Icon: Claridge Homes is set to become Ottawa’s tallest tower at 45-storeys, transforming the cityscape of the country’s capital and setting a new standard for high quality design and smart densification in the city. Designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects, and as part of the area’s revitalization, the development will bring a mix of uses to meet both the existing and future needs of the neighborhood. More images and architects’ description after the break.
The tower will comprise nine underground parking levels, retail on the ground floor, two floors of commercial space and the remainder will be residential, featuring 252 one-, two- and three-bedroom units. Located at the intersection of Carling and Preston, the project will overlook Dows Lake. Nearby existing amenities include a large park leading to the lake, and the site is within walking distance to both the marina and an O-Train station.
The design of this gateway development responds to the different streetscapes it faces: the lake-facing Carling façade pulls back at the 7th floor to help define the podium, while on Preston, the façade retreats on the fifth floor to smooth the transition to the adjacent businesses.
The playful design of the curved feature balconies reflect the dynamism of Dows Lake and are irregularly stacked vertically in some areas to provide a syncopated rhythm. They also create a clear contrast to further distinguish the podium and soften the façades of the residential levels.
Architects: Hariri Pontarini Architects
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Principal in Charge: David Pontarini
Project Designer: Ken Lee
Team: Steven Avis, Alan Wong
Structural Engineer: Goodeve Manhire
Mechanical Engineer: Smith + Anderson
Electrical Engineer: Smith + Anderson
Landscape Architect: James B Lennox & Associates
Site Service: IBI Group
Planning & Urban: FoTenn
Client: Claridge Homes
Size: 21,000 sqm / 226,000 sqft