Location: Acton, ON
Client: Support House
Architect of Record: Invizij Architects Inc.
Project Team: Emma Cubitt, Nidhi Nanda
Established in 1982, Support House provides, regulated, accredited, client focused personal and residential supports for people with Mental Health and Addiction issues. With this purpose, Support House intends to replace the existing building, with a new building at the site, transitioning from a congregate living model for youth at Maria Street to independent, self-contained residential apartments for a mixed age range of residents. The existing building houses 5 residents, who shall be relocated during construction. The new building will accommodate 12 residents, including the 5 existing residents. Three of these apartments are designed as accessible units as defined by CMHC.
This infill project is located the small town of Acton, Ontario, blocks from the historic Tannery building. The new building attempts to creates a synergy between the prevailing architectural character of the neighbourhood, and contemporary style. Colour palates, the fenestration and the pitched roof take cue from the neighbourhood buildings. The building is designed to achieve energy savings of 35% compared to NECB 2015. Other than the efficiently laid out apartments, the residents have access to common rooms, multipurpose rooms, and a terrace. All these spaces have been designed as accessible spaces. The east side of the site sloping to the ravine, is proposed to be developed as an accessible landscape space. The parking is tastefully tucked under the building overhang.