1451 & 1435 Hollis Street , Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 1V1
A proposal for a residential multi-unit building whose design brings together Halifax’s heritage and modern energy
The design draws from the historic aesthetic of the neighbourhood, its volumes articulated to harmonize between traditional and modern architectural styles. The facades continue the proportions and materiality of the adjacent buildings through cornice lines, window spacing and masonry construction, while material changes create a textured, vibrant street-front. The building is set back to respect the neighbouring heritage building on Hollis Street, creating a landscaped side yard programmed as amenity space as well as resident circulation through the site.
The building form is defined by three basic moves, emulating the varied and gradual evolution of heritage buildings in Downtown Halifax and cities abroad. The main core of the building is formed by the Georgian inspired volume with light-coloured masonry, detailing and window proportions to reflect the style of its neighbours. Adjacent brick portion creates a varied façade and reduces the apparent mass of the building. The building steps back to a modern portion above, composed of glass and metal for an impression of lightness, and to remain a background element to the principal heritage inspired aesthetic of the lower portion. A penthouse on the roof allows access to the common rooftop deck, providing residents with greenery and outdoor space, as well as views of the Harbour and Downtown Halifax.