This week, the team submitted an application for redevelopment of the southwest corner of Yonge & St. Clair (1 St. Clair Avenue West).
More details can be found here at Urban Toronto, but so far the response has been overwhelmingly positive. People seem to appreciate the architecture, the improvements to the public area, as well as how we propose to handle the incorporated carbon in the existing building.
The application proposes to retain the existing 12-storey office building and both expand its floorboards to the west and build new housing on top. In the middle is a common multi-storey recreation area that also performs some pretty cool structural gymnastics with permission from Stephenson Engineering (see rendering above).
This approach created some interesting design challenges for the team. Typically, when you add to an existing building, you want to do something new and not try to copy / baster what is already there. Often it means something more contemporary.
The team of architects at Gensler Toronto tried this approach, but the podium proportions did not feel quite right when we did. So it was decided instead to pay tribute to the architecture of the existing building, and then in a way reinterpret it by playing with scale and other details.
In this way, the original building remains architecturally legible, but the whole podium still sounds like one and its proportions feel much better. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.