Windmill Development Group has been selected by the City of Guelph to partner on developing a One Planet Living community in the city about an hour west of Toronto in Canada. The new mixed-use, highly sustainable development will include two distinct residential buildings, a large public library, and prominent public plaza.
Windmill’s architectural team for the Guelph project will be Diamond Schmitt Architects and DTAH, both with substantial experience and creativity in creating complete communities. “Diamond Schmitt is excited to be part of an architectural team that will lead a socially and environmentally sustainable new core development for the City of Guelph,” said Duncan Bates, Associate, Diamond Schmitt Architects.
One Planet Living is a planning and sustainability framework developed in the UK by the firm Bioregional and is predicated on building communities where people can live happy and healthy lives within the resources of our One Planet. Its principles include sustainable food and water, zero carbon energy, zero waste, equity and economy.
“Windmill has a long history of leading the most progressive sustainable mixed-use communities in the country through innovative design, development and finance practices,” said CEO Jonathan Westeinde.
“The Baker Street development represents a tremendous opportunity to reinvigorate Wyndham Street North with new civic and cultural resources and a significant population of new residents,” added Megan Torza, partner at DTAH, whose firm will be handling landscape architecture and urban design, as well as architecture alongside Diamond Schmitt.
The focal point of the new community will be a dramatic new public library design and prominent public plaza. Two distinct residential buildings – one on the north side and one on the south of a new public street, will provide approximately 275 residential units to support the City’s intensification goals.