A more integrated life between commerce and community.
The colder Northern Alberta climate presents a host of challenges for visionaries who want to achieve net-zero on a commercial scale. In fact, those challenges make the terms “net-zero” and “sustainable” so obscure, that the very topic is almost akin to talking about a flying car.
The Mosaic Centre for Conscious Community and Commerce will be on the corner of 91 Street and Savaryn Drive; the commercial zone of the pioneering residential community of Summerside. The site will be connected to major thoroughfares, transit, walking and biking trails.
Though it seems insurmountable, the team behind the Mosaic Centre believes they have a solution that will make net-zero buildings commonplace ten years from now in the province of Alberta. The team has staged a design-assault, which takes the provision of a high-performance building envelope and stripped-down design. To minimize mechanical and electrical systems, the design serves up heat and power by integrating with the building’s physical environment. The building is oriented to maximize its exposure to atmospheric elements and is designed with public spaces to engage the community.
This 30,000 square foot office building’s biggest splash lies in the fact that it will run as a sustainable net-zero operation. The Mosaic Centre is a response to our societal shift to a more integrated life. A childcare facility, wellness centre, and a restaurant are just some of the proposed amenities that will support work, family, health and play.
The Mosaic Centre will be a hub for small businesses and the residential community of Summerside. It aims to be a gathering place; truly accommodating today’s blurred line between commerce and community.
The first tenants of the building will be the Mosaic Family of Companies and the remaining 10,000 square foot space will be leasable to other like-minded, entrepreneurial businesses.
“The Circle” and “Vertical Square”
Refer to various part of the Mosaic Centre as a series of cogs and gears, creating a landscape of interdependent elements working cohesively. The “vertical square” refers to the use of ramps and platforms that are either dynamic or static depending on their use.
“In Between Public”
Various vertical elements are used in the building, encouraging interaction by the public and collision between various users of the space.
Nine compartments or pieces hover over the landscape, with the curved layout working in contrast against the absolute geometry of the square.
All the elements of a city: industry, amenities, parks, and housing are connected and made interdependent through highly valuable collision space.