The Angular Abode
Harris Square Bayview Ave & Eastern Ave Completion: Early 2020 From: $300,000 (38 square metres)
Quick Take: It’s all been building to this. For the final phase of Urban Capital’s River City, Saucier+perrotte Architectes and ZAS took inspiration from the irregular footprint of the area’s last remaining parcel of land – shaped, poetically, by all of the developments that have come before it – to propose a series of pentagonal plates that twist as they rise.
From the Street: The sharp-edged design marries concrete with dark glass and black composite panels for a fusion of rough and refined that evokes some sort of extraterrestrial geological mine. A modern arcade formed between the 13-storey structure’s ground-floor retail and the five-metre-tall columns lining the edge of the mid-rise will provide a sheltered connection between Lawren Harris Square and Underpass Park.
Moving In: Polygonal floor plans are a refreshing break from boxy condo layouts. On the other hand, kitchens will be kept fairly straightforward – probably a relief for anyone worried about fitting a skillet into a diamondshaped drawer. rivercitytoronto.com