In 2016, the Town of Banff issued a Request for Proposals for an affordable housing project designed to address the Town’s severe shortage of short-term rental accommodation. In partnership with Scott Construction, Hindle Architects was short listed from a group of 22 submissions to compete in a six week design competition organized by the Town of Banff.
The 1.2 acre triangular site is located between an existing residential lane to the north and the base of Tunnel Mountain to the south. The development parcel straddles a dense forest of lodge pole pines which offers texture, filtered sunlight and framed views of the surrounding Rocky Mountains.
In response the unique physical qualities of the site, Hindle Architects’ proposed design featured a primary building mass that ran adjacent to the existing lane. This orientation reduced the impact of construction on the mountain’s natural landscape, while creating a new residential streetscape along Deer Lane.
The scheme’s 95 proposed units and support spaces were organized into a series of four independent structures, each linked by a glazed walkway and shared entrance. The four structures were united by a simple gabled roof, punctuated by a series of tall dormers that reflected the vernacular architecture of the National Park.
CLIENT: Town of Banff
STATUS: (Competition) Complete
LOCATION: Town of Banff
PROGRAM AREA: 65,000 sf
CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT: Scott Construction
Unit Taxonomy Diagram
Typical Residential Section