Project: Durham Modular Supportive Housing
Award: Future Projects – Residential, Gold, 2022
Location: Beaverton, Ontario, Canada
Architect: Montgomery Sisam Architects Inc.
Client: Region of Durham & NRB Modular Solutions
This supported housing scheme offers a comfortable and soothing place to live for those experiencing homelessness in a rural community in Ontario. The new facilities at Durham Modular Supportive Housing project include a three-storey building of 47 studio apartments, lounges and administrative areas plus a two-storey community hub for dining, meeting and social support rooms. Both are connected via a glazed link which serves as the main entrance lobby and which opens onto a landscaped courtyard, providing a calming space for residents to enjoy. Intended to help vulnerable people to achieve independence, the project provides residents with on-site support.
The building, beautifully clad in board and batten cedar siding, tongue and groove wood siding and galvanized corrugated aluminium, is intended to reduce the stigma associated with supported housing. Its low-rise, pitched-roof design is inspired by the surrounding agrarian landscape, while the deep grey and light wood material palette harmonizes with the rural surroundings. Large windows and glazed walls frame views of the rich landscape. Modular construction will allow the building to be completed within a speedy 12 months, without compromising on quality control. The pre-fabricated modules do not use any fossil fuels, thanks to an all-electric heating and cooling system powered by 300 photovoltaic panels incorporated into the design of the roof.
Photo credit: Montgomery Sisam Architects Inc.
PRINCIPAL IN CHARGE - Daniel Ling
BUILDING PERMIT LEAD - Enda McDonagh
SITE PLAN APPROVAL LEAD - Kevin Hutchinson
PROJECT ARCHITECT - Sonja Storey-Flemming
DESIGN - Mateusz Nowacki
- DESIGN / DETAILING - Zheng Li
DESIGN / DETAILING - Grace Chang
DETAILING - Paul Kurti
- STRUCTURAL - Design Works (Daniel Chrenek)
MECHANICAL - Design Works (Dimitri Tsapos)
ELECTRICAL - Design Works (Moses Norga)
CIVIL - Design Works (Abdullah Rabi)
CODE CONSULTANT - Vortex (Jack Kaeys)
LANDSCAPE AND ARBORIST - Baker Turner (Scott Burbidge)
FOOD SERVICES - Kaizen (Paul Cumpstey)
SPECIFICATIONS - DGS Consulting (Don Shortreed)