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Love for materiality and detailing

Shim-Sutcliffe Architects

America settentrionale | Toronto

Brigitte Shim and her partner Howard Sutcliffe have been working together since the mid 1980s, crafting furniture and architecture to create useful and habitable works of art. They established their modest office in Toronto in 1994, and have won acclaim for their houses and a few larger buildings. Materiality and meticulous detailing are the hallmarks of their practice and both qualities enrich two projects they recently completed on their home ground. The Wong Dai Sin Temple is located on a busy highway in Markham, a city on the edge of Toronto. It was commissioned by the Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism, a multi-racial congregation that had outgrown their temporary meeting spaces. The local planning authority recommended Shim-Sutcliffe Architects after an earlier proposal for the site was rejected. “This was the client’s first ground-up building in the city and...

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