Welcome to una|a
Una|a, the acronym of Urban Nation Architects & Associates, is an integrated design studio providing Architecture, Landscape and Interior Design services. We focus our attention on the quality of user experience at scales ranging from a single object to an entire neighbourhood.
Our interest goes to the full diversity of uses in the built environment. We believe all functions offer design opportunities, and we believe relevant design always adds value, making users more anchored, more engaged and more empowered.
We seek to make places that are warm, inclusive, prone to encounter, and nurturing to the communities involved. While we advocate for designs that carry meaning and identity, we feel that identity should range from subtle to demonstrative depending upon function, surroundings, and cultural context.
We always look forward to the next design or construction challenge. If you have an upcoming project, a site that requires redevelopment, or just an early idea that you want to discuss, let us know. We would love to engage in a conversation about it with you!
Meanwhile, we hope you enjoy our website.
WORK IN PROGRESS: New Urban Connections At Pavillion, Be.Circular 2019 Laureate
The CLT addition was recently installed on the roof of Pavillion 7, a former office building that we are currently converting into an affordable housing residence with a childcare facility on the groundfloor for Inclusio.
The mixed-use project participates in the new dynamic fostered by the local urban renewal initiative « contrat de quartier durable Stephenson » led by Renovas. It aims at restoring urban continuities and proudly conveying the neighborhood’s revival to curious onlookers passing on the adjacent train platform. The choice of an expressive pixelated building skin and natural materials proudly expresses the reconquest of this formerly uninspiring urban area by the local community.
The project is laureate of the 2019 Be.Circular edition thanks to its ambitious combination of selective demolition, preservation of the existing concrete structure, on-site and off-site reuse of disassembled building components, upcycling of existing technical installations, use of prefabricated wood-frame and cross-laminated timber components for the new building envelope, eco-friendly interior finishes, and an overall driven low-waste low-emission approach.
Photography: Ioana Pristavu