It's not often that London, Ontario is the London that's making noise on the world stage, but thanks to an innovative development planned for the city, it's now garnering international attention.
Last month, CNN named EVE Park, an under-construction townhouse community along London's Linkway Boulevard, as one of 10 examples of architecture set to shape the world in 2024. The southern Ontario build is joined by the likes of a stunning vertical forest in Nanjing, China, a re-configured waterfront grain silo in Kristiansand, Norway, and the Grand Palais restoration in Paris, France, so it's safe to say EVE Park is among a rather elite group.
For those not familiar with EVE Park — and you should be, as it's really quite impressive — it's set to be an all-electric, net-zero community comprised of four tiered circular buildings, ranging from one to five storeys. The roofs of each building are covered in solar panels and the entire community will be powered by a micro-grid, collectively owned by residents through the condo corporation.
Every design detail is environmentally forward, from the triple-paned glass windows to smart showers to energy-efficient appliances. And, as to be expected, the development will be a haven for electric vehicles, but what you won't see here are driveways or a parking lot. Each of the four buildings has an EV-infrastructure-equipped automated parking tower that lifts cars up for vertical storage, reducing the project's parking footprint considerably. In fact, each tower is about the width of a two-car garage but can store 14 vehicles.
For residents who don't have a car of their own, or need access to an extra, there will be an electric car-share program available onsite.
Two of the four buildings are nearing completion, with some residents having already taken possession of their units. Phase two is expected to be underway in the coming months, with sales launching soon, according to the development's website.
Designed by Gensler for developer s2e Technologies, the entire development, once complete, will house 84 homes, ranging from one to three bedrooms in size.
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