Master Planning, Residential High Rise, Tall Buildings

River City Neighbourhood Development

Toronto, Canada

Designed in collaboration with Saucier + Perrotte Architectes, the development of this new residential neighbourhood in the West Don Lands precinct of Toronto marks a significant initiative within the City.  As the first new waterfront neighbourhood, our design and development team intends to bring a unique and bold response to a brownfield, post industrial site that stretches along the Don River.  Comprised of four city blocks, this new neighbourhood will create 900 – 1000 residential units in what will be a green and sustainable community.  In embracing a LEED Gold target of sustainability for this project, the design concept will create a contemporary metropolitan district that serves as a new model of green living.  It will be a neighbourhood where pedestrian friendly streets, exceptional parks and public spaces are linked with an architecture inspired by flow, movement and continuity.  Working within a pre-established built form master plan, these new residential units will range from townhouses, lofts, and condominium units in buildings ranging from five-storey and upwards.  Prominently located at one end of the development will be a 24 storey residential tower with an iconic form and a desirable address facing Don River Park, Toronto’s newest urban park.

Client

Waterfront Toronto
Urban Capital
Redquartz Developments

Size

900,000 sf

Program

Brownfield Regeneration
Mixed Use Neighbourhood
900-1000 Residential Units
Childcare Centre
Structured Parking
Green Roofs and Courts

Sustainable Features

  • LEED Gold Building
  • LEED Gold Community
  • Carbon Neutral

Awards

  • Best Building Design-High Rise, BILD Awards (2010)

Articles

  • A plan to make a tough spot a welcome one” John Bentley Mays, Globe and Mail, Oct 2010
  • “Our New Blue Edge” www.waterfrontoronto.ca, 2010
  • “A new face for West Don Lands” Pat Brennan, Condo Guide, Jan 2010
  • “Toronto’s River City Project: A sober-sided urbanism” John Bentley Mays, Globe and Mail, Jan 2010
  • “River+City+Life Places” Hector Fernando Burga, EDRA/Places Awards with Metropolis Planning, 2009
  • “This is Where it Starts” Ryan Starr, Toronto Star, Oct 2009
  • “River City Condo Roars” Alex Newman, National Post, Oct 2009
  • “A blueprint for new homes on the forgotten shore” Caroline Ireland, Globe and Mail, Oct 2009
  • “Making a Splash” Lisa Van de Ven, National Post, Aug 2009