The Paisley City Roller Mills is a historical 19th century mill located on the outskirts of Paisley Ontario, on Bruce County Rd 1 alongside the Teeswater River. Part of the building has been converted into a 2-storey single unit home, and there is a proposal to convert the main building into a 5-storey apartment.
This proposal is for an additional conversion of the mill’s drive room into a 4-storey specialized community centre. The facility will consist of a nursing centre for the local aging population, and a rest-stop for the Bruce County Snowmobile Trail that crosses the river nearby. The feature space is a rec room and cafe on the 3rd floor with overlooking views of the nearby area.
In order to preserve as much of the existing style of the mill building as possible, the proposal will replace the primary structural elements with steel beams and decks on top of the existing foundation. The existing walls will be insulated and given extra frames behind them in order to reach Passive House standards. The thermal layers include: EPS rigid insulation, followed by high-density cellulose insulation, and an additional frame with batt insulation inbetween. The total expected R-value for the assembly is around R-40. The existing roof will have a floor frame underneath in order to create a mechanical space attic for the building. Between the roof and the ceiling over the third floor, the total expected R-value for the assemblies is around R-60.
In order to meet the needs of the aging community in a village about to undergo significant growth, the proposed project is a small specialized care facility for the elderly, that additionally serves as a rest-stop for the nearby Bruce County Trail for those using it to cross the region. The proposal reuses the existing profile and conditions as much as possible, expanding bays in order to meet spatial needs, and a new front facade that points towards the community and important views from the upper levels.
The site of the Paisley Mill is located along the river on the edge of town off an arterial road serving the area.
The ground floor primarily serves as administration and access from the trail and river. The primary entrance is faced away from the entry for the proposed apartments in order to segregate functions.
The second floor is the health care level, consisting of physician offices and a care room with a large view towards the river. The third level serves as a recreation room and main gathering and waiting space for visitors. Building services are to be located in the proposed attic space under the existing roof structure.
The proposed programs aims to support the subsequently proposed apartment conversion.
Louie Ryu has an extensive school and work history in the architecture field. Working for various firms in both Canada and the US.