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March 23, 2016
As a special feature in response to public discussion about what to do with 24 Sussex; Ottawa Magazine invited three Ottawa architecture and design firms (Christopher Simmonds was one of the three) to imagine a new residence for the Prime Minister. The full article is available in their Spring 2016 edition, our proposed design can be found here.
Living Space: ground floor 7,050 square feet, basement 6,350 square feet.
Cost: $3.877 million, not including extraordinary security measures.
Materials: Canadian elements predominate. The dramatic roofline is clad in long-lasting zinc and faced on the underside with torrefied ash. The limestone base is re-dressed stone from the original building.
Environment: The roof projects to the south and folds along the west side to increase shading, ground-source heat pump for heating/cooling, triple glazing in windows, possible thin-film solar cells on metal roof.
(Designed by Samantha Schneider, with team members Kayla Spruit & Emily Brett)