A Montreal project from Alexandre Forgues puts a focus on wellbeing after consultation with local citizens
Developer Alexandre Forgues has announced a new 64-unit project in the Verdun district of Montreal, Canada, which puts the focus on wellbeing within contemporary apartments that have been designed following consultation with local people. Origine – Habitation Durable grew out of Forgues’ desire to build a rallying and sustainable project.
It is the result of a consultation process that took place in July 2017 and brought together more than 120 local participants. According to the developer, initiating this dialogue with the citizens of Verdun gave him the opportunity to improve the project while rooting it firmly in the borough.
Just as in previous projects, Forgues was inspired by best practices to contribute to the green densification of Verdun, while eliminating an urban heat island. The choice of pale materials and claddings, the extensive greening of exterior surfaces, and the recovery of rainwater are examples of the efforts made by the developer to build in a more sustainable way.
Developed in a single phase, Origine will offer one- to five-bedroom apartments, as well as two-storey townhouses to adapt to various lifestyles. Inspired by Bauhaus architecture, this six-storey building features an abundance of natural light, and each unit is characterised by optimised space and modular adaptability.
More than 3,000 people are said to have registered an interest in owning a home, with over 50 units already sold
The occupants will benefit from the living architecture created by the hanging gardens and the 20 vertically integrated trees, making Origine an interesting example in terms of the integration of the principles of biophilia. For the occupants and their neighbours, the vast outdoor terraces and the covered spaces will allow everyone to live better, both inside and outside the project. Origine also includes 14,000 sq ft of commercial space available for rent in a prime commercial location.
Forgues has developed a portfolio of living spaces that incorporate innovative ideas about urban ecosystems. He says he wants to break away from the stereotype of his profession and contribute to the wellbeing of the community.
His mission is to build projects that bring together quality architectural design, attention to the host community’s considerations, and innovative environmental practices.
‘I am very pleased to present to the residents of Verdun a project that resonates with them, and that will contribute to the wellbeing of the neighbourhood,’ he says.