The Construction Source

THE CONSTRUCTION SOURCE CANADA heat island effect. Among all the sustainable design measures and strategies, Bonnie and Derek still believe passive design measures are among the most valuable. Furthermore, ZO1 is open to responding to the new ideas and the visions of their clients. For example, at the behest of a customer, they are now designing a 30-storey residential tower in Downtown Hamilton, of which the tower is going to be constructed in precast structure. They believe that project could be one of pioneer precast structured highrises in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. ZO1 also embraces urban design principles in each project they work on. The firm’s architecture not only focuses on healthy intensification of the site but also on creating an appropriate built forms and forming positive neighborhood relationships. In the early design and planning stage of a job, they start considering various design options such as creating sufficient separation with neighbour, landscape area, shadow impacts, wind study, use of materials in harmony with neighbourhood character, generating activated street frontage, weather protected overhang for positive pedestrian experience, and massing articulation. Bonnie and Derek believethat good architecture is not defined by how luxurious it is decorated but by how well the building and end users’ living space i into the neighbourhood.