Revitalizing a downtown

KITCHENER, Ontario – Toronto-based Quadrangle Architects and developer Andrin Building Group of Brantford, Ont. are redeveloping a downtown block in Kitchener. The $90-million mixed-use development, named Centre Block, is intended to revitalize downtown Kitchener by attracting residents to the downtown core. It will include residential and retail space, a boutique hotel, a restaurant, a publicly accessible landscaped courtyard, public and private parking.

The residential component will consist of two condominium buildings, one 18 storeys and the other 12 storeys. The towers will frame the courtyard space, which contains both private and public park areas. The podium bases of the towers will be used to create green roofs, which will provide a pleasant view and also absorb sunlight, thereby reducing heat build-up from the roofs and the amount of energy required for cooling.

The street front will include retail space, a caf and a gallery. The gallery will feature “living walls” using plants to improve the interior air quality. The overall goal is to develop a LEED-certified project.

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