Now well above grade, DevMcGill's Arthaus Reisdences at Arts Court is contributing a mixed-use presence to Ottawa's Downtown. As the capital city experiences notable urban growth and revitalization—with two prominent Diamond Schmitt-led projects profiled today—the 23-storey tower will join an increasingly lively and culturally vibrant city.
Located alongside the Ottawa Art Gallery, the project's Waller Street site is tucked in between the Rideau Centre and the University of Ottawa, with the popular Byward Market a short walk to the north. Reflecting its diverse surroundings, Arthaus will feature a unique mix of programming, with an art gallery, student theatre, and boutique hotel joining the condominium suites that top the tower.
Designed by Régis Côté et Associés, Barry Padolsky Associates Inc. Architects, and KPMB Architects, the project will feature interiors by Toronto-based U31. As part of the project, a new gallery for the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art will be located in the building, giving a permanent and expanded home to the Ottawa Art Gallery's artworks. Meanwhile, a 1,600 ft² black box theatre and new classrooms will be used by the University of Ottawa's Drama department, bringing two important cultural institutions into the building.
Animating the ground level with a small landscaped plaza, the public realm will also be enlivened by the presence of the design-forward St. Germain hotel. Taking up the tower's lower floors, the hotel will bring tourists and travelers to what's being marketed as a new cultural hub.
Finally, the upper floors will be given over to residential suites, with levels 16-23 occupied by 88 condominium units. Directly above the hotel, the 15th floor will feature residential amenities, including a fully equipped fitness centre, complete with weight training, cardio, and yoga spaces. The building will also be topped by a rooftop amenity terrace, offering residents views of the surrounding city.
Targeting a late 2017 completion, the project is poised to inject new vibrancy to Ottawa's Downtown, joining an increasingly dense urban environment that's soon to be served by the new 'Confederation Line' LRT. To find out more about ArtHaus—and see additional renderings—you can visit our dataBase file for the project, linked below, or read our previous construction update from earlier this year. If you would like to get in on the conversation, you can click on the thread link which will take you to our sister Forum at SkyriseCities.com, or you can leave a comment in the space provided on this page.