Drop-Dead Gorgeous and Green: Canada's Governor General Medals in Architecture

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Craven Road Studio by Shim Sutcliffe

Ten years ago Shim Sutcliffe designed a tiny house on a back lane for a Toronto book collector. Now they have added a small studio building for study, display and storage. It is a brilliant use of a tiny urban space. The judges said:

"This project captured our attention at both the detail level and at the urban scale. The inside perimeter walls are washed with light thanks to a brilliant sectional detail which also sets off the floating ceiling and disguises the fact that the walls are often housing deep storage cabinets. The studio site completely rethinks the realm of the tight inner city block off the lane- creating a sanctuary of inside and outside spaces."

Shim Sutcliffe have won an unprecedented three GG awards this year, on top of the pile they had already one.

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