CRANBROOK COURTYARDSCLUSTER HOUSING
This prototypical multi-unit residential building forms an E-shaped footprint, creating a three-sided courtyard on each end. This building allows for a variety of dwelling types which include flats and towns with various exterior wall orientations that address both the internal courtyards and the open site. As with much cluster type housing residents can feel a unique sense of community given the proximity of the dwellings to one another. In this case the courtyards provide a shared sanctuary space which engenders a sense of community while also forming a buffer to the street. The building is not encumbered with attached garages thus allowing it to more favourably address the streetscape. In essence, it acts as a large manor house with articulated facades and traditional presence on the street. In style it hints at colonial saltbox vernacular with emphasis on tall vertically proportioned fenestration, narrow soffits and gable-end roofs. The ersatz colonial stone chimney with its muscular proportions provides an architectural centerpiece for the building facades.
||2011 Phase 1 completion
||Architecture / Hardscape
||17,200 sq ft +basement (approx)