Situated between two very distinct edge conditions: Bow Trail to the north and the existing low-density residential community to the south, we developed an architectural strategy that celebrated these two dichotomous conditions. The project is conceived as two volumes, separated by an ‘internal street’, and linked with an ephemeral bridge consisting of micro studios and public amenity spaces.
Conceptually, the northern block was designed as a ‘habitable sound wall’, protecting the remainder of the project (both physically and psychologically) from the high speeds and noise pollution of Bow Trail. In contrast to this, the southern block adopted the vernacular language of the adjacent low density residential community, incorporating a playful roofscape of pitched roofs and recessed balconies.
By cleaving these two volumes apart (and having the bridge start above the second floor), a lively internal street exists as both entry condition and public space charged with the task of encouraging social interaction amongst neighbors.
Compared to the norms of speculative development, BLK60 aspires to balance density against a diverse assortment of individual homes vs. standardized unit types, provide a multiplicity of collective vs. private amenity spaces, and foster a sense of human scale by way of careful articulation of the building’s mass.