Imagining a Mixed-Use Development for Lacey Court
In November of 2015, we were invited by D.Talks in Calgary to participate in a discussion prompt entilted 'iconomy'; examining a beautful example of mid-century architecture in Calgary's 'Beltline' community. We were asked to propose how one would redevelop the existing site to account for the growth of the city around it.
Given the beautifully delicate nature of the existing building - our proposal consited of maintaining the original 'DNA' of the original structure, and utilizing that DNA to create a highly dense developemnt. The result was a programmatic re-organization of the typical mixed-use development. A tall, slender tower was considered toward the rear of the site keeping the original building's pedestrian scale and articulation intact. The tower's floors contained a mix of micro dwellings, 1 bedroom, and 2 bedroom apartments with shared commercial space on each floor. The commerical office space to the rear of the building (with views to the city centre) provide an opportunity for residents to own an etire floor of the building for an optimal live/work scenario. The micro dwellings strip a studio apartment down to the bare essentials, and along with 1 bedroom apartments adorn the south (sun-facing) side of the building of the combined commercial/residential flors. Toward the top of the tower, 2 bedroom units comprise the full floors and offer views to the city as well as sweeping views to the south. The plinth (the original building) was reorganized to accomodate a more rational and active hospitality based program so that the building mainatains an active facade during the hours which the building would otherwise be rather quiet and static.
- Date : 2015
- Size : 10,000 - 20,000 sqft
- Status : Research
Small and easily created 'bollards' designed to empower individual users to 'steal-back' or reappropriate pieces of public infrastructure for new or altered uses. Street Stealers would give the citizenry power to change roadways into more diverse and dynamic urban program: markets, playing fields, pedestrian zones, etc..
The rational and very well porportioned entry of the original building is maintained, with the new tower to the rear of the site, and the new building approach replaces the old 'driveway'.
An Active Facade
It is important that contemporary mixed-use developments are considered in terms of program. It was important for the building that the 'office' program in the current building be replaced by a more social and active program so that the building maintains an active facade during any time of day or night.
The tower's form evolved out of a study and reaction to the existing context. The new tower allows for natural lighting, natural ventilation, views, and contextual sensitivity.