Location: Simcoe, ON
Year of Completion: 2021
Construction Budget: TBD
Architect of Record: Invizij Architects
Formerly a two-storey tavern and rooming house, in recent years The Norfolk Inn had become a neglected place of ill repute of Simcoe’s downtown BIA. Indwell purchased the building with aims to transform it into 32 one-bedroom affordable housing units and ground floor space available for commercial rental, providing a catalyst for change in the heart of downtown.
The existing structure will remain with an entirely new building envelope including walls, triple-glazed windows, and roofing. The entire retrofit of the ground and second floor will be to the Passive House standard, reducing energy my more than 50%.
The original building had a large footprint and in order to bring light into the common spaces in the middle of the ground floor, the design includes a large skylight in the middle of the roof. In order to maximize floor area, some of the units overlook this area along with the living roof. The goal of the design for this building is one of transformation and includes a white grid to indicate the original structure and wood paneling to soften the facades. On the corner is a large artpiece that reflects the barn quilt design common throughout Norfolk County.