July 10th, 2012

Robert House 2 preview

July 10th, 2012

550 Wellington Pavilion wins A.R.E. award

The pavilion at 550 Wellington earned this year’s A.R.E. (Architectural Retail Environments) award in the ‘Restaurant: Fine Dining’ category.

Click here to view all 2012 A.R.E. award winners on VMSD website.

See more photos of the 550 Wellington project here.

July 6th, 2012

Scholar’s Green Park photos

New photos of the [almost] completed Scholar’s Green Park have just been posted. Photos of the completed pavilion still to come!

August 12th, 2011

gh3 featured in Wallpaper’s Architects Directory

Model of gh3's Wallpaper House

gh3 is featured in this year’s Wallpaper Architects Directory, for which each selected firm designed a speculative residential project on a rural site. From Wallpaper:

Pat Hanson and Diana Gerrard set up GH3 in 2006, bringing together their respective disciplines of architecture and landscape architecture. ‘Finding the unique identity of a site and translating that into built form is the essence of all our projects,’ they say. Their holiday house was designed for the ‘agricultural expanse of southern Saskatchewan’. Serving as a counterpoint to the area’s relentlessly flat topography, the house was designed as a bold, geometric object, ‘enclosed between soaring crops and the dark earth’. Arranged around a central courtyard, the house is clad in an ‘oxidising skin to record the toll of the often harsh prairie weather’

Aerial view of gh3's Wallpaper House

View from bedroom of gh3's Wallpaper House

April 15th, 2011

Two gh3 pavilion designs win Edmonton competition

gh3's winning pavilion designs

gh3’s pavilion designs for the City of Edmonton’s Borden Park and Castle Down District Park have been chosen as winning entries in the City of Edmonton competition. A third design by gh3 for Victoria Park garnered a citation award from the jury. More information about each individual competition can be found below:

Borden ParkCastle Down District ParkVictoria Park

July 26th, 2010

gh3 wins Design Within Reach Gallery Contest

DWR Award

Visit DWR for more details

April 30th, 2010

Governor General’s Award in Architecture 2010

Photographer's Studio Over A Boathouse

The Royal Architecture Institute of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts have announced that gh3’s Photographer’s Studio Over A Boathouse has won a 2010 Governor General’s Medal in Architecture. More information is available on the RAIC site.

January 26th, 2010

Azure features House 60 on cover of Houses issue

Azure January-February 2010

Here’s an excerpt from Alex Bozikovik’s story on House 60:

When Granovsky first bought the house with her husband in 2007, it was a red-brick ’50s dwelling with low ceilings and a cut-up floor plan. Charging GH3’s Pat Hanson with a fresh start led to a quick and decisive process (two months of design and nine months of construction) that would transform the building beyond all recognition.

Finn O’Hara, who photographed the cover image, also produced a time-lapse of the photoshoot:

Read the full article here.

January 26th, 2010

gh3 wins three Design Exchange Awards

Design Exchange Awards 2009

House 60, Russell Hill and Trinity College Quadrangle each garnered a 2009 Design Exchange Award: www.designexchange.org/dxa.

January 25th, 2009

Super-Real Forest Exhibition at Harbourfront

Harbourfront Exhibition mode

gh3 exhibited its work on the Super-Real Forest at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre. Here is part of the exhibition text:

Amid the growing interest in ‘greening’ the city, it is important the we not overlook the simplest, most fundamental tools at our disposal. The constituent elements of our environment—soil, water, trees—are among the most basic yet powerful green utilities we can deploy, and their capacity to improve the structure and function of our public spaces is extraordinary. Revitalizing the urban forest should consequently be a primary sustainability strategy for cities.

As a speculative precedent, gh3 designed the Super-Real Forest for the Toronto waterfront. The project introduces bigger, healthier, longer living trees; harnesses rainwater as a valuable resource; and controls storm water runoff to mitigate pollution, flooding and erosion.

The Super-Real Forest also transforms public space from ‘open’ to ‘filled.’ In the City of Toronto, two models for the design of public space prevail: the planned and planted garden, and the unprogrammed open space that is nominally intended for year-round use, but which is in fact abandoned for the coldest two-thirds of the year. The Super-Real Forest accepts that city public spaces are interstitial, occupying voids between office towers, condominiums and public buildings. We propose that these spaces should be filled with varied and interesting programmatic elements that can be used throughout the year, existing in sheltered and hospitable micro-climates created by a newly dense urban forest.

Super-Real Forest section