Enter Canada House, a haven for Canadian athletes and the people cheering them on. Attractive summer houses like this were once common along the Normandy coastline, until the Germans, after occupying France in the Second World War , levelled hundreds of them to construct the concrete defences of the Atlantic Wall,” designed to resist an Allied invasion.
It was designed by Sir Robert Smirke, the British Museum designer, in the Greek revival style and originally constructed to house the Union Club and the Royal College of Physicians. Stay informed on the Passive House building standard, project developments, upcoming events and courses. The newly-revamped Canada House brings together old and new, by restoring most of the original features of the nearly 200-year-old heritage building and adding in with some of the best of Canada modern design, like this unusual chandelier. Seats in the House of Commons are distributed roughly in proportion to the population of each province and territory.
This week Canada’s image takes another great leap forward with the reopening of the renovated Canada House, an imposing 19th-century building on Trafalgar Square that will be a cultural as well as diplomatic showcase for Canadians in London and a magnet for the British cultural community.
A military guard of honour will kick off an outdoor ceremony, and launch a series of multi-media entertainments for Canada Month in London, featuring celebrities, including photographer Yousuf Karsh, writer Margaret Atwood, director Robert Lepage and Egoyan.
The award-winning east-end Toronto practice, which is headquartered in a bright, lofty space in the Studio District, is behind the design of the Rio 2016 Canada Olympic House, the home away from home for Canadian athletes and their family and friends during this summer’s Games.