Summer 2017 | M.Arch | Ottawa, CA

{vb}adjective: restorative
1. having the ability to restore health, strength, or a feeling of well-being

Architecture engages our senses, particularly vision, but the blind and visually impaired navigate and understand architecture through their other senses: haptic, olfactory and auditory – the latter of said senses evidently being emphasized within our design. Aterstalla, a seeing-eye dog training facility, focusses on creating restorative and tranquil spaces in juxtaposition to the dense urban context surrounding the site. 

Located centrally within Ottawa’s Centertown fabric, sensorially, the site is littered with urban sounds, smells and activities, making the environment a distracting one for individuals that are hyper sensitive to these occurrences. In response, the design attempts to create a distinction between interior and exterior with regards to one’s auditory experience to transcend the urban condition.

A radial sound reflecting surface was integrated along our circulation system and within our façade as a way finding device.

The façade, as well as the structure of the entire building is designed of Glulam and CLT – an assembly recognized to have restorative and calming effects.

Environmental Restoration and the creation of a beneficial sensorial setting was done via the integration of various pavilions and water landscapes as shown below. There are three types of proposed pavilions each designed to perform a specific auditory function: sound barriers, sound amplifiers, sound mufflers

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Kate Coulthart & Chelsea Jacobs

Awards + Publications

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Nominated for 2018 Faculty Choice Awards

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