offering variety

Diversity is based on a mixed use of housing, commercial and services, as well as varying the residential offer.

How to offer different types of dwellings that adequately meet the different housing needs of local populations ?

Living in areas of mixed uses (houses, workplaces, community services, shops) enhances residents’ choices and possibilities to meet their daily needs, especially when these uses are accessible within a comfortable walking distance.

 

The same goes for having access to a variety of housing types, sizes, tenures (rental, coop, ownership), or aggregation (semi-detached, multi). 

 

WHY IS VARIETY IMPORTANT ? 

  • The current residential offer is undiversified

  • The needs of the local population are varied (Large or small family, hunting practices, single person, etc.)

WHERE ?

The atmosphere of the village for all types of households

Many sites on stable ground can be optimized within or near the center of the village, near existing shops, services, schools and workplaces.

 

Building different types of houses offers more choice for a variety of families, some of them without access to a car. Consolidating an area with mixed uses also ensures the animation and the natural surveillance of the outdoor areas.

Residential area near existing services

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House orientation that fit to the topography

Footbridge to preserve pedestrian and motorized crossings

Walking trails

New utilidor system using gravity

New construction methods on piles (with less pads)

Shared parking 

New kindergarten near the houses

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architecture projects credits : a. morency, a.morin, 2017

Platform above the utilidor that gives access to the houses

Utilidor system using gravity

Pile foundations

Stable ground

New house models

La maison nordique

by a.morin

La maison comme un voyage

by a.morency