Author: Tim Schmidt


Studio: ARCS 3105 – Studio 3

Professor: Johan Voordouw

Year: Fall 2020

Project Description

A contemporary solution was taken to rejuvenate the function of the Southminster Church: a night club. Located on Bank Street in Old Ottawa South, the church is in a neighborhood full of students and night life seekers who need to travel to the distant Byward Market for a night on the town. The club provides a local option that celebrates the existing architecture while reinventing the identity of the church in a new secular reality.

A simple addition is proposed that relies on minimal removal of the heritage structure. The massing is informed by existing spatial elements; rather expressing itself in it’s color, materiality, and organic shape. Two openings are added, a general entrance which faces Bank St. to retain the privacy of the residential street, and a large outlook that engages with the canal and the skyline of Lansdown.