MAKAN [the place] is an antidote to the sprawl of fragmented housing communities and the social isolation of high-rise living. Large scale residential projects can detach neighbours and limit participation in public spaces. Worse, the rapid pace of profit-driven development hinders comprehensive implementation of ecological and sustainable solutions.
MAKAN showcases density smart, community oriented, modern architecture, with a low ecological footprint. Adopting a holistic approach that brings style, strength and sustainability to the development process. The architects took an expansive approach, designing spaces not only for the flow of people, but integrated systems of both ecology and economy to optimize the flow of resources – heat, energy, waste and water.
MAKAN is an exclusive collection of 4 elegant condominiums with porch gardens, and 4 stunning penthouse lofts with incredible views. Each suite is framed by wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling moveable glass walls that seamlessly merge the interior with the outdoors. Minimally-framed sliding glass doors encourage natural illumination and ventilation, yet are maximally engineered to sequester extreme weather. A communal rooftop terrace is an urban sanctuary for residents to immerse in luxurious comforts. Whether taking in the panoramic views of the Niagara Gorge or submerged in the 54 foot lap pool, MAKAN is the place to be.
Developing condominiums not to meet expectations
But to change them
Density Smart Condominium Development
Building a dream house is an expensive path to home ownership. Density smart architecture offers desirable living spaces within a socially integrated community. Today’s home buyers demand optimization and integration of all building systems. They are sensitive to the local and global environment, not vague market pressures driven by short-sighted investors.
High Performance Building
We adopted a holistic approach to the development process, with attention to principles of accessibility, aesthetics, functionality, sustainability, health and safety. High-performance buildings are designed and operated to meet the highest standards for energy and water usage, system reliability, environmental compliance, occupant comfort and productivity. Good design prioritizes operational and maintenance efficiencies over decades-long occupancy life, where energy performance more than offsets the capital costs of ownership. MAKAN is a Zero Carbon Building that produces onsite carbon-free renewable energy sufficient to offset the annual carbon emissions associated with building materials and operations.
The shifting demographic seeks walkable access to transit, parks and schools; proximity to work, shopping and entertainment in an urban setting. Young professionals, working families and retirees all desire interpersonal interactions, for a sense of belonging and happiness. A low density development in the centre of the city, juxtaposed to natural wonders, is not just a commodity, it adds to the fabric of the neighbourhood. By recruiting more than the basic elements of a building, we removed the barriers of isolation inherent to large scale developments, to enhance liveability within an integrated community. We also incorporated open floor plans with 2 to 4 bedroom units, large enough for families to thrive, and neighbours to connect.