The City of Edmonton announces the winners of its Missing Middle Infill Design Competition
On May 29, 2019, the City of Edmonton announced the winners of its Missing Middle Infill Design Competition. Launched earlier this year, the design-build competition turned its gaze to medium-density (or ‘missing middle’) housing and how to make it both economically feasible and well designed to work in Edmonton. Increasing the city’s housing choices, particularly how to integrate more housing in the ‘missing middle’ range, is an important part of the City Plan — Edmonton’s future growth strategy for a city headed towards a metropolitan area of two million people.
Endorsed by The Alberta Association of Architects, the 2019 competition drew proposals from teams of architects and builders/developers from across Canada and abroad. Their task: design a ‘missing middle’ housing development on five City-owned parcels of land at the northeast corner of 112 Avenue and 106 Street in the Spruce Avenue neighbourhood. Their prize: the opportunity to purchase the site and build their winning design, subject to rezoning approval.
The Missing Middle Infill Design winners are:
Part & Parcel, Studio North, and Gravity Architecture
Jury Commentary: This scheme provides a contextually responsive design which may be translated into a tangible community asset due to its high degree of construction viability and replicable design elements.
The first place team is currently in negotiations with the City to purchase the five parcels of land and build their winning design, conditional on rezoning approval.
Leckie Studio Architecture + Design Inc.
Jury Commentary: This submission provides a twist on classic urbanism through its marriage of high quality and durable materials and simple, elegant shape.
RedBrick Group of Companies and SPECTACLE
Jury Commentary: This scheme represents an innovative approach to site layout by distributing densities and amenity spaces through a unique “checkerboard” development pattern and basic massing, which supports affordability and sustainability.
Primavera Development Group Inc., RPK Architects Ltd., McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd., and Synergy Projects Ltd.
Jury Commentary: This submission presents a rational plan with thoughtful consideration of outdoor amenity spaces which provide interactivity between the public and private realm.
Postmark Development Co., Holo Blok Architecture Inc., Ground3 Inc., Design Works Engineering & Inspections Ltd., and Rahmaan Hameed Studios Inc.
This submission was a fan favourite for its originality, pragmatic yet whimsical design approach, incorporation of community gathering spaces and amenities, and balance between nature and modern architecture.
Jury comments courtesy of edmonton.ca.
Further details on the competition and winners can be viewed here: https://www.edmonton.ca/residential_neighbourhoods/PDF/2019_Infill_Design_Competition_Award_Booklet.pdf