This weekend's Canada 150 celebrations in Ottawa brought countless people in from around the country to celebrate the century and a half since Confederation, many discovering the city for the first time. While Ottawa's built form differs greatly from the high-density makeup of Downtown Toronto, intensification of Ottawa's Byward Market area is helping to create a 24-hour street life in what is already one of the city's most lively areas. DevMcGill's Arthaus Residences at Arts Court is aiding this intensification with a mix of uses that will keep its surroundings lively, combining street-fronting retail, a boutique hotel, new theatre space for the University of Ottawa, an expansion of the Ottawa Art Gallery, and 88 condominium units.
Designed by the team of Toronto's KPMB Architects, Montréal's Régis Côté et Associés, and Ottawa's Barry Padolsky Associates Inc. Architects, the project has been steadily taking shape since 2015, and is now topped out at a height of 23 storeys over the Byward Market neighbourhood. With the building structurally complete, the bulk of the work has moved on to finishes, both inside and out.
Departing from the heavily-glazed aesthetic common to Toronto condominium tower design, Arthaus utilizes punched windows arranged in a syncopated pattern, adding a sense of rhythm to the exterior. The glazing will soon be framed by cladding, in two contrasting tones, creating dark and light planes that break up the massing of the tower.
Arthaus' balcony cladding is soon to come too. Renderings of the tower depict a combination of projecting and inset balconies on the upper levels where the building's condominium suites are located. Hotel rooms below don't get balconies, leaving the outdoor living spaces and panoramic views of Arthaus' upper levels as exclusive features for condominium residences.
At the base of the tower, finishes including stone tile and curtain wall glazing are being installed. As the first elements of podium glazing are being put in place, steel framing is also being assembled around the podium to support the installation of more glass panels.
We will keep you updated as additional information becomes available, and the project nears completion. In the meantime, you can learn more by checking out our Database file, linked below. Want to share your thoughts? Leave a comment on this page, or add your voice to the ongoing conversation in our associated Forum thread.