PO Box 514, HS1-1660 Hollis Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 2R7
902 429 4100 tel
902 423 3063 fax


Client: United Gulf Developments
Location: Bedford, Nova Scotia, Canada
Value: $20 million
Completion: 2014

910 Bedford Highway, at the intersection of Bedford Highway and Moirs Mill Road, occupies a prominent site in Bedford with unique natural features and views of the Bedford Basin. 

Working with the dramatic topography, this commercial and residential building is built into the site and grows out of its natural context to form a sustainable, terraced architecture with gardens and decks overlooking the ocean. The commercial side of the building faces Bedford Highway, while the residential portion is accessible from a landscaped courtyard. 

The design carefully integrates structural, electrical and mechanical systems enabling this highly site specific architecture to be sustainable, durable and elegant, as well as affordable and efficient. 

Decks and large glazed openings enhance the day lighting and the livability of this vibrant building, as well as connecting it to the street. The sculptural roof projects out to sea while carefully integrating a south-facing solar hot water heating system and rain water collection system for the flushing of toilets. All other roof scapes are landscaped to introduce sustainable and delightful green spaces to the site and to lower the heat island effect within Bedford.

The community gardens at grade and on the rooftops, as well as community rooms throughout the building, provide opportunities for socializing and facilitate more compact living units.

This building encourages a more inclusive urbanism where people can both live and work in a community and reduces reliance on the automobile. The multi-level gardens cascade down the building for the enjoyment of the occupants and surrounding buildings resonating with this leafy suburb while infusing it with a more urban energy.