Award of Merit – Student Projects
Rideau Reflections, 576 Rideau Street
This theoretical multi-unit infill is located along Rideau Street between Coburg and Charlotte Streets and provides housing for a wide demographic that is close to the amenities of downtown. A diagonal pedestrian boulevard splits the site into two blocks, providing more private access to the units, and also to Besserer Street at the rear. Continuing the Rideau retail form, the commercial frontage is protected from the busy street by a row of trees and a covered arcade. The building height mirrors the height of the neighbouring fabric and adjusts from high (adjacent to the high street) to low (the residential neighbourhood street behind) with a sloped green roof.
“An ambitious project that incorporates an impressive mix of land uses and housing typologies. The jury hopes that the industry will pick up on cues from the students, which manage to think outside the box.”
May Makia, Carleton University
Award of Excellence – Student Projects
Rideau Viva, Rideau and Charlotte Streets
This student project explores a mixed-use residential building typology on a vacant site on the corner of Rideau and Charlotte Streets, in the Sandy Hill neighbourhood. Mixing retail with townhouses, maisonettes and apartments, these downtown housing units can accommodate families, seniors and students. The elevated internal street becomes a transition space from the busy Rideau Street to an open residential courtyard. The two subtle entrances on Rideau invite residents to walk up to this internal street where they can access their unit or use it as a route to the townhouses at the back.
“A step-up from the other student projects. The site was vigorously developed and incorporates promising architecture. This is an adventurous project that showed a deeper thought process.”
Ning Fei Gao, Carleton University
Award of Merit – Urban Infill (low-rise)
‘Front to Back’, 43, 45 Grant Street
This is a ‘front to back’ semi-detached infill project on a 25’ x 80’ lot in a residential neighbourhood comprised of modest 19th century houses interspersed with light industrial buildings. The challenge was to design two affordable homes for two separate owners in an area that has emerged as a rich arts community and local arts district. Remnants of industrial buildings inspired a collage of steel and plywood, which engages its context and serves to animate the street. Two homes on a small urban lot present a distinct modern infill.
“The exception proves the rule; this project would never survive the test of traditional urban design guidelines, but somehow it works. It’s a very lively, well-organized design that overcomes a challenging, narrow site and takes inspiration from neighbourhood elements such as porches and balconies. The project is something to be encouraged – it is spiritually connected to the neighbourhood, but incorporates an idiosyncratic playful design response.”
Anthony Bruni and James Colizza, Colizza Bruni Architecture
Project owner/developer: Anthony Bruni, James Colizza
Award of Excellence – Urban Infill (low-rise)
Elm Street Infill, 147, 149, 151, 153 Elm Street
Located on a quiet, dead-end street in the heart of Little Italy next to an existing industrial complex, four new homes have revitalized this block. To attract families to the area, the units provide substantial amenity space in the form of on-grade patios, second and third floor decks and rear yard grassy play areas. The open air car port, tucked into the centre of the site, provides a streetscape with one curb cut and a building façade that addresses and enhances the neighbourhood with life-filled windows, porches and extensive landscaping.
“An outstanding project. The jury commends the project on its innovative site planning, which addresses the difficult issue of where to place parking by creating an interior parking courtyard that is away from the front façade of the street. The design works at every level, from the neighbourhood to the street, and the typology is replicable. The project brings higher density to a low-density, established neighbourhood in an imaginative way creating a high-quality development on a small, challenging site.”
Jason C. Flynn, Jason C. Flynn Architect Inc.
Salem MacDonald, Sage Urban Developments
Clyde MacDonald, Eastern Ontario Construction
Shannon Smithers-Gay, One80 Design
Murray Chown, Novatech Engineering Consultants Ltd.
Project owner/developer: Salem MacDonald (Sage Urban Developments) and Clyde MacDonald (Eastern Ontario Construction)
Award of Merit – Urban Infill (mid- to high-rise)
Cornerstone Housing for Women, 314 Booth Street
This new development on Booth Street provides housing for 42 recently homeless women, as well as administration and counselling offices and support services. At Cornerstone, clients can walk from the entrance down the pathway to a public space that links the building to the street and creates a social dimension for the inhabitants. The landscaping adds amenity and eventual shade to the space as the trees mature. The benches allow the neighbourhood to also benefit. The design approach was informed by the principle that sustainable communities must include a social dimension as well as good building design.
“The project has symbolic value; it is a cornerstone of the community located at the corner of two streets. The building feels welcoming yet secure, with a beautiful courtyard for refuge. The design enlivens the corner, fits well within its context and plays an important role in the neighbourhood. Considering the low budget that these projects typically have to work with, the project is well balanced and the overall design sends all the right messages.”
Anthony Leaning, CSV Architects
Lisa MacDonald, Corush Sunderland Wright Ltd.
Gordon King, Gordon King Photography
Project owner/developer: Cornerstone Housing for Women
Ottawa Convention Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive
Reinventing the public realm at the intersection of the Rideau Canal, Colonel By Drive and Daly Avenue, the design of this urban form, plaza and parkette takes into account its significant, immediate neighbours, which include the National Arts Centre and Government Conference Centre (the old train station). The idea was to create a building form, suggestive of tulip petals, resting in a true hub of the city and Nation’s Capital. Extending the lobby from inside and linking the pedestrian routes to the Mackenzie King Bridge, Rideau Centre terrace and Canal is very attractive to pedestrians and re-vitalizes the area.
“The project is a grand, panoramic gesture that both preserves and provides spectacular views to Parliament Hill, the Chateau Laurier, the Government Conference Centre and the Rideau Canal. The project is elegantly done and houses a very large program within the curve. It is gently designed with the MacKenzie King Bridge adjacent. The ground level unfortunately presents a missed opportunity; both the landscaped trench detail and the interior ramp prevent any connection that would have created an animated life along the wide sidewalk, such as a cafe or other amenity space, to enjoy the wonderful location and setting.”
Ritchard Brisbin, bbb architects
Dwight Brown, PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
David McMullen, Novum Structures
Michael Allen, Adjeleian Allen Rubeli
David Lashley, Lashley & Associates Landscape Architects
Project owner/developer: Ottawa Convention Centre/PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
Award of Excellence – Urban Infill (mid- to high-rise)
Victoria Memorial Museum Building Rehabilitation, 240 McLeod Street
The Victoria Memorial Museum was Canada’s first purpose-built national museum, constructed between 1905 and 1910 on 3.6 hectares south of Parliament Hill on the axis of Metcalfe Street. The restoration has brought new life to this National Capital landmark. The new ‘Queen’s Lantern’ replaces the original masonry entrance tower. This project represents the completion of Phase 1 of the Master Plan, which envisions the reinstatement of the original Edwardian Park bounded by Elgin, McLeod, Argyle and O’Connor with open lawns, diagonal footpaths and vegetation indigenous to the National Capital region.
“This project speaks for itself. It is a bold urban gesture oriented along an important axis forming the termination of Metcalfe Street. The glass lantern is a landmark and plays off of the powerful masonry of the Museum in a contemporary way. The project brings a new sensibility to the area. The jury is anxious to see the realization of the adjacent parks which, when completed, will achieve a 360 degree treatment of the site. These adjacent public spaces are crying out to be finished. The federal government should be invited to fund the completion of the block.”
Padolsky, Kuwabara, Gagnon; Joint Venture Architects (PKG)
Barry Padolsky, Louise McGugan and Paul Dolan, Barry Padolsky Associates Inc. Architects
Bruce Kuwabara and Brent Wagler, Kuwabara, Payne, McKenna, Blumberg Architects
Marc Letellier, GLCRM Architects
Ashok Malhotra and Dan Carson, Halsall (Structural Engineers)
Ewen Marjerrison and Wayne Scharf, Genivar (Mechanical and Electrical Engineers)
Irvin Heiber, PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
Project owner/developer: Canadian Museum of Nature
Award of Merit – Urban Elements
Laurier Avenue Segregated Bike Lanes
As a two year pilot project, these on-street bicycle lanes constructed on Laurier Avenue West were meant to promote cycling as an effective transportation mode by better connecting cyclists to key destinations. They are the first segregated bike lanes in Ontario and extend over eight city blocks from Bronson to Elgin Streets. The lanes are an enhancement to the public realm, and the bright green pavement treatments at intersections were designed to be highly visible to everyone on the road or sidewalk.
“Enormous credit is given for undertaking this project and testing the waters in a pilot format to transform an important city street. [...] Bravo. If the outcome of this pilot project is positive, and these types of lanes become a permanent installation, the City is encouraged to employ better design detailing through the use of higher quality materials and detail.”
Michel Bisson, Meghan Whitehead and Laura Maxwell, McCormick Rankin Corporation
Colin Simpson, Steve Stoddard and Louis Quigley, City of Ottawa
Project owner/developer: City of Ottawa
Award of Merit – Public Places and Civic Spaces
Rideau Canal Esplanade, Rideau Canal and Colonel By Drive
The Rideau Canal Esplanade demonstrates how simple, but bold design moves can transform otherwise wasted space into spectacular urban space. In front of the new Convention Centre, the plaza is a logical terminus to the Colonel By Drive and arrival court to the core of the City. The Esplanade now gathers Parliament Hill, City Hall, the NAC, the OCC, Confederation Park and the Government Conference Centre (the old train station) into one cohesive composition. Vehicle traffic has been slowed here giving priority to the pedestrian. Building on the canal heritage theme, large limestone blocks are aligned to the City grid and form sitting and movement spaces. The stone walls define pedestrian and vehicular spaces while providing edges and perches for people to sit. The large elm trees shade the wood benches crafted from log booms that once floated down the Ottawa River. The canal is revealed as part of a very successful urban space.
“This is a natural and delicate way to form the edge of the canal along Colonel By Drive. The design treatment creates a sense of movement that is in tune with the Rideau Canal. The landscape scheme wonderfully preserves and frames views of Parliament Hill. Overall, the design includes an excellent choice of materials and finishes including the repurposing of the iconic Canal timbers.”
Steve Sunderland, Jerry Corush and Pat Bunting, Corush Sunderland Wright Ltd.
Diane Irwin, Linda Dicaire and Mathieu Brisson, National Capital Commission
Irv Mazurkiewicz, Don Marrin and Jennifer Drew, Parks Canada
Brad Banks and Mark Martin, PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
Teja Lischer, Hufdi Bahia and George Fraser, Meyknecht-Lischer Contractors Ltd.
Project owner/developer: National Capital Commission
Wellington Street West Reconstruction
The design concept was ‘linking neighbourhoods’ and spans approximately two kilometres of inner city community, along which lies a rich neighbourhood history. 23 side streets (from Western Avenue to Garland Street at Somerset Street West) intersect this project, each leading to enclaves of residential communities and diverse businesses. As part of an integrated water and sewer replacement initiative, this municipal project presented the opportunity to substantially re-design the pedestrian mainstreet environment.
“The project is a great example of how the transformation of a street can emphasize pedestrians. The project allows great animation and activity along the street edge by providing space on the sidewalk for more than just walking. From the lighting to the paving treatment and public art, it is an exciting and comfortable design. The proof of success is how businesses have responded to the opportunity; new life spreads along the street and creates a sense of unity and integration throughout the community. The sheer size and length of this project is impressive and makes the neighbourhood lively.”
Ron Clarke and Dave Hearnden, Delcan Corporation
Jim Douglas and Kaja Cerveny, Douglas & Ruhland Associates
Annie Hillis, West Wellington BIA
Paulette Dozois, Hintonburg Community Association
Ryan Lotecki and Marcus Kucey, Artists of the Wellington Marbles
Max Ross, Taavi Siitam and Nancy Jackson, City of Ottawa
Project owner/developer: City of Ottawa
City of Ottawa Central Archives and Ottawa Public Library Materials Centre,
100 Tallwood Drive
On the edge of Tallwood Forest at the intersection of two arterial roads (Woodroffe and Tallwood Drive) the new City Archives was designed to create a public courtyard linking to the future transit station. The courtyard also provides a site for public art and acts as a communal focal point at a key intersection in the city. This new facility makes significant connections between the adjacent neighbourhood, the forest and the future transit station. It provides tangible community benefits and includes striking architectural character to a growing part of the city on a major community transit and transportation corridor.
“An attractive, colourful and beautifully detailed design that works on all four sides of the site, the back is as nice as the front. The project includes a great mix of elements including a wonderful example of public art and a public square. With a planned Transitway adjacent, this project is a grand gesture to the future, and one that will help transform this suburban setting over time. A very nice, interesting project.”
Wendy Brawley and Gerry Shoalts, Barry J. Hobin & Associates Architects Inc. in association with Shoalts and Zaback Architects Ltd.
Don Maynard, Artist
Richard Cunliffe, Cunliffe & Associates
Francis Bann and Chris Myres, Goodkey Weedmark & Associates
Ron Cebryk, Novatech Engineering
Jerry Corush, Corush Sunderland Wright
Chris Wanczycki, City of Ottawa
Project owner/developer: City of Ottawa
Award of Excellence – Public Places and Civic Spaces
Parkdale Park and Fieldhouse Redevelopment, 366 Parkdale Avenue
Parkdale Park is located just off the Wellington ‘mainstreet’ at Armstrong Street and Hamilton Avenue North and adjacent to the Parkdale Market. The park and market are intertwined and regarded as the ‘hub’ or ‘heart’ of the Hintonburg community. It provides residents of all ages a vibrant green space to enjoy recreational activities and social events as well as a place to shop for fruits and vegetables.
“A stand-out project. This project proves that with imaginative design a minimum budget can create a memorable and whimsical space that fits beautifully into its context of the adjacent outdoor market, street and surrounding community. The tomato sculptures are playful and the ‘vine walls’ are a clever way to prevent graffiti. Overall, there is an excellent use and execution of material and colours. Amazing.”
Kaja Cerveny, Douglas Associates Landscape Architects Ltd. (Prime Consultant) and Anthony Bruni, James Colizza and Nic de Socio, Colizza Bruni Architecture
Dorel Mihai, Star Engineering
Guy-Olivier Mauzeroll and Scott Cooper, McKee Engineering
Dave Yaeger, Delcan
Bruce Meiklejohn, Martin Conboy Lighting Design
Sandra Pilgrim, Joanne Moran, Kevin Wherry, Paul Landry, Sami Qadan and Nancy Jackson, City of Ottawa
Project Owner/Developer: City of Ottawa
General Jury Comments
The jury tips their hat to the many innovative projects around the Parkdale/Westboro/Hintonburg area. It would have liked to see more examples of this kind of urban design in the suburbs. It seems, though, that some very good projects were not submitted. The awards program could benefit from more promotion.
The jury also wants to commend the efforts of Shoppers Drug Mart for developing more urban façades and for responding well to the context in their submissions. Shoppers Drug Mart should be applauded for making an effort to move towards a more urban format on city mainstreets.
As for the student category: At a time when living arrangements and choices are limited and often monotonous, it’s gratifying to see that students explore such diverse and innovative types of multi-family housing. Scales are manipulated to fit into neighbourhoods, and ideas are explored that we all would like to see picked up more by the industry.
Overall, the most innovative and fresh designs are not always found in the biggest budgeted projects; for the 2011 OUDAs some of the best designs were most apparent in the neighbourhood projects and mid-rise form. The jury encourages this kind of development in keeping with Ottawa's urban fabric. Excellent design is happening at a smaller-scale, and it is something to be emulated.
Finally, in the presentations, it was said once again that many of the submissions need to better convey their projects’ context, including shots of people.