902 Foul Bay Road - Aryze

902 Foul Bay Road

Located at the junction of Quamichan, Redfern and Foul Bay, the subject site is within the Victoria neighbourhood of Gonzales but adjacent to the District of Oak Bay. 

 

The site was previously occupied by a 1911 heritage house originally designed for Victoria lawyer David S. Tait. Aryze, in conjunction with D’Ambrosio Urbanism and Architecture is proposing 18 affordable ownership townhomes. These homes are proposed as two blocks of townhomes, nested along Foul Bay Road and Redfern. 

Status:
Active Development Application
Architect:
D'Ambrosio Architecture + Urbanism
Landscape Design:
Biophilla Design Collective

Project Vision

Our belief is that every neighbourhood should have architecturally significant, diverse housing types and tenures for all incomes and demographics. This project enables a high quality, densified, compact, walkable lifestyle which is critical to solving our climate and housing crisis all while creating more livable and healthier communities.

Neighbourhood Grain

The housing stock of the area ranges from heritage to bungalows and estate homes. While there is currently little multifamily housing in the area, the Official Community Plan envisions single family homes, duplexes, and townhouses in order to form a neighbourhood of diverse housing and tenures.

Our inspiration for the architectural expression of the project came from the neighbourhood, which has many lovely craftsman era homes. A strong theme of the design is front gabled roof forms, fine textured cladding, either wood lapped siding or shingles.

Site Layout

The proposed homes are arranged in two clusters at the Southwest and Northeast corners of the site. The cluster along Foul Bay Road are stepped in plan to follow the curve of the road. The northwest corner of the site has been kept open to minimize building shadowing onto the neighbours to the North as these are their backyards that share a property line with the proposal. This area holds 16 parking spaces, most of which will be sheltered and screened from view by a green roofed carport.

Landscape Design

We envision a semi-wild landscape of native perennials, grasses, and shrubs; creating an exciting visual contrast with the clean lines of the architecture and enhancing biodiversity within the urban ecosystem.

Foul Bay Road elevation: The group of four is settled into a densely landscaped frontage with the natural topography sloping up to Foul Bay Road, meaning the average grade for this grouping is about 5’ below the level of the roadway.

Redfern Street elevation: Sheltered front porches about 3’ above the ground connect to the sidewalk between screening trees. In addition, the first floor is raised to porch height in order to bring daylight into the basement spaces, that have windows looking onto landscaped lightwells. The roof heights step down to the North, transitioning to be more in keeping with the houses on Hawes Road.

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