RLA Project: Smart House Ottawa

The next time you find yourself in Ottawa’s downtown area, take a moment to visit the Smart Home Ottawa development at Bank and Flora Streets or its nearby Sales Centre at 455 Bank Street. Urban Capital’s micro-condo project, a cooperative effort that includes partners Tamarack Homes and Roderick Lahey Architects, features 151 units that range from 315 to a maximum of 596 square feet.

The development combines the most innovative design and technology components with a desirable location and minimal carbon footprint. The nine storey building, designed by Roderick Lahey Architects, features minimalist space-saving details that incorporate all the comforts you would expect in high-quality, downtown living space: combination washer/dryer unit and space saving appliances (fridge, combination oven/microwave, and dishwasher) that are concealed when not in use, retractable counters, and options for elements like multi-use and transformational furniture pieces – including a pull down murphy-style bed – to maximize space (and might even make Robert Heinlein a bit envious of its ingenuity).

The building was designed to be both smart and green, with energy conscious elements such as energy-efficient windows, lighting, appliances, and ventilation. Those design considerations coupled with its easy-to-access downtown location and on-site bike parking make the Smart House Ottawa concept both innovative and environmentally responsible.

In addition to the in-unit designs, common amenities include a gym, lounge, and a business centre. An on-site lending library allows residents to borrow a ladder, tools, and other everyday items needed to complete simple household projects, once again reducing the need for space and clutter within the units.

The building is slated for completion by summer 2017 but units are already selling quickly. Visit for more information.