Earlier this month Montreal-based developer DevMcGill officially announced Arthaus Condominiums as the residential component of the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) and Arts Court redevelopment in downtown Ottawa.


The project, which was approved for capital funding in 2013, is a joint venture between the City of Ottawa, DevMcGill, The Ottawa Art Gallery, Group Germain and the University of Ottawa.


“We’re extremely proud to join such outstanding partners at Arts Court with the development of Arthaus Condominiums,” said DevMcGill President Stéphane Côte. “This is a truly innovative development which will add to the transformation of the Byward Market area, one of the most desirable neighbourhoods in Canada.”


Arthaus marks DevMcGill’s first foray into the Ontario residential market after almost 20 years of building in Montreal. To bring the project to reality, the developer has partnered with Régis Côté, Barry Padolsky Associates Inc./KPMB Architects, Toronto-based interior design firm UNION31 and TradeUp Real Estate.


When complete, the 23-storey tower will house Ottawa’s first Le Germain Hotel on the lower floors with the private residences occupying floors 15 and above.

“The majority of the suites will have unobstructed and incomparable views of the city on three facades,” said Côté. “The suites are well-designed with fluid and flexible open concept floorplans to ensure efficiency in everyday living, and feature ultra-modern architecture with sleek, clean and minimalist lines along with the finest features and finishes.”


In addition to the residential condos and Le Germain Hotel, the plan will ultimately see the expansion of the OAG and Arts Court onto vacant City-owned land on the corner of Daly Avenue and Waller Street, along with a 64,000 square feet theatre operated by the University of Ottawa.


“Ottawa may be the capital of Canada but it is also a city with its own regional history, arts and cultural vibe,” said Alexandra Badzak, Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Ottawa Art Gallery. “The Ottawa Art Gallery will become a central landmark that will afford the gallery the opportunity to truly take up the mantle as a leader in the arts community.”

The redeveloped space will also include a 250-seat multi-purpose and film screening room, as well as a new 120-seat theatre and four classrooms for the University of Ottawa.


“This ambitious redevelopment by the city and its partners is an exciting community project which the University of Ottawa is proud to be a part of,’’ said Allan Rock, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ottawa. “Just minutes from our campus and located in the heart of downtown, the new Arts Court will provide our students and faculty with access to state-of-the-art theatre facilities integral to cultivating an innovative and creative educational experience.”


Construction on the site commenced last summer and crews have already blasted through 30,000 metric tons of rock in their excavation of the underground parking garage. Blasting will continue through November with the first concrete pour expected in December.

The gallery expansion is expected to be completed by 2017, just in time for the city’s celebration of the 150th anniversary of Confederation.


“It’s very exciting for us in the City of Ottawa,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “Arts Court, the new light rail transit system, the redevelopment of Rideau Street, along with the massive private sector investment in the Rideau Centre, will all culminate in 2017-18 with some very exciting plans for the 150th anniversary of Confederation.”

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