St. Charles

St. Charles Church, recognized by the city of Ottawa as the most important landmark on Beechwood Avenue, is now offered for sale and faces potential destruction in order to make way for new development. Its steeple is visible from blocks away along the winding avenue. The property on which it sits is bounded by four roads and is uniquely long and shallow.

Proposed are five new buildings, complementary to the character of both the existing church and site, yet distinct in their function as contemporary homes for urban dwellers. The master plan seeks to re-integrate the church into the community with the energy of newer generations, in its memory honoring the area’s heritage, a symbol of the francophone presence in Vanier.

Design Intent

Creating a living environment within a highly constrained site by manipulating the topography along the north-south and east-west axes.

Gandhi Habash © 2020