Nicholson Sheffield Architects Inc.

358 Talbot Street

London, Ontario

N6A 2R6

T. 519.673.1190

Jim Sheffield

Gerald Gallacher

Walter Derhak

John Nicholson

Residenza Italia

London, Ontario

Residenza Italia is a not-for-profit seniors’ housing project, built on a sloped site on Hamilton Road in London. The project was designed to provide 52 units of affordable seniors housing, to those “who enjoy celebrating Italian traditions and culture within the context of Canadian society.”

The project’s three-storey entry block gives way to a five-storey building, stepping down the slope of the site from the road. The upper entry allows postal service and accessibility to the nearby bus stop. The building’s main entry is mid-way down the hill, allowing vehicular access for drop-off and deliveries. Parking and service access is located at the lower part of the building and hidden from the road.



Within the building, interior corridors and stairwells all have significant glazing for way-finding, brightness, and view. A number of indoor and outdoor common areas are located in naturally-visible public spaces, with views out towards the nearby river valley.

The building is clad in brick and metal panels that define individual apartments within the massing of the larger building. Stairs, wells, and hallways punctuate the building with glass that allows for view, transparency, and light.   

This project has been recognized with a City of London Urban Design Award and a Don Smith Commercial Building Award for Excellence