Centre Village Winnipeg Housing

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Centre Village Winnipeg Housing

Centre Village Manitoba – design by 5468796 Architecture Inc, Canada

5 Jan 2016

Centre Village Winnipeg Social Housing

Design: 5468796 Architecture Inc with Cohlmeyer Architecture Ltd

Location: Manitoba, Canada

Winnipeg Social Housing

Crime in the community: when ‘designer’ social housing goes wrong

A report in The Guardian

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How did innovative Winnipeg social housing, designed by one of Canada’s most talked about architecture firms, become a haven for drink and drugs? The homes are apparently “cramped and unsuitable”. However this is one of Canada’s poorest and most densely populated urban areas so surely it is not too surprising problems have emerged?

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“The window blinds, for example, are closed on the windows that face into the courtyard. Litter is scattered across the ground. Speak to residents, and a new picture emerges: of apartments poorly suited to family life, and a building structure that seems to act as a magnet for drinking and drug-taking at all hours.”

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Website: Winnipeg Social Housing Crime Issues – The Guardian article, 4th January 2016

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Design: 5468796 Architecture Inc with Cohlmeyer Architecture Ltd

Manitoba, Canada

Centre Village

Centre Village is a 25-unit housing co-op located on a small infill lot in Winnipeg’s Central Park neighbourhood. The project strives to create a true community – a housing village – within modest means. From its outset, the development faced a considerable list of mediating factors, including a compressed lot size, low budget, major vehicular adjacency and nearby derelict housing.

The final design is based on simple, 8’ x 12’ modules organized on a central spine or “bar”. The sizes of all rooms are based on European standards, compressing the North American norm while still producing livable space and ultimately allowing the site density required by the business plan. Occasionally, the base module is replaced by a larger 14’ x 12’ unit that cantilevers off the main spine to expand the master bedroom and living room. All upper units have their own rooftop patio, and any second-storey units are accessed by exterior staircases.

While the housing units are small, the 8’ band allows each unit to have views in multiple orientations, as well as cross-ventilation. A vibrant orange colour – used to define the ceiling plane and reflect light indoors – is punched out of the building through custom-welded aluminum window cowlings, which mark the transition between interior and exterior through the glazing threshold. A typical unit has eight or more windows, liberally scattered throughout to help mediate the smaller internal areas and extend the perceived living space outdoors.

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The mixture of standardized modules creates richness and variability on the site, generating a seemingly unorganized, yet carefully considered composition of small one, two, three and even four bedroom homes that allow for families to transition from high-rise apartments into the development. These bars of housing are arranged around two inner collective spaces – a landscaped courtyard and an internal streetscape. Every unit has a private entrance from one of these shared spaces, provided to foster individuality as well as connectivity to the larger community of occupants. The common spaces are then connected to the broader neighborhood, plugging into the existing pedestrian culture to encourage interaction and dialogue.

Centre Village – Building Information

Architect: 5468796 Architecture Inc. [with Cohlmeyer Architecture Ltd.]
Client: CentreVenture Development Corporation
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Project Area: 15,000 sqft (25 units)
Project Year: 2010
Budget: $2.5M
Photographs: 5468796 Architecture Inc.

Project Manager: Hold Zone Inc.
Structural Engineer: Lavergne Draward & Associates
Civil Engineer: MEC Consulting
Landscape Design: Cynthia Cohlmeyer

Centre Village Winnipeg information from 5468796 Architecture Inc

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