Downsview Net-Zero


Gandhi Habash, Daniel Chapotchkine, Peter Fisher, Alexandre Rancourt

The following project was submitted to a national design competition which called for a net-zero energy sports research facility at Downsview Park, Toronto. Our proposal is the result of an interdisciplinary effort by a group of two architecture and two engineering students from Carleton University and the University of Ottawa, respectively.

Situated adjacent to a former airfield, the proposal capitalizes on the site’s unique exposure to natural elements afforded by its vast open space and sparse foliage. The proposal maximizes energy efficiency, optimizes occupant comfort and reduces dependency on both the grid as well as the municipal potable water supply by integrating leading-edge technologies and design strategies in three primary categories; energy efficiency, water efficiency, and design innovation. By doing so, the design offsets its dependency on the grid by 89%.


Gandhi Habash © 2020