Three existing single-family homes could be replaced with a new townhouse development in Oakridge, according to a development proposal submitted by Fougere Architecture.
Located at 6538 to 6568 Oak Street, the planned low-rise community would consist of four three-storey townhome buildings containing 18 residential units, 19 on-grade parking spaces and basement bicycle storage. The buildings would be arranged in two rows and house four or five units each. The front structures would be three storeys in height and feature stair access to rooftop patios, while the rear buildings are two-and-a-half storeys as they transition to the existing single-family homes to the east.
The project was inspired by the Dutch “woonerf” concept, a word that loosely translates to “living street.” The surrounding walkways, courtyards and public areas would be designed for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians alike. Wide lanes would provide driveway access to the on-grade parking garages, and curb-free pedestrian access to outdoor spaces, including the community garden, play structures and seating areas. The outdoor amenities would be complemented by lush, bird and pollinator-friendly landscaping.
Home designs would boast a minimalist aesthetic characterized by clean lines and a black-and-white colour scheme. The main exterior material is EIFS Stucco, with a rough texture on the ground floor and a smooth texture for the light coloured portions of the building. Geometric frames would animate the front façades and also provide private outdoor spaces. These architectural elements feature Hardie Artisan Siding in a warm brown tone, creating visual interest and contrast.
Another unique and functional design element is the use of sliding aluminum shutters on select balconies and ground patios. These would help enhance privacy while preventing overheating in the summer due to sun exposure.
The project would house a total of 18 family-oriented homes, each with three bedrooms, in-suite storage, a parking stall and rooftop patio. Floorplans range in size from 1,334 square feet to 1,743 square feet, and some homes offer an additional den on the ground floor that can be used as a home office.