Students: Sally Abd-Ali and Myriam Rostom
Instructor: Sybil Ann McKenna
Studio: Arch 304
Year/Term: Winter 2020
This building is designed as a recreation centre and kayak club located along the Lachine Canal in St. Henri, Montreal. The proposal includes an interior pool, an exterior soccer field, kayak club, café, multipurpose rooms, and rentable space. The project investigates the residential and industrial character of Saint Henri; and uses the concept of “the alley” to bridge the residential and the industrial parcels on either side of the canal while bringing meaning to the way the intervention is placed in the site’s urban fabric. The project aims to create moments to reignite the conversations from the back alleys by interpreting the naturalistic, individual-driven expansions of built spaces in alleyways on site. Tectonics and negative space explored in human and building scale create links between both sides of the canal to reconcile their different characters.