As one of Canada’s oldest architecture firms, we’ve seen our fair share of the country’s architectural strides. We thought we could celebrate Canada’s 152nd birthday by looking back at some of our favourites.
Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau QU – 1988
The CMH’s institutional roots date back to 1841. The original museum, which was just a collection of geological, archaeological and biological findings, was established in Montréal. It was moved to Ottawa in 1888 and put in storage in the early 1900s. The complex we know today was built between 1983 and 1989 by architect Douglas Cardinal. The roof of its public Glacier Wing is made up of 90 tonnes of copper.
Strawberry Vale Elementary School, Victoria BC – 1995
This timber-clad elementary school was built in 1995 to accommodate the booming population of the area. Patkau Architects designed the school with its location in mind; a prominent geological rift, indigenous flora, and the surrounding woodlands are all seamlessly tied into the design.
This building is an MMP favourite.
From all of us at MMP, Happy Canada Day.