Located between a single-family neighbourhood developed in the sixties and a rapid-transit station site, this multi-residential project demanded a new form of transit-oriented density that is sensitive to these two contrasting urban conditions. A full city-block site, Aperture responds to this “single-family-transitioning-to-urban” context by stepping-down in scale from a 6-storey midrise block on the arterial, down to two-storey villas, sensitive to the single-family neighborhood to the north.
The building blocks are bisected with water gardens and bamboo courtyards that animate volumes with reflective light. The shallow massing results in bright, light-filled residences. Unit mix is much like its diverse neighbourhood, varying from one-bedroom apartments to standalone three-storey villas with direct parking access. Stratigraphic architectural themes echo the area’s mid-century modern architectural vocabulary. Cantilever decks and strong horizontal lines and create a sense of lightness and lower the massing profile.
▼街区于流水花园与竹林小院处一分为二，the building blocks are bisected with water gardens and bamboo courtyard
▼水平线条强调了建筑的轻盈之感，strong horizontal lines create a sense of lightness
Each aperture is framed with natural wood-in-glass; a building skin that is the first of its kind. Two years of R&D resulted in a mahogany veneer encapsulated between two glass layers, the system allows the wood to be preserved in its natural form without staining or color treatment; the richness of the natural wood grain is enhanced through refracted light.
▼独特的天然木材外嵌玻璃立面结构， natural wood-in-glass structure
Encapsulated UV glass protects wood from weather exposure, eliminating the need for wood maintenance and staining. The insulated panel also reduces solar gain and increases the thermal resistance of the façade.
▼UV镜面保护内侧的木结构不受气候的侵袭，encapsulated UV glass protects wood from weather exposure
Façade openings are programmed to provide passive shading, and act like an Aperture: opening and closing in response to the unique solar exposure of each façade. Apertures are deeper on the south elevation to provide increased sun shading, and more shallow and open to the North, to allow for additional light. Building is built to LEED Gold standard, with high-performance HVAC system, low-flow fixtures, high-performance building envelope. Storm water strategy employed in Villa green roofs and rooftop planters.
Aperture provides generous shared open spaces for social interaction, within a traditionally introverted, single-family neighbourhood. The building’s ‘campus-like’ massing creates interstitial social spaces: landscaped courtyards, mid-block water fountain and seating, and a fully-communal rooftop terrace that includes urban agriculture, a children’s play place and BBQ areas where all can share striking rooftop views.
▼怡人的居住环境，the pleasant environment
The project responds to a larger vision of expanding the public transit system and creating walkable synergistic density around station sites. As a result of focus group research by the design team and meetings with community stakeholders, the residential unit mix was designed to fill the specific needs of two distinct demographics, young first-time buyers and down-sizing empty nesters that wished to age-in place in their community. For the young buyers, smaller units were introduced to improve affordability. A generous, fully-public roof space on each building increases the community feel and includes urban agriculture and children’s play places. For the empty nesters, the focus is on mobility and aging in place. These units are slightly larger with fully accessible bathrooms and door widths that facilitate wheel chair access. The lane villa units include power, shaft spaces with floor knock out panels, to accommodate small elevators.
▼公寓厨房内景，interior view of the kitchen
▼底层平面图，the ground floor plan
▼二层平面图，the second floor plan
SIZE 98,000 sq ft (9,108 SM)
ARCHITECT Arno Matis Architecture
DEVELOPER Buffalo Investment Canada
Acoustic Consultant: Brown Strachan
Building Envelope: Spratt Emanual
Construction: Urban One Builders
Concrete: Butler Brothers
Costing Consultant: BTY Group
Code Consultant: LMDG Building Code Consultant
Electrical/Mechanical Engineer: Integral Engineering
Geotechnical Engineer: GeoPacific Consultants
Interior Design: I3 Design
Landscape Architect: Phillips Fervaag Smallenberg
Structural Engineer: Fast & Epp
Sustainability Consultant: Integral Engineering
Traffic Consultant: Bunt & Associates Engineering
Photography: Michael Elkan Photography