Master Planning, Residential High Rise, Tall Buildings

River City Neighbourhood Development

Toronto, Canada

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 brought 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 ultimately create over 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 creates a contemporary metropolitan district that serves as a new model of green living.  It is 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 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 29 storey residential tower with an bold form and a desirable address facing Corktown Common Park, Toronto’s newest urban park. (Saucier + Perrotte Architectes / ZAS Architects Inc., in joint venture)

River City Phase 1

River City Phase 2

River City Phase 3


Waterfront Toronto
Urban Capital
Redquartz Developments


900,000 sf



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

Sustainable Features

  • LEED Gold Building
  • LEED Gold Community
  • Carbon Neutral


River City, Phase 1

  • Award of Merit, Residential Architecture – Multi-Unit, AZ Awards of Merit (2015)
  • Award of Excellence, Toronto Urban Design Awards (2015)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Architecture and Design, PUG Awards (2014)
  • Best Building Design-High Rise, BILD Awards (2010)
  • OAA Design Excellence (2017)

River City, Phase 2

  • Material Development & Innovation, Ontario Concrete Awards (2016)
  • OAA Design Excellence (2017)
  • River City, Phase 1 & 2 Design Excellence, Ontario Association of Architects (2017)

River City, Phase 3

  • Best High‐Rise Building Design, Pinnacle Award, BILD Awards (2015)
  • Commended, Tall Buildings, AR MIPIM Future Projects Awards, The Architectural Review (2017)


  • "Riverside Rethink" Alex Bozikovic, Canadian Architect. June 2017 Link
  • A plan to make a tough spot a welcome one” John Bentley Mays, Globe and Mail, Oct. 2010
  • “Our New Blue Edge”, 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