Toronto, Ontario (September 29, 2015) – The City of Toronto gave four commercial development projects its 2015 urban design awards, which highlighted projects and practitioners that best benefit the public realm. Ashlar Urban would like to congratulate its clients Hullmark Developments, Woodcliffe Landmark Properties, Freed Developments, Big Rock Brewery, Her Majesty’s Pleasure, Wilbur Mexicana, Regus, Bindia Bistro, and Evolution Food Co on this achievement. Read the original article HERE.
Locations: 118 The Esplanade, 8 Market Street, 10–12 Market Street, 87 Front Street
Developed/owned by: Woodcliffe Landmark Properties
Designed by: Taylor Smyth Architects, Goldsmith Borgal & Co (heritage)
Awarded for: The redevelopment of heritage buildings into a restaurant row demonstrates architecture and public realm “working together thoughtfully and humanely.” The streetscape seamlessly integrates roadway, sidewalk and concealed drainage, and restored facades plus a new addition on the southeast corner create a building collection that serves commercial tenants, residents and visitors “equally well.”
60 Atlantic Avenue
Location: Liberty Village
Developed/owned by: Hullmark Developments
Designed by: Quadrangle Architects, Phil Goldsmith Architects (heritage)
Awarded for: Deemed a “thoughtful example of adaptive reuse,” 60 Atlantic—27.5k SF of open-concept office space and 12.5k SF of retail/restaurant, including a new brew pub—augments a designated heritage building (built in 1898) with a “strong, surprising contemporary intervention.” And a sunken courtyard activates the level below ground and provides an “unusual and pleasant spatial experience.”
Delta Hotel Toronto
Location: 75 Lower Simcoe Street
Developed/owned by: bcIMC, GWL Realty Advisors
Designed by: Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects, Champalimaud Design (interior)
Awarded for: The tower’s “sculpted form” and the “random patterning” of its facade panels are a “pleasing contrast to nearby buildings on the skyline.” The hotel makes a strong contribution to the burgeoning South Core’s public realm, with “uncommonly wide sidewalks” on all sides, “well-detailed patios” for the hotel’s restaurant, and careful handling of driveways and pedestrian entrances.
Location: 560 King Street West
Developed/owned by: Freed Developments
Designed by: CORE Architects
Awarded for: The 12-storey condo is “modernist in its architectural language, but generally respects the existing street wall of 19th-century brick warehouses.” The new building, coupled with a skilfully knitting together of the heritage building, restaurant entrances and the condo’s front door, creates a “strong sense of place.” Wide sidewalks and walkways around the property are welcome additions to an increasingly dense King West.