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2011 Award Winners

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.

Jury comments

“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.”

Project team

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.

Jury comments

“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.”

Project team

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.

Jury comments

“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.”

Project team

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.

Jury comments

“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.”

Project team

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.

Jury comments

“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.”

Project team

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.

Jury comments

“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.”

Project team

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.

Jury comments

“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.”

Project team

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.

Jury comments

“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.”

Project team

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.

Jury comments

“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.”

Project team

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.

Jury comments

“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.”

Project team

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.

Jury comments

“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.”

Project team

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.

Jury comments

“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.”

Project team

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.

2009 Award Winners

Award of Excellence – Urban Infill (low-rise)

Chamberlain Offices, 76 Chamberlain Avenue

Chamberlain Offices, 76 Chamberlain Avenue

Chamberlain Offices is located between the Queensway and Central Park, the seam where car and people, grey and green, hard and soft meet. The highway face of Chamberlain Offices is composed of “boxy” black and aluminium volumes and a long curving mahogany wall, sitting on a bed of gravel landscape. On the other side, the park face of Chamberlain Offices is animated with smaller, more refined forms where glass is a dominant material.

The architecture of the Chamberlain Offices enhances the urban experience of the person traveling on the Queensway at high speed, as well as the person walking their dog in the park.

Some of the jury comments:

“This project is a skilful solution to a challenging site that is shaped by somewhat harsh, toxic urban conditions. The building and urban space is a positive visual cue and provides a sense of landmark along an industrial-type service road. The rear yard is soft and offers a place of discovery, and a nice buffer to safely use the adjacent park.”

Project Team

James A. Colizza Architect Inc., James Colizza

Award of Excellence – Urban Infill (low-rise)

57 Lewis Street

57 Lewis Street

The Lewis Street Infill site is a through-lot located along the only block in the Golden Triangle that has no buildings on the north side of Lewis Street - only backyards and parking. It is a contemporary infill project in a “building-less” streetscape and includes an articulated grouping of vertical volumes that are clad with affordable and durable materials. Wood panels serve to soften the building and express a more refined quality to some of the building elements, and the deck adds a finer detail and scale.

Some of the jury comments:

“This is a precedence-setting project along the street, which reclaims space that is otherwise oriented to cars. The project has good intentions and legitimately uses modest materials in a quality piece of architecture. This project creates a new type of street façade and is a paradigm shift for this portion of Lewis Street.”

Project Team

Jacques Hamel, Hamel Design; Rod Gillard, Genivar Consulting Group Ltd.; Flo Conti, Conti Corp.

Award of Merit – Urban Infill (low-rise)

Strathcona on the Parc, 417, 419, 421 Laurier Avenue East

Strathcona on the Parc, 417, 419, 421 Laurier Avenue East

Strathcona on the Parc is a 10 unit residential restoration, renovation and infill project located in the Sandy Hill Heritage Conservation District. The development features the restoration of the two existing Queen Anne Revival heritage houses, and a new 17,000 square metre, four storey addition at the rear of the property to accommodate eight new residential condominium units.

Strathcona on the Parc is designed in a contemporary vernacular sympathetic to, but distinct from, the existing heritage residences. It demonstrates that residential intensification in one of the Ottawa’s Heritage Conservation Districts can be achieved with a strategy of careful restoration and sensitive infill.

Some of the jury comments:

“A clean, clear and honest infill project with good scale and proportion. The project is a sympathetic juxtaposition without crowding the adjacent buildings. It uses high-quality materials, fits well among the established character and streetscape, and appropriately considers and treats all facades.”

Project Team

Barry Padolsky, Michael Kelly, Barry Padolsky Associates Inc. Architects; Massoud Yazdani, M & E Engineering Ltd.; Adam O’Connor, Todd Perry, McIntosh Perry Consulting Engineering Ltd.; Tom Stevens, Dan Carson, Halsall Associates Limited; James Douglas, Douglas Associates Landscape Architects Ltd.; Keith Sim, Paul Daoust Construction Canada Ltd.; Peter Doig, 421 Laurier Avenue Ltd.

Award of Merit – Urban Infill (low-rise)

Montmartre on the Market, 224-230 Dalhousie Street, 114-126 Guigues Avenue

Montmartre on the Market, 224-230 Dalhousie Street, 114-126 Guigues Avenue

The Montmartre on the Market project is located at the corner of Dalhousie Street and Guigues Avenue and incorporates one residential heritage building, one new semi-detached on Guigues Avenue, one heritage commercial building with apartments above, two new townhouses, one new duplex, and twelve new condominium units, with main street commercial, all clustered around an interior courtyard. Underground parking is provided for all the new residential units.

This mixed-use development extends the commercial realm of Dalhousie Street and successfully introduces a strong residential component. The project provides a variation in scale, height and massing, and divides each street frontage into three architecturally distinct forms. By retaining and rehabilitating the existing heritage structures, and by incorporating courtyards and carriageways, the continuity of the urban fabric along the street is strengthened and appears to have developed naturally.

Some of the jury comments:

“This is a complex, noble project. The scale is very good; it is a scale that more cities need to help repair their dispirited areas. The design is eclectic without begin pastiche. Overall the project is pleasant and fits well into the streetscape, almost like it has always been there. This type of development is not easy to realize, but should still be encouraged for all cities.”

Project Team

Doug Hardie, Marcel Pelletier, Douglas Hardie Architect Inc.; Jim Lennox, James Lennox & Associates Inc.; Peter James, Novatech Engineering Consultants Ltd.; Massoud Yazdani, M & E Engineering Ltd.; Greg Clunis, Integral DX Engineering Ltd.; Neal Hardie, Photographer; Paul Justice, L.A. Group; Marnie Bennett, Bennett & Company; Steve Cunliffe, Dalhousie Street Inc. c/o Regional Group of Companies

Award of Excellence – Urban Infill (mid- to high-rise)

Mackay House, 295 Mackay Street

Mackay House, 295 Mackay Street

The five-storey infill building is situated on a corner lot, fronting MacKay Street to the north and Dufferin Road to the west. The site allows the introduction of a corner feature that faces the Rideau Hall grounds, home to the Governor General. The circular tower is in stone, glass and copper, and serves as a visual icon for the project and a landmark to the neighbourhood. Vertical bays and changes in materiality articulate the building elevations and building mass, and create a transition with the scale of neighbouring buildings. The base of the tower forms an arcaded entrance for pedestrians from a slightly sunken ‘plaza’, leading into the lobby. Along both fronting streets, English oak trees create a formal rhythm between the sidewalk and property line and a concrete curb creates an edge for planting and snow removal in the winter.

Some of the jury comments:

“The development is a convincing example of an end-of-block infill project; it is an architectural anchor that defines the residential avenue. The project is skilfully proportioned and scaled, and develops a clear sense of rhythm. If I lived in this neighbourhood I would be happy the Mackay House was built. This project is a labour of love, by a committed developer who enjoys their work.”

Project Team

Barry J. Hobin, Barry J. Hobin & Associates Architects Incorporated; Ken Pidgeon, ZW Group Inc.; Peter Goodeve, Goodeve Manhire Inc.; Mike Green, David McManus Engineering Ltd.; John Scrivens, Genivar Consulting Group Ltd.; Gerry Larocque, Larocque Levstek; John MacDougall, Uniform Urban Developments

Award of Merit – Public Places and Civic Spaces

Sandy Hill Flood Control and Park Rehabilitation, 250 Somerset Street East

Sandy Hill Flood Control and Park Rehabilitation, 250 Somerset Street East

Sandy Hill Park has traditionally served as a major community hub for neighbourhood residents. The new park design incorporates an improved layout, modernized facilities and comfortable outdoor places. Each and every design element of the park respects the engineering design of the flood control and stormwater management plan, as well as local community input. Grade changes were used to shape a new landscape with natural slopes and high impact stonewalls, while also visually cradling park users within this green space. The stormwater management pond, which sits above the underground storage tank and is one meter below the surrounding pathways in the centre of the park, can be utilized as a multi-sport field in the summer and an ice rink in the winter. The quality of this urban space is demonstrated through its dual utility as a flood control solution and a beautiful community asset.

Some of the jury comments:

“An engineering feat that is married with the landscape, and that improves the community. This project has well-articulated edges, deals effectively with surface water and goes beyond typical engineering solutions. The urban space also excites the community and offers them unexpected recreational opportunities.”

Project Team

Adrien Comeau, Brett Byce, Stéphane D'Aoust, Chantal Gaudet, James Ricker, Jeff Deloyde, Ernie Calberry, Gregory Chochlinski, Anthony Grigaitis, Susan Alarcon and Brian Harris, Stantec Consulting Ltd.; Doug Rancier and Ryan Baker, Civitas Architecture Inc.; Peter Spal and Rikke Brown, IBI Group; William Cavers, Golder Associates; Action Sandy Hill; Doran Contractors Ltd.; Darryl Shurb, Paul Landry, Joanne Moran, Eric Tousignant, George Blake, City of Ottawa

Award of Merit – Urban Elements

Cancer Survivors Park, Industrial Avenue and Alta Vista Drive

Cancer Survivors Park, Industrial Avenue and Alta Vista Drive

Located at the junction of Alta Vista Drive, Riverside Drive and Industrial Avenue, the Cancer Survivors Park is a beacon for those making their way to the Ottawa Hospital and Regional Cancer Clinic. Positive messages are conveyed through stationary plaques mounted on stone cairns that frame a large circular walkway. Trees are planted at the edges of the space, tempering the climate by buffering winds and providing shade. Public art, of seven flowers, six metres high, rise out from behind the entry wall. As well, a tall stainless steel sculpture called ‘Shine’ welcomes motorists as they approach from the east. The sculpture ‘Cancer, there is Hope’ animates the park’s Riverside entrance.

The gentle grades quiet the roadways and provide a sense of privacy. Residents are invited through the park on their way to the local transit station.

Some of the jury comments:

“The Cancer Survivors Park incorporates many interesting elements and public art pieces that celebrate our cultural aspects. The project defines a crossroads in the community that can be experienced by car, is diverse, and employs good workmanship. The design and execution of the Park involves great skill and care in detail; a lot of experience went in to designing this park.”

Project Team

Steve Sunderland, Corush Sunderland Wright Limited; Chuck Merovitz, Committee Chair, Cancer Survivors Park; Vangie Rich, R.A. Bloch Cancer Foundation; Kathleen Grimes, Site Preparation Ltd.; Linda Eagan, Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation

Special Jury Prize

Children’s Garden of Old Ottawa East, 321 Main Street

Children’s Garden of Old Ottawa East, 321 Main Street

Thanks to the work of a dedicated group of volunteers, an underutilized park, which is bordered by a high-speed commuter artery (Main Street), has been transformed into Ottawa’s first and only Children’s Garden. The space has become an urban sanctuary for the young, a place where children can till the soil, plant seeds, hunt for bugs, pick berries and hide away in a bean tepee. They come to the garden to have fun, but along the way come to understand how the natural world works and how we can produce our own food in an organic, sustainable environment. The Garden is a place built for the community, by the community. As it has taken shape, new relationships have taken root and they continue to grow, as the Garden — which will always be a work in progress — evolves.

Some of the jury comments:

“This project breaks-down the barriers and professionalism in planning. It involves a community taking ownership of its open space through successful engagement – a sentiment we need more of. The garden is imaginative and uses delight and whimsy in defining a community space. This project demonstrates that a park can capture the imagination of children through proper dialogue, inclusiveness and clever educational programs, without building a traditional play structure.”

Project Team

Students and staff at Lady Evelyn Alternative School (Jennifer Dawson's class, in particular); Sustainable Living Ottawa East; past and current members of the Children's Garden Advisory Group, including Annette Hegel, Alan Kenworthy, Rebecca Aird, Aamina Badran, Denise Landry, Stephanie Pineau, Isabelle Leclerc-Morin, Candace Hebert, Chris Osler, Erin Kaipainen, Leah McDonald, Michael Friedman, Justin Van Dyk, Julia Sneyd and Mike Shahin; Sue Bramley, Renée Proteau, Paul McCann, Debbie Hamilton, Doug Flowers, Dave Mcleod and Gilles Roy, City of Ottawa; Sandy Hill Community Health Centre; Student Experience Office of Carleton University; Christiana Fizet, Summer 2009 Garden Co-ordinator; Main Farmers' Market; Corporate Council on Volunteering; Community Foundation of Ottawa; Walmart-Evergreen Green Grants; Brian Sindall, Construction Lines; Jeremie Dicaire, Trim to Perfection

Ottawa win goes national!

 

As part of a two-tier program, this project won the 2010 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s national urban design awards competition in the ‘Community Improvement’ category. Congratulations!

Award of Merit – Student Projects

Cascade Public Drinking Fountain

Cascade Public Drinking Fountain

The Cascade fountain creates an occasion for all users (even pets) to appreciate water’s power and attraction, and allows urbanized people, who are mostly removed from natural water sources, to indulge in the pleasures of free flowing drinking water. The goal of the Cascade fountain is to bring some exuberance back to the outdoor and indoor drinking fountain, while making it simple to drink from and fill reusable containers, accessible to all users, easily maintainable and adaptable to its environment.

Some of the jury comments:

“A beautiful project organized in a concise, non-verbal way that effectively illustrates and documents the evolution of the design process. The Fountain is sensitively imagined, well tested and thoughtfully presented.”

Project Team

Michael Tomlin, Student, Carleton University, School of Industrial Design

Award of Merit – Student Projects

Urban Nature, 560 Rideau Street

Urban Nature, 560 Rideau Street

This theoretical project is located along Rideau Street, between Coburg Street and Charlotte Street. The building and urban space promotes a flow of people into the area. The project incorporates live/work opportunities and features a range of residential unit types to accommodate a diverse group of residents. The project also proposes ground floor commercial units, several institutional uses and a rooftop garden. It creates a private, safe home as well as an exciting place to live. The design of the facade extends the built form along Rideau Street in a contemporary, colourful manner.

Some of the jury comments:

“This is an ambitious project that packs a lot in to the site. The programming mix is interesting and the variegated street façade and internal world are well done. The development also creates a new use for the laneway. This project is dynamic and pro-active; it is not afraid to make mistakes.”

Project Team

Nicholas Pangallo, Student, Carleton University, Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism

2007 Award Winners

1. Award of Excellence - Urban Infill

700 Sussex Mixed-Use Development

700 Sussex Mixed-Use Development

This 10-storey, mixed-use condominium frames the busy corners of Rideau, Mackenzie and Sussex Drive. The development brings 70 residential units, a hanging roof garden, quality retail spaces, and a much-needed outdoor open space to the heart of the city. The generous street level plaza features restaurants and boutiques. It is a favourite sunny place to linger or an enjoyable short cut between the downtown and the ByWard Market.

Some of the jury comments:

“This project was obviously mandated and extensively reviewed to result in a high quality addition to the main street of Canada. It has more than risen to the challenge. Use of materials, the relationship to the street edges, the location of retail to support Sussex, the location of the main mass of the building and the addition of a significant, well detailed public space on the corner demonstrate considerable urban design excellence.”
“This is a very well designed site with a clear and vibrant design intent that complements the adjacent urban fabric.”
“A high-quality urban piece by a skilled architect.”
Project Team

Claridge Homes, Dan S. Hanganu Architecte, IBI Group Architects, Halsall Associates, Quadrant Engineering, James B. Lennox Landscape Architect, Novatech Engineering.

2. Award of Merit - Urban Infill

100 Murray Street

100 Murray Street

This 5-storey mixed-use office project is a recent addition to the heritage district of the ByWard Market. Designed and scaled to tie in with the existing rhythm of the streetscape, the project is a contemporary mid-rise office building inserted into the heritage fabric of the ByWard Market.

Some of the jury comments:

“A well proportioned multiple façade fits well on the market street and is supported by several small retail shops flanking the lobby. The additional height above the main building is deployed in a very successful manner related to the preservation of the market scale of building at the street level. The addition of streetscape is a valuable urban component.”
“A reasonably good mixed-use urban infill that does what any piece of urban architecture should do: provide a continuity of the alignment and height of the street façade, a continuity of the commercial spaces on the street, and a continuity at grade from the sidewalk to the interior public spaces.”
“The retail spaces along the street complement the character and use of the street and occur at a complementary scale and with a similar texture of materials, promoting a good transition from adjacent buildings.”
Project Team

Richard Chmiel Architect & Associates Inc., R. J. McKee Engineering, Adjeleian Allen Rubeli Ltd., Thomas Fuller Construction, Corush Sunderland Wright

3. Award of Merit - Urban Infill

131 Queen Street Mixed-Use Development

131 Queen Street Mixed-Use Development

This new mixed-use office development between the Sparks Street Mall and Queen Street is situated within a Heritage District where the federal realm meets the civic realm. It integrates historic buildings along Sparks Street into a mixed-use retail, residential, and commercial development that steps back to protect views and provide access to sunlight on the Sparks Street Mall.

Some of the jury comments:

“What distinguishes this building is the high quality (and the restraint) of the overall detailing and of the Sparks Street façade. The fine restoration of the existing façades, along with the understated design of the new elements, makes for a beautiful contribution to Sparks Street.”
“The Sparks Street side of this development is very successful and overall the total mixed-use format, historic integration and retention of the arcade is a valuable lesson in the details of downtown urban design.”
“The upper floors are nicely stepped back to ensure appropriate light penetration to the mall.”
Project Team

National Capital Commission, Morguard Corporation and 131 Queen Street Limited, Bregman & Hamann Architects.

4. Award of Excellence - Public Places and Civic Spaces

Corktown Footbridge

Corktown Footbridge

The Corktown footbridge connects the Centretown neighbourhood with the University of Ottawa and Sandy Hill. The landmark bridge offers a new vantage point for spectacular views of the canal. Although a very recent addition to the open space system, this project is already a highly successful ‘place’ as measured by the number of pedestrians, cyclists and rollerbladers.

Ottawa win goes national!

Congratulations! As part of a two-tier program, this project won the 2006 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s national Urban Design Awards competition in the ‘Civic Design’ category.

Some of the jury comments:

“Delightful and functional in a magic setting. About time as well.”
“A work of great elegance, simplicity and richness of detailing. It is evident that a great deal of thought, time and effort went into this project. This is the reward.”
“It is a wonderful example of how art and architecture can be melded to create a signature urban element.”
Project Team

City of Ottawa, Delcan, du Toit Architects Ltd / du Toit Allsopp Hillier, Gabriel Design Inc.

5. Award of Merit - Public Places and Civic Spaces

Lakeridge Square

Lakeridge Square

This open space in a new neighbourhood in the Orléans community is inspired by the historic squares of Savannah, Georgia. The park is framed by stacked townhouses and is a focal point that terminates the view of four local streets. It is designed as a passive area ideal for contemplation, picnics, or free play such as Frisbee and catch.

Some of the jury comments:

“The introduction of this type of open space into suburban communities is very important. This space would work just as well at one half and one quarter of this size and the jury encourages suburban park standards to be refined to allow many more of these spaces to be created.”
“We applaud the effort to create significant and recognisable public spaces – in this case squares that are clearly in the public domain and enclosed by built form.”
“This is a step in the right direction for the promotion of a variation on the suburban open space theme. The square also speaks to the need to develop flexible urban open space that responds to each site and each context in a specific way.”
Project Team

Minto Developments Inc., F. D. Fountain Landscape Architecture, Atrel Engineering, Paquette Planning Associates Ltd., Golden Triangle Nursery

6. Award of Merit - Urban Elements

Confederation Boulevard Urban Furnishings

Confederation Boulevard Urban Furnishings

The distinctive urban furnishings designed with a common design vocabulary unify some of the Capital Regions most central streets to create Confederation Boulevard. The Boulevard provides a rich pedestrian experience with wide treed esplanades, interpretive elements, floral displays and spectacular views of the Capital’s built and natural treasures. A common design vocabulary unifies the many streetscape elements including streetlights, benches, waste receptacles, attraction signs, fountains, floral displays, flag poles and way finding maps.

Some of the jury comments:

“There is a simple, clean and subtle texture to this design.”
“I like the effort to simplify, reduce the number of elements and standardize their implantation, making for an organized and uncluttered urban space.”
Project Team

National Capital Commission

7. Special Jury Award

Preston Square

Preston Square

The recent phase of this mixed-use commercial project – in the heart of “Little Italy” – is the recipient of a “special jury award”, a new category created this year by the jury to recognize the uniqueness of certain projects and contexts. Wide sunny sidewalks with room for outdoor cafés are lined with small retail and restaurant spaces. Interior entry spaces and outdoor landscaped courtyards are used to unite diverse development built over several phases.

Some of the jury comments:

“What a delightful surprise on Preston Street. The jury separated this entry for recognition because it crosses so many categories and demonstrated a remarkable transformation of a parcel from a suburban office park form into a remarkable mixed-use neighbourhood centre. Employment, housing and retail have been masterfully combined in a very complicated urban design that for users is very simple and legible. The Preston Street frontage is a model for west facing re-urbanization throughout the city. Watch this spot evolve and amplify the life of Preston Street.”
“This project distinguishes itself by being able to successfully urbanise an impossible site.”
“This project provides an excellent example of how to integrate mixed-use with a strong pedestrian environment.”
Project Team

Sakto Corporation, Aberdeen Project Facilitators, IBI Group Architects, Bregman and Hamann Architects, Adjeleian Allen Rubeli, McKee Engineering, Douglas Associates, Quinn Design Associates, Novatech Engineering

8. Award of Excellence - Student Project

Bikevine

Bikevine

The Bikevine is a design for a public utility to improve Ottawa’s public transport by encouraging increased bicycle use. This storage solution is a sleek, narrow design that ensures that it remains unobtrusive to the flow of pedestrian traffic.

Some of the jury comments:

“Every now and then you see something so simple and elegant, it is magic.”
“Provides a clear resolution in a clean and simple form.”
“Simple. Ingenious. One can easily envision it being prototyped, tested, put into production.”
Project Team

Ian Murchison and Charles Tigner

9. Award of Merit - Student Project

International Congress Centre

International Congress Centre

This student project proposed to replace the existing Ottawa Congress building with an iconic tower that would inject modern identity to the nation’s capital. The tower and expansion of the facility would include roof gardens, apartments, commercial spaces, and enhanced pedestrian access to the Congress Centre.

Some of the jury comments:

“Thought out in great detail. Nicely presented with a richness of information.”
“A bold and dramatic intervention.”
Project Team

Anastasiya Burchevska, Adrian Brett, Maurice McIlwain

10. Award of Merit - Student Project

Re-Imaging the Rockcliffe Airbase

Re-Imaging the Rockcliffe Airbase

This project proposes a sustainable mid-density neighbourhood on the lands of the former Rockcliffe Airbase. The submission organizes residential sub-neighbourhoods around a regional downtown and provides transitions between these areas with a human scaled ‘greenbelt’ of natural park space that protects and enhances the site’s environmental features.

Some of the jury comments:

“Another well thought out project with an enormous amount of detail. Beautifully drawn.”
“A visionary complex design solution for a large site.”
Project Team

Andrew Foote and Matthew Fielding

11. Award of Merit - Student Project

The Schlinoffitel

The Schlinoffitel

The Schlinoffitel is a literal bridge that crosses a busy speedway to act as a connective tissue between a busy consumer area and a quieter residential community.

The Schlinoffitel is a proposal to connect two disparate communities divided by the realities of urban expansion with a combined school, clinic, office and hotel.

Some of the jury comments:

“A thoughtful and pertinent analysis of contemporary urban development. Here the dense and varied urban space, the space of the pedestrian, is literally a bridge over the space of the automobile.”
“A daring intervention that addresses the complex nature of urban spaces.”
Project Team

Matthew Robert Lahey

2005 Award Winners

1. Urban Infill - Award of Excellence

Salvation Army Grace Manor

Salvation Army Grace Manor

The Salvation Army Grace Manor is located on Wellington Street between Parkdale and Rosemont and is home to 128 seniors. The campus-like design of this three-storey facility, located on one of Ottawa's significant main streets, is well integrated into the neighbourhood.

Some of the jury comments:

"A solid, well detailed building, appropriately scaled and well massed for its context (a busy road and large infill institutional site). The building, by screening its own parking and providing ample publicly accessible green space shows a respect for its neighbours and setting and promises to be a positive landmark in the area for many years."
"I thought the street side treatment both in terms of the façade and the main entrance were handled with a great deal of restraint, giving the building a kind of quiet composure. This coupled with the minimal and thoughtful detailing really elevated it to award winning status in my mind."
"I think 1156 Wellington (Salvation Army Grace Manor) was the best overall project, for all the reasons mentioned, and I liked the front door. "
Project Team

Major Larry Jones, Bruce Fair, Millie Jarvis, The Salvation Army (client)
Barry J. Hobin & Associates Architects Incorporated, Montgomery Sisam Associates Inc.,
Cunliffe & Associates, Goodkey Weedmark & Associates, Intempo Design, Corush Sunderland Wright,
Simmering & Associates, M. Sullivan & Son Ltd.

2. Urban Infill - Award of Merit

Crichton School Redevelopment
The Gables, The Cottages and The Annex

Crichton School Redevelopment 
The Gables, The Cottages and The Annex

Located on Crichton Street in New Edinburgh, this infill project provides 23 new housing units while preserving the mature, delightful character of this rich green neighborhood. Existing trees and park space have been retained and the historic Crichton School building has been preserved for a variety of new community uses.

Some of the jury comments:

"I thought this was a very successful infill / intensification project which successfully preserved and optimized the use of existing structures for community usage, breathed life into a 'rear lane', making it more viable as a public access way while reinforcing the scale and quality of an established (historic) neighbourhood.
"It is a fine example of the direction we promote for Smart Growth. The gentle and sensitive intensification of existing neighbourhoods which deliver a net positive benefit for residents and stakeholders alike."
"I agree that the scale of the development and especially the lane facing aspect is urbanistically appropriate. Most importantly, it is a good precedent for similar projects in the core area. "
Project Team

Charlesfort Developments Limited (client), Barry J. Hobin & Associates Architects Incorporated, Kallala Designs

3. Urban Infill - Award of Merit

1142 Richmond Road

1142 Richmond Road

Located along a busy 100-foot stretch of Richmond Road, this affordable housing infill project is comprised of seven townhouses, 14 stacked duplexes and two raised lofts. The entire site is organized around an interior courtyard that respects the site's unique triangular shape.

Some of the jury comments:

"A skilful almost witty response to a difficult site. The strong forms and vibrant colour, in combination with the deft manipulation of the massing and building elements to screen the parking from the busy adjacent street, along with the finer detailing and massing on the more conventional streets, forming the other two sides of the triangular site, shows a clear understanding of the context and the role this project plays in it."
Project Team

Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation (client), James A. Colizza Architects Inc., Warlyn Construction Ltd.

4. Public Places & Civic Spaces - Award of Excellence

Canadian War Museum

Canadian War Museum

The New Canadian War museum is the first phase of the revitalization for LeBreton Flats. Located along the Ottawa River, the museum serves as an instant landmark and vibrant addition to the institutional fabric of Ottawa's core.

Some of the jury comments:

"This structure forms the edge of the future LeBreton flats development and, as such, could readily have become a barrier between that neighbourhood and the river to the north. Instead, it deftly divides and manipulates its huge mass on and into the landscape to provide a smooth transition between that future neighbourhood and softer rivers' edge without compromising its role as a monument and without compromising its visual links to the peace tower and the core of Ottawa."
"I may be a little biased here but I think the premise of this bunker buried into the shoreline of the Ottawa River is a powerful and iconic image for the War Museum. I'm also intrigued by the building acting as a kind of incision that creates this ambiguous relationship between the building and the ground. As we discussed it'll be interesting to see how this all fits with the future development of LeBreton Flats. I think that the museum is such an integral part of the river that it will sit comfortably as a landscape form next to whatever LeBreton Flats turns out to be."
Project Team

Mr.J.Geurts, Director and CEO, Canadian War Museum (client), Moriyama & Teshima Griffiths Rankin Cook Architects in Joint Venture, Adjeleian Allen Rubeli Limited, The Mitchell Partnership Limited, Crossey Engineering, William Asselin Ackaoui, Stantec Consulting, PCL Constructors Canada Inc.

5. Public Places & Civic Spaces - Award of Merit

Laurier Bridge Reconstruction

Laurier Bridge Reconstruction

Residents and visitors alike recognize the Laurier bridge as the picturesque backdrop to the Rideau canal, both summer and winter. This reconstruction respects the historic geometry of the bridge while enhancing access to the canal and enriching the pedestrian experience through careful attention to landscaping, seating, and lighting.

Some of the jury comments:

"The project has recognized the iconic role the original bridge has for Ottawa in general and canal skating in particular. In order to maintain this status, it has skilfully maintained the scale, form and detailing of the original structure while subtly doubling its size."
"This project is a good example of how infrastructure renewal can be sensitively handled when dealing with important and symbolic built features in the Capital. Although there could have been a more inspired intervention, it is unobtrusive and seems true to the original design intent."
Project Team

City of Ottawa (client), du Toit Allsopp Hillier/du Toit Architects Limited, McCormick Rankin Corporation

6. Urban Elements - Award of Excellence

Ottawa Airport Fountain

Ottawa Airport Fountain

The Ottawa Airport fountain is a memorable element of the new Ottawa Airport passenger terminal. Aside from the calming effect, both to the ears and the eyes, the fountain attempts to relate the story of the area's three rivers and their role in the founding of Ottawa.

New arrivals into the hall are often seen taking pictures of the fountain, both on its own as a beautiful object and with their friends and family in front of it. An elegant and memorable arrival to the city.

Ottawa win goes national!

Congratulations! As part of a two-tier program, this project won the 2006 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s national Urban Design Awards competition in the ‘Urban Fragment’ category.

Some of the jury comments:

"A highly successful and engaging element of the airport which provides both an instant and refreshing reference to the region and gentle but effective guidance to the baggage hall and exit. Its role as a visual treat, history lesson and meeting point for residents and travellers will undoubtedly form an important component of the memory and images of Ottawa for many."
"The play of sound, light and movement has a calming effect that I'm sure is appreciated by all who pass by it. "
"I think the Ottawa airport fountain is one of the best things in the city, the new 'fast architecture' piazza, contemporary but delicately referencing the past and the area."
Project Team

Mr. Paul Benoit, President and CEO, Ottawa MacDonald-Cartier International Airport Authority (client), Brisbin Brook Beynon Architects in association with Stantec Architecture Ltd., Crystal Fountains Inc.