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.)
Everywhere in the village
In particular, sectors close to ‘‘attractive’’ community facilities (school, shops, workplaces, etc.)
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
House orientation that fit to the topography
Footbridge to preserve pedestrian and motorized crossings
New utilidor system using gravity
New construction methods on piles (with less pads)
New kindergarten near the houses
architecture projects credits : a. morency, a.morin, 2017
Platform above the utilidor that gives access to the houses
Utilidor system using gravity
New house models
La maison nordique
La maison comme un voyage