The Rio 2016 Summer Games start August 5, and a first glimpse of Canada Olympic House – a venue designed to host the family and friends of the athletes during their stay in the Brazilian metropolis – is now available. But for all the 21st-century technology, it’s the historic quality of the building, and its restoration, that will take centre stage when Canada House reopens. Another remodel Canada acquires the northern half of the building from the Royal College of Physicians and begins a consolidating renovation—but architectural heritage features are not maintained. When visiting Vancouver again, we will definitely come back to the amazing Canada house! A slowdown in the construction of new homes will also likely push prices higher. Start by checking with your local real estate agents to see if there are any run down homes for sale.
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.
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.
As the world’s largest exporter of wood, Canada House naturally, features quite a bit of it. From the red oak floors, to the beetle-beautified pine in the Pacific Room, to the brand new hemlock-clad Queen Elizabeth Atrium, a veritable forest offsets the grandeur of Canadian marble and granite.
But the star of the show, and its focal point, is Canada House itself, its bright red Maple Leaf fluttering over the sightseers and pigeon-fanciers of Trafalgar Square. In October of last year, we brought together committed individuals from across the country and started the process of becoming one organization with a mandate to accelerate nationwide adoption of the Passive House high performance building standard. The interior of Canada House more altered, but retaining Smirke’s design in the High Commissioner’s Room and in modified form the principal staircase etc. Once you have found a house you like it is also important to have a licensed surveyor or builder assess the property to make sure it is structurally sound. This was our second stay at ‘Canada House and this time we stayed in the ground floor suite.