The elegant new design will re-introduce the YWCA to the artistic Crown Point neighbourhood. The architectural intent of the project was to be part of the existing neighbourhood, be reflective of Hamilton as a Steel Town and use local manufacturers where possible. A one-storey podium, which has been designed to pay homage to the surrounding contextual fabric, will connect the community programming with the street.
The building is a 50-unit multi-family social housing residence with a Community and Enterprise Centre. The building consists of a one-storey + basement community programming podium and a five-storey residential component. The design also includes multiple outdoor amenity spaces that vary in privacy and program.
YWCA Hamilton provides transformative services in many areas, including housing options for women-led families providing one to three-bedroom rental apartments.
This project redefines the way people think of energy efficient design within the context of providing affordable housing. The building is designed to the Passive House International Standard as it mobilizes YWCA’s core values of providing comfortable, healthy, secure, resilient and safe housing for women. KMAI worked with the client to provide information necessary to secure environmental and energy incentives. Integrated design-value engineering was performed to ensure best overall value.
54,000 sq. ft.
Complete September 2021
Jonathan Kearns, Deborah Byrne, Alice Gibson, Kelly Fisher, Rick Sealey, Peter Ng, Irene Rivera, Natalie Krakovsky, and Esther van Eeden
Canada's Clean50 Top Project 2022, Ontario Concrete Awards 2021
YWCA Hamilton: A women-lead design team, working for a women-lead client.
...notable for its design and execution to Passive House standards, demonstrating how stringent energy-saving principles can be achieved in mixed use buildings.
...will be Canada’s first completed mid-rise “passive house” certified buildings. These structures can achieve up to 90-per-cent reductions in operating costs because they retain and reuse heating and cooling far more effectively than traditionally designed buildings.
Ontario’s largest Passive House complex under construction. Designed to the Passive House Standard this 10-storey residential complex brings much needed affordable housing to the city of Windsor.
At Kearns Mancini Architects Inc. (KMAI), we understand the significance of Passive House design methodology. True sustainability comes from measures and practices we make to limit our impact on the earth, allowing us to live as we do today without continued long-term effects on the planet. We collectively, have been working on Passive House since 2009.