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Elää is a 41-unit residential complex located at the entrance to Verdun, a predominantly residential area adjacent to downtown Montreal. Instead of occupying the corner lot with a single volume, the project creates a miniature village by fragmenting the building into many volumes. The result is a porous, spatially varied environment.
The volumes are articulated through a series of slight setbacks and extrusions, which help to match the project to the scale of the surrounding neighbourhood. Each unit is given both a public and a private façade, and enjoys natural light and ventilation. The exterior perimeter is clad in charred cedar, while by contrast, the interior façades and courtyards are clad with white acrylic. To animate the courtyard spaces, select walls include cables for supporting climbing vines, while a series of suspended lights creates a luminous canopy overhead.
Elää aims to achieve LEED platinum certification through the creation of a long-lifespan structure that is easy to maintain. It hopes to encourage indoor-outdoor living and inspire walkability in the surrounding community. The units are net-zero ready, meaning that individual residences can achieve net-zero energy by adding solar panels to offset their use of natural gas.
CLIENT District Atwater Inc. & KnightsBridge
ARCHITECT TEAM Rami Bebawi, Tudor Radulescu, Killian O’Connor, Minh-Giao Truong, Joyce Yam, Olga Karpova, Katrine Rivard, Dina Safonova, Dale Byrns, Laurence Boutin-Laperrière, Eloïse Ciesla, France Moreau, Gabriel Caya
STRUCTURAL L2C Experts
HVAC Martin Roy & Associés
CIVIL Vinci Consultants
AREA 11,000 ft²
BUDGET $5 M
STATUS Tendering, anticipated completion Fall 2017