The Mod­ern Mar­ket­place

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West Mar­ket Ster­ling Rd & Bloor St W Com­ple­tion: Oc­to­ber 2020 From: $379,000 (49 square me­tres) Quick Take: Tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from the an­nual sum­mer night fes­ti­val hosted on Ster­ling Road by The Stop Com­mu­nity Food Cen­tre, this 15-storey project by Castle­point Numa (with Grey­brook Realty Part­ners) will pro­vide a home for a more per­ma­nent mar­ket­place.

From the Street: To re­flect the bounty of fresh greens on of­fer at ground level, TACT Ar­chi­tec­ture’s scheme pro­poses sev­eral green­ery-filled, wood-clad voids lo­cated mid-way up the build­ing. One punches out three floors of suites to cre­ate a small for­est of trees, grow­ing among con­crete col­umns that prop up the ad­di­tional units above. Along with the grassy pub­lic space planted to the south of the tower’s base, these ac­cents will bring a re­fresh­ing hit of veg­e­ta­tion to the re­claimed brown­field site.

Mov­ing In: In­te­ri­ors by Jules Valen­tine em­brace such clas­sic ma­te­ri­als as porce­lain tile and quartz, with en­gi­neered wood floors, for a clean, Scandi-style feel. Plus, it’s hard to ask for bet­ter neigh­bours. The de­vel­op­ment is ris­ing in what’s quickly be­com­ing Toronto’s most hap­pen­ing lo­cale, around the cor­ner from the Museum of Con­tem­po­rary Art’s new home, plus Hen­der­son Brew­ing Com­pany and Drake Com­mis­sary. castle­point­numa.com, grey­brook.com

“Res­i­den­tial suites on the eastern side had to be raised a min­i­mum dis­tance from the rail­way line, which cre­ated an op­por­tu­nity to add a dra­matic three-storey out­door space.” - Pr­ishram Jain, Head Ar­chi­tect, TACT Ar­chi­tec­ture

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