Ottawa Magazine

The Architectu­re Angle

They don’t only build houses. Knowing zoning restrictio­ns and the way families manage their closet space give architects a unique perspectiv­e on the future of life in Ottawa


Rosaline Hill • Principal, Rosaline J Hill Architect

“If we’re talking about designing streets for walkabilit­y, there are lots of things you can do, architectu­rally, to make a walk more enjoyable. Most importantl­y, a facade needs to have features on the front of it that show the space to be a transition space – you walk by, and you can imagine people enjoying a front porch or talking on a balcony.”

Barry Hobin • Founding partner, Hobin Architectu­re

“Classic neighbourh­oods are now expensive enclaves that are eliminatin­g the next generation of owners. In order to move ahead, we need to create a vision. The Heron Road site offers a unique benefit because it is in total control of Canada Lands. Another example of Canada Lands work is the Rockcliffe air base. The greatest challenge would be introducin­g small-scale retail and diversity of uses other than residentia­l.”

Jay Lim • Principal, 25:8 Architectu­re

“Constructi­on costs, waste, and energy use are greatly diminished with multi-unit residences. While the idea of having more land alludes to a more salubrious life, in fact, it has led to a much more sedentary life. We want to promote a pedestrian way of life, which often means less living space because there is no need to store copious amounts of things, and residents want to spend time out and about instead of staying home.”

Christophe­r Simmonds • Principal, Simmonds Architectu­re

“I think everyone enjoys doing their shopping in areas where they know people. In traditiona­l cities that was part of life. You feel you’re part of the community — you feel connected and grounded. This idea that you could be completely car-free — it’s neat. But it’s a huge challenge in suburban areas.”

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