living, making

Griffintown is undergoing an intense transformation from an industrial district to residential district, but the urban plan reveals a lack of public amenities and services that foster healthy communities. The scheme hence proposed a hybrid complex that contains a number of housing, work spaces, and public facilities for the developing district.

The site is situated within two important grids in Montreal: the city grid and historic Griffintown grid that aligned perpendicularly to Lachine Canal. While the design orients building structures along the city grid, the continuous pathway is oriented along the historic grid. The result is a constant awareness of the co-existence of two grids for users along the public circulation, and straight views towards the canal.

An intricate pathway that starts from street level continuously to roof-top is carefully designed for circulations both within each program and between adjacent programs. The pathway also provides opportunities for social interactions and places where people share, learn, and grow as individuals and as a community.

(a mixed-use development in Griffintown, Montreal. instructed by David Theodore, 2015 fall)