Heritage & Adaptive


Location: Gatineau, Quebec
Associate Architect: Isabelle Bradbury Architectet
Year: 2010

The original buildings, which date from around 1910, are recognized for their heritage value and are representative of the genteel working estates that arose on the outskirts of Canadian cities in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The client wanted the consultant team to rehabilitate the existing stable barn so that a new tenant could occupy the building year round. Challenges included seismic upgrading, the introduction of new mechanical and electrical systems, planning for new washroom facilities, barrier free elevator and mechanical rooms, and the creation of a new high performance building envelope to meet year round heating and cooling needs. Sustainable strategies included eight new operable skylights for daylighting, salvaging and reuse of existing building materials, and geothermal heating and cooling.