Ti'nu Affordable Housing
Client Parks Canada
Location Banff National Park | Alberta | Canada
Located near the southern edge of the Town of Banff, the Ti’nu Affordable Housing project brings much needed housing to this destination mountain town. O2 was invited to join GEC Architecture’s winning competition entry to help nestle the buildings into fabric of the Town and the landscape of the Banff National Park.
The project consists of three blocks of apartments organized around a central courtyard and five A-Frame cabins that stagger up a steep adjacent slope. The main goal of the project is to create a home that feels like it is a part of the Banff community but also provides a sense of community within the development itself. The courtyard provides generous spaces for socializing around a communal fire pit with native planting that ground the space in the broader context of the national park. A central plaza connects the buildings with small gathering spaces woven through private terraces and planting creating multiple types of experiences. The A-Frame cabins are nestled into the slope, minimizing disruption to the site and creating an experience of living within the landscape.
O2’s approach to the landscape has been to settle the project eloquently within the site, to make it feel as though it has always been there, surrounded by the lodgepole pine forest. Native plants, stone, and wood comprise a simple palette of materials for efficiency and durability, as well as contributing to the developments sense of place.