National Urban Design Awards — 2012 Recipient

Elm Street Four Unit Infill
Ottawa
ON
Award Category: 
National Urban Design Awards
Urban Architecture

Jason C. Flynn Architect Inc.

The primary goal for this project was to design a four-unit development without compromising the needs of the modern urban family. The project promotes safety, enhances the street, conceals the on-site parking, maximizes amenity space and reflects neighbourhood building patterns.

Using appropriate design strategies, infill development can be a powerful tool providing a chain reaction of possibilities for better living, strengthening our communities and energizing our cities. Although once forgotten, the lot on Elm Street now expresses a renewed vitality for community, provides central living for four urban families, and shows us the possibilities for the future of infill design. 

Jury Comment(s): 

“Excellent and imaginative use of tight site that achieves a strong architectural presence, is sympathetic to neighborhood scale and maximizes its infill potential, while dealing creatively with challenges such as parking, accessible entryways, amenity spaces and privacy zones. Elegantly detailed exteriors enhance street appeal while the stylish combination of precast pavers, wood accent panels, stone, stucco and glass create a distinct and attractive urban chic without being gimmicky or self-conscious.”

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photo: Laurie-Anne Smith