Baklava Beach Exhibition Part 1

D I R T Y R E A L I S M : That’s So Vanier!

Housing Scripts

Wednesday 16th December

PARK+ HOUSING Audrey Caron- Kripa Gyawali

 

Park+housing

Using  a  holistic   approach  to  design  and  living,  situated  just  off  Montreal  Road  on  the  site  of  existing  schools,  PARK+   housing  offers  affordable   housing  as  a  catalyst  for  sensitive densification   and  revitalization   in  Vanier.  Allowing  communities  to   access  their  most  fundamental  needs  (including  local  urban  market  gardening/light  food  production)  provide important  neighboring  social  interaction  spaces,  promoting  sustainability,  community  building   and   intergenerational  activities.  The  massing  is  sensitive  to  both  the  existing  small  house vernacular   of  the  area   whilst  incrementally  expanding  to  show  a  landscape  form.  Sensitive  articulation,  ground  floor  access  and  terraces  help  in  neighborhood  watch  and  crime prevention  with  other  spaces  for  leisure  and  exercise.  PARK+ HOUSING  will  be  one  of  Vanier’s  newest  affordable  developments  aiming  for  social,  environmental  and  economic benefits.

LEMON DRIZZLE HOUSING Eisa Hayashi

lemon drizzle

Lemon  Drizzle  respects  the  existing  fabric  of  Vanier  providing  a  new  urban  edge  within  the  embedded  community  not  a  long  way  from  Beechwood  Avenue.    The  massing  and assemblage  increases  the  potential  of  density  with  the  addition  of  coach  houses  to  the  existing  tight-­‐knit  houses.  The  project  contains  50  mixed-­‐income  affordable  dwellings  of  new flats,  maisonettes  and  coach  houses  neatly  inserted  into  a  delicate  part  of  the  community  (with  a  community  kitchen  and  green  house/sun  house).  It  offers  an  open  attractive program  which  encourages  the  old  and  young  to  come  together  in  a  public  realm  for  community  engagement  and  increasing  social  responsibility  The  units  are  constructed  using  4x4m  cubes  offering  a  variety  of  assemblage.  There  is  one  focal  larger  public  community  space  for  special  events  and  several  small  courtyards  with  more  privately  controlled intimate spaces.  The  housing  will  be  further  developed  by  smart  living  where  units  are  adaptable,  energy  conscious  and  encouraging  interaction  with  the  street  and/or  inner  courtyard.  A sure, safe  and  lively  housing  development  embedded  within  New Vanier.

WAVING NOT DROWNING Heeva Salemi

waving not drowning

The  complex  has  a  marine  feel,  designed  in  a  compact  way  in  2  sections,  residential  and  commercial.  The  massing  and  feel  is  one  of  a  cruise  liner  with  central  atriums.  The  residential  part  has  a  central  courtyard  that  is  continuous  through  the  whole  building  with   a  skywards   atrium   opening  upwards   from  the  third  floor.  The  two  parts  are  designed  in  such  way  that  creates  a  central  courtyard  in  the  middle  open  to  communal  activities  bringing  the  neighborhood  together.  The  commercial  ‘retail  anchor’  of  the  complex  is  dedicated  to  leisure  and  exercise  activities,  all  kinds  of  yoga  and  tai  chi  activities  on  the  first  level  that  can  also  be  open  to  the  exterior  courtyard  in  the  summer.  The  second  level  is  meant  for  indoor  gardening  activities  with  solar  panels  on  the  roof  for  locally  generated  supply.  Residents  can  walk  through  the  building  as  if  a  green  pathway;  waving  from  the  ship  not  drowning.

DANGEROUSLY ENCIRCLED Jason Surkan

dangerously encircled

The  Path  of  the  Head,  the  way  of  the  Heart  -­‐  “Everything  the  Power  of  the  World  does  is  done  in  a  circle…  Our  tepees  were  round  like  the  nests  of  birds,  and  these  were  always  set  in  a  circle…  But  the  Wasichus  (Settlers)  have  put  us  in  these  square  boxes.  Our  power  is  gone  and  we  are  dying,  for  the  power  is  not  in  us  anymore.  You  can  look  at  our  boys  and  see  how  it  is  with  us.  When  we  were  living  by  the  power  of  the  circle  in  the  way  we  should,  boys  were  men  at  twelve  or  thirteen  years  of  age.  But  now  it  takes  them  very  much  longer  to  mature.  Well,  it  is  as  it  is.”    Black  Elk,  Holy  man  of  The  Lakota.  People.  Why  is  it  that  we  impose  Colonial  Architectural  solutions  in  Canadian  cities?  Is  this  the  appropriate  solution  for  the  original  and  immigrant  peoples  of  Turtle  Island?    There  is  much  to  be  learned  from  Indigenous  societal  structures.  I  would  argue  that  to  reconcile  with  the  indigenous  people  in  cities,  an  Indigenous  knowledge  needs  to  be  implemented  in  urban  design  in  order  to  create  generous  and  ecological  futures  for  our  children  and  grandchildren.  How  do  we  do  this?  We  believe  that  every  action  we  take,  effects  our  grandchildren  for  seven  generations.  It  is  critical  that  we  adopt  a  sustainable,  responsible  and  ethical  urban  solution  for  housing  here  in  Vanier.  Each  opportunity  we  have  we  must  take.    There  is  no  room  for  compromise  or  excuses  in  Architecture:  only  solutions.  Dangerously  Encircled  is  one  solution.  Don’t  distrust  it  too  quickly!

URBAN ARACHNID Oliver Tang

urban arachnid

The  Urban  Arachnid   on  Montreal  Road   is  a  stitching  of  buildings  of   occupants  and  programme,  creating  a  web  with  bridge  lines,  nodes/radials  and  capture  spirals.  The  bridge  lines  between  two  existing  commercial  structures  create  a  new  spatial  web.  The  nodes/radials   -­‐   independent  small   local   businesses   –   promote  community  and  engagement.   The   capture  spiral   is   a  hybrid   program  that  attracts   residents   and  diversifies  the  growth  of  the  community.  Densification  of  the  urban  fabric  of  Vanier  must  be  drawn  as  a  web  by  interweaving  the  occupant  and  independent  small  business  network   (recycling   centre,  hardware  store  &   small  workshops,  community  drop-­‐in  spaces,  active  roof  garden  (fresh  produce),  fresh  market  restaurant,    recording  studios,  radio  station  and  public  performance  spaces.    Live  on  Montreal  Road  &  experience  the  New  Vanier.

NORWEGIAN WOOD Tori Hamatani – Michelle Harper

norwegian wood

Norwegian  Wood  is  a  Perennial  Siedlung,  the  experiment  of  housing  that  Vanier  so  desperately  needs.  Not  in  imitation  of   Ottawa’’  disguised  develop   housing  but  something  real  and  alive.    Imagine  having  the  opportunity  to  create  a  home  that  is  catered  exactly  to  your  family’s  needs.  Supporting  Vanier’s  demographics,  Norwegian  Wood  accommodates  young  families  as  well  as  the  mature  population.  They  belong  together.  No  one  should  say  they  don’t.    Using  the  existing  site  and  scale  of  Jean  Vanier  Catholic  Intermediate  School  and  St.  Joseph’s  Adult  School  Norwegian  Wood  animates  and  reincarnates  a  landscape  of  timber  housing  to  celebrate  the  character  and  diversity  of  Vanier.  Sensitively  stacked  housing  looks  onto  a  community  garden  tended  to  by  the  young  and  the  old,  promoting  inter-­‐generational  experiences.  No  one  should  say  this  is  not  needed!  It  becomes  a  diverse  and  re-­‐programmable  facility  to  educate  the  young  about  nurturing  and  preserving  ecologies;  play  works  across  education  and  landscape.  Vanier  needs  such  housing  to  intensify  the  roots  of  its  past  but  enter  the  present  before  the  City  of  Ottawa  draws  its  other  future.

URGENT AFFORDABILITY Balquis Attef

urgent affordability

The  Habitation  Dance  &  Housing  Experiment  is  a  hybrid  project  that  separates  the  previous  Concorde  Motel  site  on  Montreal  Road  into  three  main  components.  The  first  and  most  important  component  responding  to  today’s  urgency,  is  the  prefabricated  housing  experiment.  This  100-­‐unit  micro  community  has  a  variety  of  apartments  with  foldable  furniture  to  allow  spaces  to  transform  at  nighttime.  The  second  component  is  the  Housing  Reception  Centre,  where  occupants,  recent  visitors  to  Ottawa  and  Vanier  (including  transient  residents,  refugees  and  the  homeless)  can  be  acclimatized  to  the  city  and  begin  the  integration  into  the  neighbourhood.  The  third  component  is  the  urban  edge.  With  a  community  clinic,  police  station,  and  retail  spaces  in  a  double  height  glass  facade  with  this  will  offer  a  safe,  vibrant  and  interactive  street  environment  with  parking  behind.  For  future  additions,  three  small  apartment  towers  simple  elegant  housing  units  will  be  located  above  the  urban  edge  offering  rentable  and  ownership  housing.  This  will  offer  a  new  affordable  model  of  tightly  designed  and  elegantly  robust  housing  on  Montreal  Road.

BARIBEAU TIDES Neha Bhargava

baribeau tides

Like  the  tides  that  rise  and  fall  along  the  river,  multi-­‐unit  housing  should  be  transformative.  The  goal  of  this  project  is  to  foster  a  sense  of  community  while  maintaining  the  splendors  of  suburban  life  in  a  high-­‐density  environment.  Baribeau  Tides  is  organized  as  a  5  X  8  grid  containing  2  or  3  units.  The  type  of  units  range  from  bachelor  to  3/4  bed  and  offers  rental  and  ownership  flexibility.  The  blocks  rise  and  fall  along  the  grid  to  create  a  wave-­‐like  form.  This  form  provides  units  with  more  fenestrated  walls  allowing  natural  light  to  filter  throughout  the  spaces.  Several  blocks  are  removed  from  the  centre  to  create  a  courtyard  in  which  the  community  can  gather  together  to  host  events  and  socialize.  Additional  programming  includes  a  preschool  combined  with  a  gymnasium  as  well  as  a  security  guard  training  school  combined  with  a  gym.  Bright  and  colourful  surfaces  with  enclosed  parking  makes  use  of  thought-­‐provoking  super  graphics.  In  the  winter,  the  courtyard  features  an  illuminated  skating  rink  and  in  the  summer  it  is  a  performance  space.  Baribeau  Tides  will  revitalize  Vanier.

RAW-TEN Shawn Duke

raw-ten

The  Vanier  Neighborhood  in  Ottawa  has  been  widely  recognized  as  a  very  community  oriented  area,  but  it  still  has  a  certain  “hard  exterior”.  When  given  a  choice  of  four  sites,  the  decision  was  made  based  on  the  site  which  played  the  role  of  a  “bridge”  between  this  sense  of  community  and  a  hard  (even  Ottawa-­‐urban)  exterior.  200  Baribeau  street  is  currently  occupied  by  a  single  storey  Islamic  school;  the  building  in  place  for  over  half  a  century.  Located  at  the  heart  of  a  small  community  in  which  gentrification  has  begun,  this  is  the  perfect  site  for  a  new  mid  to  high  class,  multi-­‐unit  residential  project.  The  design  of  the  project  is  based  on  the  preservation  and  re-­‐purposing  of  the  existing  school.  Raw-­‐Ten  is  a  new  hybrid  housing  project;  the  school  remains  an  urban  memory  under  an  exquisite  row  of  10  town  houses  perched  deliciously  above.  Who  could  resist  living  there?  Raw-­‐ten  is  angled  and  textured  to  produce  a  hard  urban  environment  distancing  itself  from  soft  developer  architecture.  Within  the  site  is  a  dense  housing  development  that  extends  Ottawa’s  convention  for  housing  models.

VANIER IN MOTION Tyson Moll

vanier in motion

On  a  groggy  Sunday  morning,  Vanier  woke  up  and  rubbed  its  eyes.  The  apartment  smelled  of  smoked  meat  sandwiches  and  leftover  pizza.  Beginning  his  day  like  any  other,  Vanier  slid  its  feet  into  slippers  and  trod  towards  the  bathroom.    What  did  Vanier  see  in  the  mirror?  Certainly  not  a  well  to  do  neighbourhood  like  the  Glebe,  no  not  all,  it  was  definitely  more  rugged.  The  urban  stubble  was  well  in  need  of  a  trim.  Vanier  had  plenty  going  for  it,  but  at  that  very  moment  a  rather  peculiar  thought  crossed  its  mind…  “Does  this  neighbourhood  have  ambition?”  Vanier  paced  around  his  bedroom,  stepping  over  a  cardboard  pizza  box  on  his  way  out.  Vanier  never  really  gave  much  thought  before  why  many  of  his  friends  in  other  neighbourhoods  in  Ottawa  stuck  their  noses  up  at  the  thought  of  settling  in  the  vacant  units  of  his  apartment  complex.  Why  was  that?  Was  it  the  constant  sound  of  sirens  passing  by  his  front  door?  This  grungy  streetscape?  Or  was  it  the  face?    Vanier  really  didn’t  have  any  interest  in  trying  to  be  a  neighbourhood  it  wasn’t.  It  never  really  got  along  with  the  gentrified  anyway.  No,  Vanier  wanted  to  become  something  out  on  its  own,  and  perhaps  with  a  little  help  from  its  friends  Vanier  might  just  ignite  the  spark  that  sets  the  neighbourhood  lights  alive.

EASY ANGST HOUSING Steph Agar

easy angst housing

Easy  Angst  -­‐  Vanier  is  not  desperate  it  is  vital.  200  Baribeau  is  a  mixed-­‐use  complex  that  provides  housing  and  a  business  anchor,  an  Intergenerational  Day  Care  Center.  Easy  Angst  Housing  is  incentivized  by  the  fact  that  1  in  4  families    in  North  America  are  currently  living  with  their  grandparents.  The  middle-­‐aged  adult  now  often  has  their  parent(s)  and  their  children(s)  to  take  care  of.  200  Baribeau  offers  a  clear  solution.  The  stacked  and  staggered  housed  form  create  courtyards/semi-­‐enclosed  spaces  at  different  scales.     The  architecture  is  spliced  diagonally  across  the  site  to  draw  in  the  neighborhood,  ‘cutting  through’  and  dividing  the  business  and  housing  zones.  Pavilions,  boardwalks,  seating,  playgrounds  and  garden  landscapes  create  an  active,  multi-­‐generational  and   seasonal  outdoor  community   space.   The  housing  is  grouped  into  courtyard  shaped  “blocks”   with  intimate   inner  courtyards,   spaces  where   family  members  can  independently  roam  and  exist  within  a  safe  distance.  Each  unit  has  a  6’  deep  terrace  complete  with  a  vegetation  wall  and  innovative  glass  railings  that  slide  up  to  enclose  space  during  the  cold  season.  This  aggressive  thinking  for  intergenerational  care  influences  the  architecture  with  a  sustainable  future.  The  existing  school  building’s  concrete  block  structure  is  reworked  into  the  new  building  business  anchor  with  green  roofs,   PV  panels,  passive  heating  and  ventilation  systems  and  rainwater  collection  systems.  Vanier  needs  its  memory  certainly,  but  also  more  courage  to  withstand  conventional  models  of  housing.

SCARCELY CUTE Anna Leung

scarcely cute

Scarcely  Cute  describes  the  collection  of  Mews-­‐laneway  inspired  houses  and  apartments  that  looks  at  redefining  and  revitalizing  the  existing  six-­‐plex  housing  complexes  in  Vanier  –   this  is  a  dynamic   densification  within  an  embedded  neighborhood  concept.  The  houses  come  in  three  modular  widths;   2.5m  3m,  and  4m.   Vanier  needs  such  real  experiments.  The  new  2.5m  Vanier  Mews  house  is  a  three  level  complex  with  compact-­‐living  Bachelor  units  on  each  floor  and  a  rooftop  patio  that  allows  the  residents  private  access.  The  3m  and  4m  wide  Vanier  Mews  allows  for  a  more  generous  but  intimate  living  environment.   Scarcely  Cute   offers   existing  and  new  residents  of  Vanier  the  opportunity  to  own  affordable  property  less  costly  than  traditional  home  ownership.  The  existing  six-­‐plexes  have  existed  on  the  site  from  the  1950s  and  offer  little  heritage  value.  Re-­‐zoning  the  site  to  allow  a  different  living  options  will  revitalize  this  area.    Scarcely  Cute  is  a  long  overdue  experiment  for  affordable  home  ownership,  and  the  site  (along  Pere-­‐Blanc  Ave  and  Tabor  Ave)  is  ideal  for  kick-­‐starting  this  idea.    By  achieving  such  exciting  and  courageous  interventions  in  its  special  neighborhoods  Vanier  will  not  look  back!

(Q)ARTIER Sabrina Shen

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“One  in  every  seven  Ottawa  residents  belongs  to  the  ‘creative  class’.”    (Q)Artier  is  not  only  about  providing  more  modern  dwellings  in  Vanier,  but  aims  to  create  a  new  arts  destination  for  this  are.  This  is  a  long  overdue  revitalization  introducing  a  new  housing  dynamic  for  the  embedded  neighborhood.    The  project  resonates  with  the  798  Art  District  in  Beijing,  previously  a  factory;  and   City  Center  in  Ottawa,  previously  a  warehouse.  The  existing  Islamic  school  currently  on  the  site  and  other  old/abandoned  schools  or  churches  in  Ottawa,  have  that  potential   to  be   transformed  and  reprogrammed.  Vanier  needs  to  retain  its  urban  and  community  memory.  The  classrooms   of  the  existing  building   will  be   refurbished  with  adaptive   re-­‐use   as  workshops/studios/shops  for  local  artists  and  artisans.  The  school  gym  will  be  turned  into  a  mixed-­‐use  space  for  open  events  and  exhibitions.  Partial  elements  of  the  new  project  insierted  behind  the  existing  building  offers  a  new  method  of  living/working  for    artists  and  artisans,  with  private  studios  and  customized  atelier  spaces.  Vanier  needs  such  revitalization;  a  well-­‐organized  heart  for  this  creative  and  innovate  community.  This  careful  arrangement  of  space,  form  and  units  aims  to  attract  both  local  residents  and  visitors  to  experience  the  new  vibrancy  and  colourfulness  of  (Q)Artier.

VANIER GRAND Cristina Hoang

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Vanier  Grand  brings  some  panache  and  presence  to  Montreal  Road  and  introduces  a  unique  experimental  housing  solution   for  city  residents  searching  for  permanent  or  temporary  living  space.  The  ground  floor  represents   the  branch  that  carries  the  residential  units  above.  On  Montreal  Road,  double  height  commercial  retail  areas  offer  space  for  small  restaurants,  service  units,  and  other  relevant  local  community  businesses.  Behind,  the  ground  floor  offers  desirable  visitable  units  for  families  who  wish  to  reside  permanently  in  Vanier.  These  spacious  one  level  units  are  affordable  and  meet  the  code  for  accessible  living.  The  floors  above  are  triangle  shaped  and  offset  slightly  as  the  building  gets  higher  demonstrating  the  layers  of  the  ‘nest’.  Down  the  center  of  each  floor  is  an  attractive  inner  circulation  area  where  residents  can  socialize  in  safety  and  make  their  way  up  to  the  garden  rooftop:  a  secure,  adaptable  and  iconic  addition  to  Montreal  Road.

For Part 2 Exhibition: https://archiblog22.wordpress.com/2016/01/13/baklava-beach-exhibition-part-2/

For Baklava Beach’s Manifesto: https://archiblog22.wordpress.com/2016/01/13/vanier-the-future-manifesto/

For Baklava Beach’s Dirty Realism: https://archiblog22.wordpress.com/2016/01/13/4th-year-studio-housing-script/

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3 responses to “Baklava Beach Exhibition Part 1

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