Globe and Mail, "Favourite Rooms"

FAVOURITE ROOMS

Every Saturday, contributing design editor Anya Georgijevic highlights chic interiors and homeowners for Globe Style’s Favourite Room feature. This week, she asks 10 of Canada’s top designers and architects to call out the space that, for better or worse, inspires them most.

 

GAIR WILLIAMSON, GAIR WILLIAMS ON ARCHITECTS, CHAPELLE NOTRE DAME DU HAUT, RONCHAMP, FRANCE

“I dream of this space still, 40 years on,” says Vancouver-based architect Gair Williamson of the Le Corbusier-designed chapel that continues to draw 80,000 architecture lovers each year. While Williamson has never directly referenced this legendary building in his own work, the visceral experience of visiting it forever influences his perception of interior spaces and the power they can hold. “A polychromy of light pours through the south wall in the manner of the great Gothic cathedrals and directs your gaze to the left and the altar, while the bowed ceiling moves you to genuflection.”


IDS West

Gair speaking on Pacific North West design culture at the IDS West September 2014, Vancouver, Canada.

Edible At The Market Featured in Scout Magazine

Edible At The Market, a wood, glass and concrete full service restaurant on Granville Island was featured in Scout Magazine as one of The Top Ten New Restaurants of 2011.

It’s a restaurant that we can all be proud to take out-of-towners... It’s also home to a killer patio that sprawls out into the bustling mayhem of Granville Island Market’s flank.
— Scout Magazine - January 2012

The Stables Awarded the Lieutenant-Governor Award

The Cordova Street Stables has been awarded a 2011 Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia Award in Architecture.

This project is notable not only for what the design team did, but for what it didn’t do. It’s restrained.

There’s a tremendous amount of quality to this building.

This project sends a message to the whole community: that old buildings can be very sustainable.
— Jury Comments

Judas Goat Taberna Opens

Judas Goat Taberna opened in Blood Alley in May. The bar features Spanish Tapas and has been reviewed in the Globe and Mail.

The hype is well justified. The Goat is the only matador worth cheering for.
— Globe and Mail - June 2010

The Keefer Awarded The Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia Award in Architecture

135 Keefer St., recently named one of 2010's best new hotels by Condé Nast Publications, has been awarded a Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Award in Architecture and is featured in the July issue of Azure Magazine.

It’s an intelligent re-use of space. It’s unassuming and really engaging.

Clever and provocative... the lack of detail is compelling. The blending of old and new is very nice.

There’s a very limited amount of space because its very narrow... it has a European scale in that sense. It’s amazing what they have been able to do with it. It’s a historical building but also modern in the integration of the elements. This shows what can be done as a alternative to knocking down buildings
— Jury Comments