Benny Farm
Benny Farm
Montréal (Québec), Canada

Master plan for Benny Farm Housing Project
Phases 2 and 3: Gardens and Courtyards for Veterans Housing

Master plan for Benny Farm Housing Project

Developed through a rigorous public consultation process, the Benny Farm master plan calls for the densification of a post-WWII veterans housing complex in Montreal’s Notre-Dame-de-Grâce area. The ten-phase plan conserves the garden-city identity of the original site by preserving existing buildings while interspersing six hundred new housing units. New additions focus on low and moderate-income housing and include cooperative and not-for-profit units, seniors’ residences, and private homes. A recreational centre, community centre, and communal garden are also planned for the area.

Linking the community to its surroundings, a network of promenades ties the paths and semi-private courtyards of Benny Farm to the streets of the neighbourhood. Groves of trees punctuate these promenades, producing a mosaic of textures and colours. The master plan also includes an orchard of 170 ornamental crab apple trees, distributed throughout the site to reflect its agricultural history.

Phases 2 and 3: Gardens and Courtyards for Veterans Housing

The gardens at Benny Farm strive to create an atmosphere of well-being for the community’s two hundred and fifty veterans. Adopting the modernist language of the surrounding structures, the landscape design juxtaposes classic tree-lined promenades and playfully rounded garden beds in an open courtyard that unifies the grounds. Planted borders add colour to tree rows, while mounds of tall grasses and a mix of popular perennials demarcate semi-private areas, where friends can meet and foes can be averted. The gardens contribute to a serene, contemplative atmosphere: plants and trees are chosen for their qualities as individual sculptural elements, and the ground plane becomes a living tableau whose colour and movement render the mood of the wind and weather with each passing season.

 

Client
Canada Lands Corporation

Collaboration
Groupe Séguin Lacasse for the gardens and Saia Barbarese Topouzanov Architects for the master plan

Area
Respectivement 75 000 m2 (18,5 acres) et 4500 m2 (1,1 acres)

Awards

Canadian Society of Landscape Architects
National Merit – In collaboration with Groupe Séguin Lacasse

Year
1997-2009

Status
Built

Categories
Master Plan
Plaza / Garden
Streetscape
Courtyard phase II, Jean-François Vézina, August 2005

Courtyard phase III, CC+A, September 2006

Program-plan, CC+A, 1999
Plan phases II et III, CC+A, 1999
Promenade phases II et III, Denis Farley, Summer 2000
Promenade phases II et III, CC+A, May 2006
Communal gardens, Brian Ypperciel, July 2005
3d, Graph Synergie, May 2006
Master plan, CC+A, September 2003
Process, CC+A, September 2003
Process, CC+A, September 2003
Process, CC+A, September 2003
Process, CC+A, September 2003
Process, CC+A, September 2003