Affordable housing can be beautiful and contribute to the vitality of a neighbourhood while staying within a limited budget. Located along 118 Avenue, this mixed-use project offers apartment housing targeted at modest income earners. It is also home to the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts and the Stollery Gallery.
Ground floor studio space for Nina Haggerty encourages artistic expression from people with developmental disabilities. Together with the Stollery Gallery, the facility provides exhibition space which connects artists to the community and nourishes a spirit of collaboration and encourages investment in the improvement of the neighbourhood. Generous expanses of glazing along 118 Avenue create a dialogue between the street and the inner activities of the studio and gallery while durable and attractive building materials elicit a sense of quality, permanence, and optimism.
On the second and third levels, sixteen one bedroom units respond to the need for affordable housing and help to improve the neighbourhood by providing pride of home ownership as well as increased density in the area. A communal rooftop patio on the south side overlooks the mature trees on the adjacent street and encourages residents to interact with each other in a more meaningful way than a simple “hello” in the lobby.