D I R T Y R E A L I S M : That’s So Vanier!
Wednesday 16th December
PARK+ HOUSING Audrey Caron- Kripa Gyawali
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 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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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 -‐ 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 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
“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
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/