Ardec Group

Ardec Group Ardec Group exists to provide top quality washroom fixtures to the commercial, public, hospitality, healthcare and luxury residential markets.

Originally conceived in 1992, Ardec Group has gone through many evolutions. We are now focused on distributing the world’s best in function and aesthetic in washroom fixtures. We currently stock and distribute the renowned LOVAIR brand throughout Canada, using our own nationwide network of sales personnel, service technicians and installers to ensure top customer service. We also carry the VIRONNE

Originally conceived in 1992, Ardec Group has gone through many evolutions. We are now focused on distributing the world’s best in function and aesthetic in washroom fixtures. We currently stock and distribute the renowned LOVAIR brand throughout Canada, using our own nationwide network of sales personnel, service technicians and installers to ensure top customer service. We also carry the VIRONNE

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What do you think of this!! Soon to be coming to Canada via Ardec Group. This is a brand new range of fabulous, minimali...
08/15/2018

What do you think of this!! Soon to be coming to Canada via Ardec Group. This is a brand new range of fabulous, minimalist products, designed and manufactured by #thesplashlab (https://thesplashlab.com). Watch this space for further developments!

What do you think of this!! Soon to be coming to Canada via Ardec Group. This is a brand new range of fabulous, minimalist products, designed and manufactured by #thesplashlab (https://thesplashlab.com). Watch this space for further developments!

Last week we looked at a controversial building in Toronto. This time we look at the new Montreal Mega-Hospital, the McG...
07/23/2018

Last week we looked at a controversial building in Toronto. This time we look at the new Montreal Mega-Hospital, the McGill University Health Centre. It has been dogged by one of Canada's largest corruption fraud cases, and now its complete, its known to some as 'The Lego Building'. I have to say I wonder what we will think of its aesthetic in 20 years... What do you think!?

Last week we looked at a controversial building in Toronto. This time we look at the new Montreal Mega-Hospital, the McGill University Health Centre. It has been dogged by one of Canada's largest corruption fraud cases, and now its complete, its known to some as 'The Lego Building'. I have to say I wonder what we will think of its aesthetic in 20 years... What do you think!?

This is the Royal Ontario Museum.  It has to be one of the most controversial buildings in Toronto.  The original buildi...
07/16/2018

This is the Royal Ontario Museum. It has to be one of the most controversial buildings in Toronto. The original building was opened to the public in 1914, but Daniel Libeskind's addition, the 'Crystal' opened in 2007. The marriage of the old, Neo-Romanesque style of the original building, with the new Deconstructivist style of the 'Crystal' extension caused much hand-wringing and angst, many seeing the two disparate forms as incongruous. What do you think!?

This is the Royal Ontario Museum. It has to be one of the most controversial buildings in Toronto. The original building was opened to the public in 1914, but Daniel Libeskind's addition, the 'Crystal' opened in 2007. The marriage of the old, Neo-Romanesque style of the original building, with the new Deconstructivist style of the 'Crystal' extension caused much hand-wringing and angst, many seeing the two disparate forms as incongruous. What do you think!?

Last week I was in Regina, Saskatchewan.  I came across this beautiful building. This is the Saskatchewan Legislative Bu...
07/09/2018

Last week I was in Regina, Saskatchewan. I came across this beautiful building. This is the Saskatchewan Legislative Building and frankly I was very - and pleasantly - surprised to find such a gem of a building in a small and isolated city in the middle of the prairies. This dates back to 1908 and was designed by the same Montreal architect that designed the parliament buildings in Ottawa. One of the features of the building is an exterior water fountain, taken - presumably legitimately - from Trafalgar Square in London.

Last week I was in Regina, Saskatchewan. I came across this beautiful building. This is the Saskatchewan Legislative Building and frankly I was very - and pleasantly - surprised to find such a gem of a building in a small and isolated city in the middle of the prairies. This dates back to 1908 and was designed by the same Montreal architect that designed the parliament buildings in Ottawa. One of the features of the building is an exterior water fountain, taken - presumably legitimately - from Trafalgar Square in London.

This is the 7 St Thomas vanity unit and Lovair Ribbon Trio. I have to say I think its beautiful. The Vanity is made from...
06/22/2018

This is the 7 St Thomas vanity unit and Lovair Ribbon Trio. I have to say I think its beautiful. The Vanity is made from solid carved Travertine. The Lovair Ribbon Trio is a Soap Dispenser, Faucet and Hand Dryer combo. What do you think?!

This is the 7 St Thomas vanity unit and Lovair Ribbon Trio. I have to say I think its beautiful. The Vanity is made from solid carved Travertine. The Lovair Ribbon Trio is a Soap Dispenser, Faucet and Hand Dryer combo. What do you think?!

06/11/2018
10 Grand Toilet

Got $10,000 USD kicking around that you just dont know what to do with? How about blowing it all on a Techy Toilet? Take a look and see what $10K can get you when it comes to a Luxury Lav!

I was in Toronto earlier this week and  was reminded of the Cube House, surely one of Canada's most unusual homes. It wa...
06/01/2018

I was in Toronto earlier this week and was reminded of the Cube House, surely one of Canada's most unusual homes. It was built in 1996, based on the Cube Houses in Rotterdam. It is lived in, and is apparently a lot more practical and spacious than it looks... although I cant imagine where you would put a Billy Bookcase or, for that matter, any other standard furniture! This home is currently for sale, apparently, and could be worth in the region of $4M, but it seems it isn't everyone's cup of tea... and if a buyer cant be found, it could be torn down.

I was in Toronto earlier this week and was reminded of the Cube House, surely one of Canada's most unusual homes. It was built in 1996, based on the Cube Houses in Rotterdam. It is lived in, and is apparently a lot more practical and spacious than it looks... although I cant imagine where you would put a Billy Bookcase or, for that matter, any other standard furniture! This home is currently for sale, apparently, and could be worth in the region of $4M, but it seems it isn't everyone's cup of tea... and if a buyer cant be found, it could be torn down.

06/01/2018
Montreal's New self cleaning public toilets!

Montreal is spending $3M on 12 new public toilets, that, interestingly, actually clean themselves. Whilst I am all for clean public toilets, it will be interesting to see how long they last. Below is a video showing how they work.

Well, when I came across these photos I couldn't resist sharing them! Who wouldn't want these in their en-suite!?  These...
05/23/2018

Well, when I came across these photos I couldn't resist sharing them! Who wouldn't want these in their en-suite!? These take the term 'Comfort Station' to a whole new level! Interestingly, in the 1800's, the toilet was sometimes referred to as a 'place of easement' ... These certainly fit that description!

Well, when I came across these photos I couldn't resist sharing them! Who wouldn't want these in their en-suite!? These take the term 'Comfort Station' to a whole new level! Interestingly, in the 1800's, the toilet was sometimes referred to as a 'place of easement' ... These certainly fit that description!

This is Silo No.5 in Montreal, abandoned since 1996.  Parts of it date back to 1906.  It was a grain storage facility. I...
05/18/2018

This is Silo No.5 in Montreal, abandoned since 1996. Parts of it date back to 1906. It was a grain storage facility. In the 1920's, Montreal was the main grain port in the world. Today, Silo 5 stands as a terribly ugly building at the heart of downtown Montreal, but considered to have significant heritage value - Its a protected building by Heritage Canada, but nobody seems to really know what to do with it. The latest idea is to make the very top a lookout across Montreal. To be fair, the view from up there is apparently very spectacular. For all of its failings, it is a testament to the architectural and mechanical prowess of the era, able to lift huge quantities of grain from the holds of ships, very quickly.

This is Silo No.5 in Montreal, abandoned since 1996. Parts of it date back to 1906. It was a grain storage facility. In the 1920's, Montreal was the main grain port in the world. Today, Silo 5 stands as a terribly ugly building at the heart of downtown Montreal, but considered to have significant heritage value - Its a protected building by Heritage Canada, but nobody seems to really know what to do with it. The latest idea is to make the very top a lookout across Montreal. To be fair, the view from up there is apparently very spectacular. For all of its failings, it is a testament to the architectural and mechanical prowess of the era, able to lift huge quantities of grain from the holds of ships, very quickly.

I was in Vancouver again this week and drove past this new building that is under construction, just by the Granville br...
05/04/2018

I was in Vancouver again this week and drove past this new building that is under construction, just by the Granville bridge. Its basically a work of art. Its called Vancouver House and its designed by Bjarke Ingels with Dialog Design, for Westbank Properties. Its supposed to be "Canada's first Super-Prime real estate, equal to the best high-design residences worldwide". It has incredible sea views, and houses Canada's fastest elevators, a 5 star concierge service trained by Fairmont, and a fleet of top end BMW's for the residents use. Kitchens are by Boffi, appliances by Miele, and you get to work with Fazioli Pianoforte in Italy to create your own, bespoke grand piano. Apologies to all readers - despite what must be eye-watering price tags on these apartments, Vancouver House is fully sold out!!

I was in Vancouver again this week and drove past this new building that is under construction, just by the Granville bridge. Its basically a work of art. Its called Vancouver House and its designed by Bjarke Ingels with Dialog Design, for Westbank Properties. Its supposed to be "Canada's first Super-Prime real estate, equal to the best high-design residences worldwide". It has incredible sea views, and houses Canada's fastest elevators, a 5 star concierge service trained by Fairmont, and a fleet of top end BMW's for the residents use. Kitchens are by Boffi, appliances by Miele, and you get to work with Fazioli Pianoforte in Italy to create your own, bespoke grand piano. Apologies to all readers - despite what must be eye-watering price tags on these apartments, Vancouver House is fully sold out!!

This is a recently completed project in a high end shopping mall. This sculptural Corian vanity unit designed by Lovair ...
04/27/2018

This is a recently completed project in a high end shopping mall. This sculptural Corian vanity unit designed by Lovair includes a shelf in which the electronic faucet, soap dispenser and hand dryer are incorporated. Back-lit icons in the front of the shelf provide a universal language to show where faucet, soap dispenser and hand dryer are located. What do you think?

This is a recently completed project in a high end shopping mall. This sculptural Corian vanity unit designed by Lovair includes a shelf in which the electronic faucet, soap dispenser and hand dryer are incorporated. Back-lit icons in the front of the shelf provide a universal language to show where faucet, soap dispenser and hand dryer are located. What do you think?

This is a toilet in St Moritz, Switzerland. Probably the most beautiful view from a toilet in the world. Know of a bette...
04/23/2018

This is a toilet in St Moritz, Switzerland. Probably the most beautiful view from a toilet in the world. Know of a better one? Tell us in the comments!

This is a toilet in St Moritz, Switzerland. Probably the most beautiful view from a toilet in the world. Know of a better one? Tell us in the comments!

Next week I am in Halifax, a city that has witnessed some of the 20th century's most notable disasters. This building in...
04/20/2018

Next week I am in Halifax, a city that has witnessed some of the 20th century's most notable disasters. This building in particular has had an important but rather macabre role. Built in 1817 as a schoolhouse, it was used by Snow & Co undertakers from 1883 to 1973. In this time, it played a greater part in 20th century Canadian tragedy than perhaps any other building. In 1912 it was used to prepare 150+ Titanic victims. Five years later it was to play a central role in handling the dead from a less famous but even greater tragedy - the 1917 Halifax Explosion, in which a ship carrying munitions for WW1 exploded in what was the worlds largest explosion until Hiroshima. This explosion killed over 2000 and injured over 9000. Its now a (haunted!) restaurant.

Next week I am in Halifax, a city that has witnessed some of the 20th century's most notable disasters. This building in particular has had an important but rather macabre role. Built in 1817 as a schoolhouse, it was used by Snow & Co undertakers from 1883 to 1973. In this time, it played a greater part in 20th century Canadian tragedy than perhaps any other building. In 1912 it was used to prepare 150+ Titanic victims. Five years later it was to play a central role in handling the dead from a less famous but even greater tragedy - the 1917 Halifax Explosion, in which a ship carrying munitions for WW1 exploded in what was the worlds largest explosion until Hiroshima. This explosion killed over 2000 and injured over 9000. Its now a (haunted!) restaurant.

On Thursday, we will be attending the YVR Construction Opportunities event in Vancouver.  This event is to update intere...
04/17/2018

On Thursday, we will be attending the YVR Construction Opportunities event in Vancouver. This event is to update interested parties on the construction plans for Canada's second busiest airport, Vancouver International. YVR is the only airport to receive the Skytrax award for top airport in North America for 8 consecutive years. Over the next three years YVR is spending $1.7 Billion on expansions and upgrades. This will surely include washrooms! We have worked here before and look forward to installing further world-class washroom fixtures!

On Thursday, we will be attending the YVR Construction Opportunities event in Vancouver. This event is to update interested parties on the construction plans for Canada's second busiest airport, Vancouver International. YVR is the only airport to receive the Skytrax award for top airport in North America for 8 consecutive years. Over the next three years YVR is spending $1.7 Billion on expansions and upgrades. This will surely include washrooms! We have worked here before and look forward to installing further world-class washroom fixtures!

Today I was downtown Montreal, and was reminded of one Montreal's most unusual and famous architectural gems.  Habitat '...
04/13/2018

Today I was downtown Montreal, and was reminded of one Montreal's most unusual and famous architectural gems. Habitat '67 is the brainchild of world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie. He was only 23 when he designed this masterpiece of Brutalist architecture. It was really ahead of its time, extensively utilizing pre-fabrication techniques at a time when this was almost unheard of. Each of the 146 apartments has a roof garden or terrace, and thus Habitat '67 pioneered the integration of two housing typologies—the suburban garden home and the economical high-rise apartment building. For most apartments, there is approximately a foot of outdoor space for every foot of indoor space - an utterly unique feature for an apartment building! Its now one of the most coveted address's in Montreal. Love it or hate it, it's here to stay - it was designated a historic monument in 2009.

Today I was downtown Montreal, and was reminded of one Montreal's most unusual and famous architectural gems. Habitat '67 is the brainchild of world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie. He was only 23 when he designed this masterpiece of Brutalist architecture. It was really ahead of its time, extensively utilizing pre-fabrication techniques at a time when this was almost unheard of. Each of the 146 apartments has a roof garden or terrace, and thus Habitat '67 pioneered the integration of two housing typologies—the suburban garden home and the economical high-rise apartment building. For most apartments, there is approximately a foot of outdoor space for every foot of indoor space - an utterly unique feature for an apartment building! Its now one of the most coveted address's in Montreal. Love it or hate it, it's here to stay - it was designated a historic monument in 2009.

This is the Vironne Hand Hygiene Sink. Its made of hygienic solid surface material, and is naturally resistant to bacter...
04/09/2018

This is the Vironne Hand Hygiene Sink. Its made of hygienic solid surface material, and is naturally resistant to bacteria. This sink is on the front line in the battle against HAI's (Hospital Acquired Infections). Unique in the industry, this hand hygiene sink is engineered to eliminate transfer of bacteria by splashing. It is barrier free compliant and has specially designed easy-access to the P-trap for occasions when gram-negative bacteria is found growing in the waste plumbing.

This is the Vironne Hand Hygiene Sink. Its made of hygienic solid surface material, and is naturally resistant to bacteria. This sink is on the front line in the battle against HAI's (Hospital Acquired Infections). Unique in the industry, this hand hygiene sink is engineered to eliminate transfer of bacteria by splashing. It is barrier free compliant and has specially designed easy-access to the P-trap for occasions when gram-negative bacteria is found growing in the waste plumbing.

This is the Etihad Museum in Dubai.  Its about a year ago that Ardec Group, after manufacturing large, minimalist vanity...
04/09/2018

This is the Etihad Museum in Dubai. Its about a year ago that Ardec Group, after manufacturing large, minimalist vanity units for the washrooms here, went to Dubai and installed them - a very interesting experience indeed! Moriyama & Teshima Architects from Toronto designed the museum and specified us. This museum has just won the prestigious LCD (Leading Culture Destinations) "New Culture Destination of The Year" award! We are proud to have been a small part of this beautiful project.

This is the Etihad Museum in Dubai. Its about a year ago that Ardec Group, after manufacturing large, minimalist vanity units for the washrooms here, went to Dubai and installed them - a very interesting experience indeed! Moriyama & Teshima Architects from Toronto designed the museum and specified us. This museum has just won the prestigious LCD (Leading Culture Destinations) "New Culture Destination of The Year" award! We are proud to have been a small part of this beautiful project.

BUILDING WITH WOOD seems to be making a major comeback in Canada - the tallest wooden building in the world is the 18 st...
04/06/2018

BUILDING WITH WOOD seems to be making a major comeback in Canada - the tallest wooden building in the world is the 18 storey UBC Brock Commons student accommodation in BC.
Ontario is about to start on its first tall wood building, downtown Toronto. This will be 12 storeys, and is designed by Moriyama&Teshima, and Acton Ostry.The project is called "The Arbour" and forms part of the George Brown College.
This building methodology can be controversial. Do you have an opinion?

BUILDING WITH WOOD seems to be making a major comeback in Canada - the tallest wooden building in the world is the 18 storey UBC Brock Commons student accommodation in BC.
Ontario is about to start on its first tall wood building, downtown Toronto. This will be 12 storeys, and is designed by Moriyama&Teshima, and Acton Ostry.The project is called "The Arbour" and forms part of the George Brown College.
This building methodology can be controversial. Do you have an opinion?

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It's a Hand Hygiene Sink - so should only be used by healthcare staff to wash their hands. I haven't seen one yet - hopefully in the New Year - should be getting delivery of one for a project at Ridge Meadows Hospital. I'll say more after I have seen it.