The Petit Quartier is an urban development in the Fleurimont borough of Sherbrooke, which will have 73 mini-houses of 480 ft2 and is expected to begin construction in the spring of 2018. Founded as a co-operative of owners, the neighbourhood has been designed in such a way as to foster collaboration and community while incorporating eco-responsible construction concepts.
The design principle for this project is the pocket neighborhood, developed by the American architect Ross Chapin. This concept, little known in Quebec, offers an alternative to large-scale agglomerations.
Pocket neighborhoods are composed of a few houses — mini-houses or other — that are arranged in clusters around a courtyard, a garden, or a vegetated alley. The streets within these neighbourhoods are generally private, and the clusters of houses are connected by pedestrian pathways. By grouping the parking lots at the entrance of the neighbourhood, it creates a safer, greener and more welcoming environment which are the three principles that are the cornerstones of this urbanism concept.
The infrastructure, urban planning, landscape architecture and environmental departments of The S.M. Group International Inc. participated in the design of plans for this unusual neighbourhood. The Petit Quartier site is 730,000 ft2 and 60% will be kept as ecological compensation and will be transformed into a nature reserve. The portion of land that will house the neighbourhood’s infrastructures will be developed with this same respect for the environment.