Saint-Charles Market
Ottawa

Saint-Charles Market is a development project with the aim to reimagine the purpose of the church building and add density to its surrounding property while paying respect to the building that stands at the development’s heart.

Starry Night Wall

Starry Night Wall

This magical wall surrounds the inner courtyard of SCM and is illuminated at nighttime with windows and backlit glazing, creating a dynamic backdrop for the church building.

Views from the balcony

Terracotta Tiles

The new building is clad in durable terracotta panels whose colour and textures are reminiscent of the heritage church brick facade.

Reinvigorating Main St.

Reinvigorating Main St.

Inspired by the history and culture of the surrounding neighbourhood, SCM is designed to harmonize with a dynamic streetscape.

Design Insight - Horizontal Homes

The development includes 54 condominiums conceived as single storey “horizontal homes” designed to be just as comfortable and spacious as single-family dwellings.

Lobby with terrazzo flooring and exposed concrete elevator bay
"We are happy to see the protection of the church and new activation for the main street.”
City Councillor, Mathieu Fleury
Puzzle Parking

Puzzle Parking

Only the second such system to be installed in Ottawa, it provides efficient parking for the development with very limited excavation needed.

Custom Objects

We designed a series of objects for the residences at SCM, at times repurposing materials from the church or taking inspiration from the building itself.

Entry Bench

Entry Bench

This reclaimed pew features an original end piece on one side and a detailed brass bracket on the other.

It's a conversation piece meant to connect people back to the church, its history and demonstrate the synergies between the old and the new.

Chef's Island

Chef's Island

With entertaining in mind, this chef inspired island wrap makes meal preparation and plating a social event.

Bar Pew

Bar Pew

Repurposing the original pews from the church, this elevated version creates bar top seating in the kitchen.

Creative Nook

Creative Nook

This multi purpose metal desk and shelf are custom crafted from powder coated metal with a wood top.

To be used as an office, library or media nook or a place to store and read cookbooks.

Garden Planter

Garden Planter

This planter is made from powder coated metal and transforms a balcony into a functional and private growing space. For herb gardens, vegetables or flowering plants.

Wood Screen Wall

Wood Screen Wall

This object is fixed to the floor and adds texture and warmth to the space.

It's a furniture piece that provides privacy using angled wood slats allowing residents to divide space functionally and beautifully.

Project Fun Facts

1908
The year the original wood-clad church was built
158,000
Total square footage of the project
11,000
Members of the secret society "Ordre de Jacques Cartier" which was founded at the church in 1926.
54
Total number of units in the new development

Collaborators

Project/Construction Manager: The Lake Partnership

Developer: Modbox

Millworker: Irpinia

Renderings: Hallett Visual

Photography: Justin Van Leeuwan