Living Spaces: 21 Contemporary Canadian Homes in Cambridge

Running from October 16 to November 21 at the Cambridge Galleries, this exhibition features 21 stunning homes selected by regional curators John Ota, Christine Macy, Marco Polo and David Theodore. The exhibition uses photographs, models and video to illustrate the regional, historical and societal influences of some of the country’s most significant homes, designed by some of the country’s foremost architectural firms and designers.

Home is important for Candians; as a place for rest, for sharing our lives with friends and relations, for reconnecting with nature, for working, eating and living. Each living space that we "step into" here is a snapshot of the solutions that designers have devised to enhance our lives.

The featured homes represent five regions of the country: West Coast, Prairies, Central (Ontario); Central (Quebec); and Atlantic regions. Each district displays distinctive responses to their unique environments, changing lifestyles, complicated building sites, budgets and our growing concern for safeguarding the environment.

Featured architects and designers include: Helliwell Smith Blue Sky Architecture, Peter Cardew Architect, W.D. Fisher Architect, Battersby Howat, Patkau Architects, Sturgess Architecture, Marc Boutin Architect, Architect Team: Neil Minuk, Jae-Sung Chong, Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, Drew Mandel, Martin Liefhebber Architect, Jack Diamond, David Penner, Affleck + De La Riva, YH2 Design Team: Marie-Claude Hamelin, Loukas Yacouvakis, Julia Bourke (Bourke Fiset Miller), Saia Barbarese Topouzanov Architectes, Susan Fitzgerald, Richard Kroeker, Eugene Pieczonka and Brian MacKay-Lyons Architect Ltd.

These architects and designers sometimes push the limits of design, but their works always relate private domestic environments to broader public concerns about community and the natural world. They create spaces for living, spaces for living in, places that make us feel alive, inspiring spaces – Living Spaces.

This exhibition has been generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Museums Assistance Program.

Full-colour catalogue available with essays by John Ota, Christine Macy, Marco Polo and David Theodore.

Cambridge Galleries exhibitions and opening receptions are free and open to the public.Lecture and exhibition tour with John Ota and Guest Architects on Wednesday, October 27 at 7:30pm.

For more information, please call (519) 621-0460 or e-mail, or visit