ARCHITECTURE, DESIGN, INDUSTRIAL DESIGN, PUBLIC ART
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It was clear that we were maximizing site use, and had to be very sensitive to access, shadow casting, visual appeal, the neighborhood to the south, etc. and we were able to address the concerns of all interested parties. Initial sustainable design features include a green roof, rainwater collection, passive solar, minimal parking, bike parking and a bus shelter. As the project proceeds, the more systems aspects of sustainable design will be addressed.
The neighborhood dates back to the early 20th century. And although there are some that consider it a historical neighborhood, there is little of any historical architectural significance in the neighborhood. We did quite intentionally reference the history through a nod to the Bahaus period and to the art of Mondrian. The colours also contribute to decreasing the apparent mass of the building by breaking up the surfaces into smaller visual elements.
On April 27th, 2009, the project was presented to City Council, without the support of City Planning.
City council however, were very enthusiastic about the project and gave the project unanimous approval. It was clear that they were reluctant to approve the first project to come before them under the new bylaw that did not meet the bylaw, but as one councilor said, “It is rare that we have such a fine building come before council.”