a Grove project as one of 8 picture-perfect homes across the GTA. Described by principal Meg Graham as “a house of the world,”, House in a Grove pays homage to its globetrotting owners by incorporating elements from many of the over 70 countries they have visited.
Home Review magazine details how our Compass House project is an example of a shared ethos of sustainability between architect and client resulting in spaces that are not only respectful of the planet but also beautiful that can be cherished for years to come.
+House is the subject of the recently published Home for Health: Creating a Sanctuary for Healing. Authored by the client, Hilton Tudhope, the book is an invaluable resource for those considering a healthy and sustainable approach to design and construction. Details can be found at: www.buildforhealth.com.
Principal Meg Graham discusses superkül’s collaborative process in creating a one-of-a-kind home designed to showcase an art collection while maximizing the potential for indoor-outdoor spaces. Read more +
We are honoured to share that our Compass House project has been chosen as one of the top 20 finalists in the province for a prestigious Ontario Association of Architects Design Excellence Award. Winners will be announced April 3rd. Read more +
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 +
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!