Ottawa’s LeBreton Flats housing to prioritize connectivity, affordability, sustainability

Ottawa’s proposed rental housing community in the Library Parcel within the LeBreton Flats neighbourhood promises a development centred on affordability, sustainability, and transit and communal connectivity. Photo courtesy Dream LeBreton

Ottawa’s upcoming rental housing community promises a development centred on affordability, sustainability, and transit and communal connectivity set in the Library Parcel within the LeBreton Flats neighbourhood.

The design of the project is led by architecture firms KPMB and Perkins&Will, with Two Row Architect and Purpose Building as contributors, and PFS Studio as the landscape architect. EllisDon is the construction manager, and Innovation Seven is the Indigenous engagement consultant. The real estate consortium, Dream LeBreton, a partnership between real estate companies Dream Asset Management and Dream Impact as well as local non-profit MultiFaith Housing Initiative, is behind the project.

Consisting of two towers of 31 and 36 storeys, the housing will provide 601 rental units, 41 per cent of which will be affordable. The affordable units will be earmarked for five target populations in need: Indigenous communities; women and children; immigrants/newcomers; veterans; and adults with cognitive disabilities.

The towers’ façade, designed in collaboration with renowned Canadian artist Margaret Priest, and inspired by the Laurentian Forest and the historical red brick homes in the neighbouring communities, will be cloaked in a vibrant red. With the rise of the towers, the colours will lighten, creating a slender appearance while drawing the eye to the sky.

Taking advantage of the site’s unique location, the towers will be intentionally rotated and offset to one another, ensuring all units benefit from beautiful views of Ottawa’s key landmarks, including Parliament Hill, Gatineau River, Dow’s Lake, and more.

Destined to be a landmark, the Library Parcel signals the expansion of Ottawa’s core towards the west, connecting to the Pimisi LRT station as well as nearby cultural destinations, the Canadian War Museum, and the upcoming central library, Ādisōke. Complementing this intricate connectivity, the buildings’ enhanced streetscape will include commercial, retail, parklets, and community spaces.

Once complete, the project will be operationally net-zero carbon, LEED Gold, and One Planet Living accredited, employing initiatives such as a high-performance building envelope, integrated solar panels, and natural daylight harvesting by virtue of the buildings’ orientation. In addition, natural plantings and non-toxic, regionally sourced materials will be used throughout the design.

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