Design

Design

Architecture and design can reinforce culture. As a reflection of our story in Nova Scotia, the architecture at Queen’s Marque is contextual and progressive – a modern interpretation of our past.

The design of Queen’s Marque started with marine forms, the grand sweep of a vessel, the graceful bend of a bow, and elevated something utilitarian into something beautiful. An evolution seen in our past and starting to take hold again in our City; the shapes speak to our shipbuilding past, present, and future.

Queen’s Marque is designed as a district. A place to work, to live, to stay, and to play. Although each component is meant to act independently, the overall concept effortlessly tells the same story. The North and South wharf buildings are emblematic of ships docking on the Waterfront. The buildings are adorned in copper and glass and protrude into the Lower Water Street façade, where they support a sandstone bar, as if carrying the cargo of Nova Scotia high above the ground. The floating stone bar, clad in local sandstone, is articulated with a series of projecting and angled ‘chocks’ on either side, providing support and a sense of anchoring.

The rising pier building, “Rise Again”, breaches the Halifax Harbour, extending from below the surface, up out of the ocean. At its apex is the yet to be named and designed “harbour light” art installation – a proud and emblematic piece in which people can enter, climb and interact as part of the glowing installation. The interplay between Rise Again and the reimagined Queen’s Landing – the original slipway descending into the Harbour – pays homage to Nova Scotia’s enduring nautical legacy. Locally sourced or inspired materials, are organized in a way to provide rhythm and story, while also creating a human scale as they define the building’s base, middle and top. At the terminus of George and Prince Streets, building entrances are emphasized with backlit granite glass and art installations within columns, which provide additional support for the floating and cantilevered stone bar overhead.

Public Space

Public Space

The landscape of the district is a reflection of our history and culture. A restrained approach speaks to the quiet confidence of this place. Reclaimed materials from the historical boardwalk and in particular the granite from the original British sea wall, embrace the past in a modern application for public usage. Landscaping for Queen’s Marque is subtle and adaptable, to allow the community to define and use the space themselves.

Queen’s Marque will be surrounded by 75,000 square feet of public space. Three new major public plazas will be built, to be used by anyone visiting, working or living in the area. The landscape design is welcoming and open, and satisfies the needs of a working and active Harbour. We are looking to create a natural space to pause along the boardwalk. Somewhere that will allow reflection along the sea. Somewhere that is for the public.

Democracy of Place

Democracy of Place

The district of Queen’s Marque is for the public. We believe in a democracy of place, where our community embraces and feels a connection with the space. We strive to create a space that fosters these feelings through undifferentiated open areas – places that may be programmed and used by the public in a multitude of ways. Queen’s Marque will allow visitors to rise and fall like the sea by climbing and descending within the space. The site will allow for somber thought and reflection by connecting people with our history.
The design balances the relationship between built form and open public spaces as essential and reciprocal, each informing and responding to the other. The large, central court will provide places for the public to play, learn, reflect or simply be.

Gentle Footprint

Gentle Footprint

Being shaped by Nova Scotia and its people, means Queen’s Marque must have the utmost respect and care for its place. We are guided by ethical design and environmental principals of being beneficial, and not detrimental to the land and sea. We will be putting back in, through sustainable practices and systems, anything we take away, to create a balanced and eco-conscious district – one that will be a national leader in terms of energy efficiency and use. Queen’s Marque is fundamentally designed to be sustainable and healthy, maximizing solar heating during the winter and minimizing summer heat gain by placing the primary buildings on a north/south axis and shading larger glass sections to the west. The primary systems for the district will use chilled beam technology where water is drawn in from the harbour and is circulated throughout Queen’s Marque to panels where induction creates a comfortable environment with no energy required for cooling, and minimal usage for heating through high efficiency heat pumps. This simple system is quiet and clean, enhancing the natural ambiance of the district as opposed to distracting from it. Where necessary, and for supplemental hot water requirements, grey-water may be used to further reduce water consumption.

Leading glass technology, along with high R-Value within building forms, ensures a gentle footprint complex. Lighting systems incorporate LED, and smart technology which require 50% less energy usage than current developments.

Respectful ecological objectives are at the forefront of design, site preparation, and construction. The finished product will be the utmost in environmentally friendly practices, resource conservation and clean technology.