Spring Garden West

Spring Garden West

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Healthy building design 

A complex urban site that included registered heritage buildings along a heritage streetscape.  The urban design strategy was to restore and setback from the heritage buildings while providing a mixed-use building design that capitalizes on the downtown location with density and a variety of building uses. Ground-floor retail is supported by a landscaped streetscape that provides amenities like benches, public art and plantings. 

Through the study of the Halifax Citadel, a tower form was derived based on analysis of the citadel’s ravelins. Designed to maximize defensive view planes to the harbour, these ravelin forms are now used to increase natural daylighting, cross ventilation and southern views to the harbour.

STATUS

2015
2016 - public engagement 

TYPE

architecture, landscape architecture, planning

CLIENT

Dexel Developments

dexel.ca

LOCATION

Halifax, Nova Scotia

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FULL BUILDING VIEW View looking south on Robie Street at Spring Garden Road.

FULL BUILDING VIEW
View looking south on Robie Street at Spring Garden Road.

VIEW FROM ABOVE View to the city’s South-end.

VIEW FROM ABOVE
View to the city’s South-end.

SOUTH ENTRANCE Entrance at Robie Street.

SOUTH ENTRANCE
Entrance at Robie Street.

STREETSCAPE Spring Garden Road streetscape.

STREETSCAPE
Spring Garden Road streetscape.

STREETSCAPE Planter beds along streetscape.

STREETSCAPE
Planter beds along streetscape.

A book highlighting the findings of the public engagement and design process was put together so that the stakeholders in the project could better understand  the needs of the community.

A book highlighting the findings of the public engagement and design process was put together so that the stakeholders in the project could better understand the needs of the community.

This process was inspiring for not only me but my entire team. The public engagement process has brought forth so many ideas for this development that I cannot imagine building something of this importance without public engagement. … This development is now better and stronger with the help of the public. Although, this is a private development, it is for the publics’ future, it is for the people of Halifax to use daily. I believe now we are better equipped with the right tools and partners to start taking the next steps to make this project a reality.
— Louie Lawen, Dexel Developments