Discover Superkül, an amazing Toronto-based architectural studio that stretches into interior design. The studio features head designers such as Meg Graham and Andre D’Elia. Founded in 2002, they are a big part of Canada’s architecture development, where they present incredible interior design projects. Today, CovetED presents an amazing conversation that we had with the studio’s representative designer, Meg Graham.
Meet Superkül, an authentic Toronto-based architectural studio that features the leadership of Meg Graham and Andre D’Elia. This studio was founded in 2002, and throughout the years, the studio has easily been recognized as the leading Canadian design practice. Their success is due to the love they have for “the deep creative process that pulls everyone in to achieve our clients’ dreams”. That translates into a meticulous method, where they guide every client from the first step, through the creative process, and to the final result, which is completely worth it.
It’s through their commitment to excellence, pragmatism and advanced building technologies, that they are able to gain several and incredible architecture and design awards and recognition in several esteemed publications in local, national and international contexts. In order to get these accomplishments, there’s a constant motivation and a need for professional fulfilment around every project, to achieve the perfect results. “My motivation in life comes from (to paraphrase Madonna) a deep fear of being mediocre. I am driven to experience life as deeply and fully as possible, which for me means making and building a life and a body of work that is honest, beautiful and profoundly connected to the world and people that inhabit it”.
The architectural studio’s features a large range of projects all designed by the studio in “collaboration with their contractors and engineers”, from residential, commercial, to institutional buildings and master planning and feasibility studies. It doesn’t matter which type of project it is, the studio makes sure to stay true to their design identity which is “timeless, with a side of delight and surprise”. They make sure to be bold on their projects, surprising every client in the best way you could imagine. With that strong image of their studio, they affirm that they “don’t advertise, and tend to let the work speak for itself”. So they establish their goal to complete every project with a 100% commitment, focusing on the establishment of projects with absolute perfection, without the concern of transmitting their work through other channels.
Each project counts on the immaculate attention to detail and search of the highest quality of materials and fabrics. Of course, the architectural studio has found some challenging times throughout the years, because “Challenges arise every day, and I’ve realized that overcoming them is all about a belief in the process and the goals, and perseverance”. And the help of that perseverance and belief, they are able to create authentic projects for a specific type of clients, “that are deeply motivated to create rich and inspiring spaces and places, and we work closely with them to build their goals and their future”. Since they’re devoted to absolute perfection, there are some icons that they inspire themselves such as “Alvar Aalto, Atelier Bow-Wow, Tadao Ando, John and Patricia Patkau, Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey”.
Always performing a “relentless search for what is authentic”, they believe in long-term sustainability, that is able to guide the direction of the firm towards creating a brighter future. Right now, they are involved in many exciting projects such as “infill micro-housing, a University Student Centre, bespoke small retail projects, and a 500,000-square-foot mixed-use building, comprising residential/commercial/retail functions. In other words, a diverse set of projects”. As they continue to grow throughout the years, they gain a lot of experience, with a hope on the future to raise awareness on “the sustainability (economic, social and environmental) of our buildings and spaces. There is just no excuse to do otherwise”.
Craftsmanship is a very important element within the world of design and architecture because it shares a great and amazing contribution to every project that’s created by these artists. With that in mind, the studio considers that “advances in product and component design abound” are leading the way through this aspect”. The studio is interested “in components that help advance sustainable objectives – components that are recycled, reused, highly energy-efficient, along with low-impact natural materials”.
Superkül stands as a perfect architectural studio that has already been featured in many recognized publications throughout the years, as well as the awards they have received for their outstanding projects. Their projects are innovative and are the perfect choice for every type of settings, such as residential and commercial. Superkül is Toronto’s best choice to enjoy Canada’s finest architecture style.
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