The Z6 condo under construction at the corner of Balsam and Booth is finally showing some signs of its final look. The picture above shows the brickwork on the Balsam side. It is considerably less-detailed than promised in the advertising picture, but that’s just quibbling. The building is a breath of fresh air on Booth Street and in the centre of the neighborhood which dearly needs a shot in the arm, a visible testimony that someone has faith in the community’s future. The remaining yellow panels will be clad in various metal sidings.
The building appears to have an interesting mix of very large and “regular sized” (you know, 4’x10′) balconies. The second and fourth floor units have large roof terraces as they are set back from the floors below. The ground floor back apartment also has a really generous terrace overlooking the sedum-planted green roof. Several ledges around the building also have green roof plantings and there is a rainfall runoff control system to avoid rainfall surges to the sewers.
This shows the “stonework” around the foundation and the front entrance.
I read a lot of criticisms that Ottawa condos are too bland, products of inferior architects. This infill condo is not bland: round corner, multiple setbacks, brick & metal and “stone”, huge variety of unit sizes and layouts. It would be sorta nice to know what we should aspire to so if readers could send in pic of what a good infill condo apt bldg should look like I’ll post a collection of them … and send in your suggestions for the blandest infill condos (here in Ottawa) and I’ll feature them too.