Three monolithic, 1970s-era residential towers and a parking structure are the focus of the revitalization. The initial goal was to refurbish the infrastructure and waterproofing conditions throughout the desolate, disconnected block on Brunswick Street next to Citadel Hill.
HOK’s team identified the opportunity to connect Brunswick Street with the urban center, creating a lively, mixed-use neighborhood. The design concept punches into the base of the buildings with a new street-level podium, providing dynamic new frontages for retail and commercial opportunities. This simple intervention transforms the street into a vibrant, walkable neighborhood gathering place.
This new streetscape creates consistent visual interest and engagement along Brunswick Street while capitalizing on scenic views of the 17th-century Citadel Hill and historic harbor. A sky walk to a mid-block crossing point enhances the pedestrian experience and connects the revitalized neighborhood to downtown.
HOK’s long-term master plan includes partial replacement of parallel parking with pedestrian-scaled street trees and plantings that offer comfortable microclimatic conditions for all seasons.
One city block
Halifax Urban Design Awards
Award of Merit for Civic Design
5 October 2015
“New Fly-Through Video for HOK’s Halifax Streetscape Revitalization.”