Set in Edmonton’s warehouse district, Seventh Street Lofts adopts an industrial character through low-rise planning
Dub Architects wanted to achieve a high density of housing through low-rise planning, rather than what they considered to be the harsh high-rise towers permitted in the area. The project is an attempt to revitalise the neighbourhood with a sensitive, modestly priced alternative to the conventional condominium market.
Two existing warehouses, together with a new infill building, have been integrated into a single housing complex. The three buildings are united on each floor by a wide corridor, creating a continuous interior street through the urban fragments. The project is composed of three distinct forms: Phase 1 - Conversion of a 1929 brick and heavy timber John Deere Tractor warehouse to 40 apartments, half of which are 2-storey units. Phase 2 - A new 36 unit building joins the two older structures. The new central building gives the street a friendlier character by including raised, outdoor decks and direct access from the surrounding streets. A majority of the units are 2-storeys with open mezzanines. Phase 3 - Conversion of a 1950s yellow brick concrete warehouse to 36 units including the addition of 12 new 2-storey units on the roof level. The original exposed concrete interiors have been left in their aged and rugged state.