Ur­ban Up­date

Five pro­jects putting fresh spins on sea­soned city spa­ces

Designlines - - Urban Update - BY SARA CUN­NING­HAM

“MIS­SIS­SAUGA HAS A UNIQUE LAY­OUT AND ACTS AL­MOST AS A CITY WITH TWO GRIDS. YOU HAVE DUE NORTH AND SOUTH FORM­ING ONE GRID, AND A STREETSCAPE THAT RUNS DI­AG­O­NAL TO THOSE DI­REC­TIONS. OUR TWIST IS MEANT TO SPEAK DI­RECTLY TO BOTH COM­PO­SI­TIONS.” – MANSOOR KAZEROUNI, GLOBAL DI­REC­TOR OF BUILD­INGS AT IBI GROUP

1 NEW HEIGHTS

Mis­sis­sauga’s master-planned M City com­mu­nity is head­ing in a new di­rec­tion: up. Ar­chi­tec­ture firm IBI Group has de­signed what will be­come the tallest build­ing in Mis­sis­sauga for Ur­ban Cap­i­tal Prop­erty Group and Rogers Real Es­tate De­vel­op­ment. Like its sis­ter tow­ers M1 and M2, M3 will cut a slim fig­ure on the city’s sky­line, with zigzag­ging saw­tooth bal­conies reach­ing up 81 storeys to a dra­matic sloped crown. The slanted and stepped top not only com­ple­ments the bal­conies’ black-and-white pat­tern, but cre­ates ter­race units for those liv­ing in the clouds. At the podium level, a wrap­around space for shops and a lin­ear park will an­i­mate the site. MCITYCONDOS.COM; IBIGROUP.COM; URBANCAPITAL.CA

2 HEART OVER HEELS

Land­scape ar­chi­tect Claude Cormier + As­so­ciés’ com­pe­ti­tion win­ning scheme for York Street Park–a new green space set to re­place a spi­ral Gar­diner Ex­press­way off-ramp – in­cludes an il­lu­mi­nated heart sus­pended high above the com­mon. Fol­low­ing in the paw prints of Ber­czy Park (see pg. 87), the Mon­treal firm has de­vised a se­ries of whim­si­cal fol­lies re­flec­tive of a new theme: love. Think heart-shaped re­flect­ing pool and a mir­rored stain­less-steel ar­cade with a crim­son cen­tre. CLAUDECORMIER.COM; WATERFRONTORONTO.CA

3 CHEERS

So you’ve been asked to grab a drink in a 1930s in­cin­er­a­tor known as the “Destruc­tor on Symes Road.” Here’s why you go: Plant Ar­chi­tect Inc. ren­o­vated a por­tion of the R.C. Har­ris legacy build­ing into a space for Junc­tion Craft Brewing, which it shares with The Syme, an events com­pany. And while the build­ing’s brick de­tail­ing and port­hole clerestory win­dows were care­fully re­stored by Jedd Jones Ar­chi­tect, high­light­ing a palimpsest of his­toric ad­di­tions, Plant ush­ered in a gleam­ing brew­ery, tap­room, re­tail space and HQ for Junc­tion Craft that cel­e­brate the build­ing’s present-day in­dus­try. BRANCHPLANT.COM; JUNCTIONCRAFT.COM

4 COM­MU­NITY MINDED

Fa­mous for be­ing the least-used sub­way stop on the

TTC’S metro map, Bes­sar­ion Sta­tion is again mak­ing head­lines. This time, the story takes place above ground. First, Con­cord Park Place, a mas­sive 5,000-unit res­i­den­tial pro­ject, be­gan adding con­dos (and Rocket rid­ers) to a for­mer Cana­dian Tire dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tre. Se­cond, land­scape ar­chi­tect DTAH’S Woodsy Park brought pub­lic art­work and an ice rink here. Most im­pres­sive of all, though, is the Bes­sar­ion Com­mu­nity Cen­tre by mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary de­sign firm MJMA. When com­pleted in late 2021, it will be the largest such fa­cil­ity in Toronto, ac­com­mo­dat­ing recre­ation, aquat­ics, child­care and even a new TPL branch. MJMA.CA; CONCORDPACIFIC.COM

5 START SOME­THING

MARS Dis­cov­ery Dis­trict and its part­ner, the Univer­sity of Toronto, are gear­ing up for a ma­jor ex­pan­sion along the wa­ter­front, not far from Side­walk Labs’ pro­posed Quay­side neigh­bour­hood. The science and tech­nol­ogy in­cu­ba­tor will lease a new 2,229-squareme­tre hub from Menkes De­vel­op­ments and Wa­ter­front Toronto start­ing in 2021, when the new Wa­ter­front In­no­va­tion Cen­tre opens its doors. De­signed by Toronto’s Sweeny&co ar­chi­tects, the an­gu­lar build­ing will fea­ture floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows, high­speed broad­band net­work­ing (fu­elled in part by so­lar power gen­er­ated on site) and large meet­ing spa­ces. SWEENYANDCO.COM; MARSDD.COM; MENKES.COM

“THE PRO­JECT PUTS IN­DUS­TRIAL PRO­CESSES, FROM BREWING TO PACK­AG­ING, SQUARELY IN THE FORE­GROUND… RAW IN­DUS­TRIAL MA­TE­RI­ALS WITH ART DECO EL­E­MENTS LIKE SKYSCRAPING BOT­TLE CHAN­DE­LIERS AND QUINTESSEN­TIAL TALL WIN­DOWS DOM­I­NATE THE IN­TE­RIOR.” – PLANT AR­CHI­TECT INC.

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