THE ARCHITECT: Design should pay tribute to location

THE ARCHITECT: Design should pay tribute to location

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THE ARCHITECT: Design should pay tribute to location

by Adrian Mauro
Chamberlain Architect Services

When it comes to designing buildings, architects need to balance numerous considerations, as well as the client’s vision and budget.

When it comes to designing buildings, architects need to balance numerous considerations such as form, function, aesthetics, site conditions and government requirements, as well as the client’s vision and budget.

When residences are built on the Ontario waterfront, conservation and environmental authorities take on enhanced roles in controlling the design and site works of the project. An example is Stone & South on the River in Gananoque, CaraCo Development’s community of residences on the St. Lawrence River.

These lovely homes are ideal for water lovers, so maximizing views of and access to the river were of paramount importance to the design.

As for aesthetics, CaraCo wanted to pay tribute to the area’s historical context, which includes the Thousand Islands Playhouse next door to the site. For this condominium to fit in seamlessly with its surroundings, we used brick and stone in complimentary colours such as terra cotta, taupe, brown and other earth tones. We call it quasi-transitional, with large windows, some with arched tops, numerous mullion treatments and a sloped roof. The look is more classic than contemporary, which speaks to the area’s existing architectural style.

An attractive component of this development is that the setback from the water opens up an extensive outdoor space where residents can walk their dogs, enjoy the views, or stroll to the marina. There is a public waterfront walkway that connects to the Town of Gananoque’s walking trails as well. Other features of the Stone & South include a grand lobby, an inviting social room with a kitchen, a fitness centre and ample parking.

Having obtained this unique waterfront locale, it all began with CaraCo’s vision of the kind of residences they want to provide for their clients. Our job as their architect was to translate that vision into a beautiful reality.

Adrian Mauro is president of Chamberlain Architect Services.

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