Downsview Net-Zero


Independent Research Project
Winner, First Runner-up, $7000: Evolve Sustainable Design Competition
B+H Architects & Royal Bank of Canada

Article in the RBC Newsroom

collaborators:
Carleton University, Architecture - Gandhi Habash & Daniel Chapotchkine
University of Ottawa, Electrical Engineering - 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%.

Process


The entirety of this project, from concept to schematic design, was modeled and visualized in Autodesk Revit. Post-production work was completed in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.


Gandhi Habash © 2018