City unveils design submissions for central Edmonton infill project

The City of Edmonton has unveiled 25 submissions for an infill design competition, with the winner to be awarded the opportunity to buy the lot and build their design.

Winner will get the opportunity to purchase the site and build their design

One of the submission to the City of Edmonton infill design competition features senior co-housing, student rooms and a montessori school. (Supplied/City of Edmonton)

The City of Edmonton has unveiled 25 submissions for a design competition to build an infill project on a city-owned site near Kingsway Mall.

The competition received submissions from across Canada and from London, England from companies that want to design multi-unit homes on a site along 112th Avenue and 106th Street on property the city owns.

The competition asked designers and architects to focus on the "missing middle," which refers to housing that falls between single detached homes and high-rise apartment buildings. Examples include row housing, walk-up apartment buildings, triplexes and fourplexes.

Such projects are referred to as "missing" because they are harder to find in urban Canadian cities.

The winner will be announced on May 29, and will be rewarded with the opportunity to buy the property and build their design, as long as it passes rezoning approval.

A submission titled Bricolage, a French term meaning "do-it-yourself" features row housing. (Supplied/City of Edmonton)

The site in the Spruce Avenue neighbourhood was chosen for its proximity to an LRT station and because it is in a mature neighbourhood. The property is one the city is looking to off-load.

A national jury of five architects, planners and critics are in Edmonton to speak about the designs and attend a panel discussion at city hall Thursday evening.

Gene Dub, founder of Dub Architects, is one of two Edmonton-based jurors. He's been impressed with the submissions.

"I think most of the designs were very practical," Dub said. "I think these are going to be examples that will really help us in looking at alternatives in the future. And I think for that reason, this competition is very valid."

Five national jurors of a City of Edmonton infill design competition were on hand at Epcor Tower to speak about the project. (Travis McEwan/CBC)

Alex Bozikovic, a Toronto-based architecture critic and columnist, is one of the judges.

The winning design should create buildings that bring many people into the neighbourhood and include public and private spaces that are attractive, he said.


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