We just finished our Lowther Apartments project in downtown Toronto. Built in 1908, this three-storey apartment building needed extensive renovations to its two lower-floor apartments which had remained unused for several decades.
The new two-bedroom units feature modern open-concept kitchens, dining and living room areas, individual walkouts, and an area for bike-locking storage. The layout follows the traditional layout of the apartments above, with some modifications made to suit the utility spaces in the basement. Traditional elements such as shaker-style doors, tall baseboards, and trim details were reintroduced to complement the heritage of the building.
Despite being at the lower level, the new apartments bring in lots of natural light, with many large windows framing beautiful views of the trees outside.
Photos by Steven Evans
We’ve almost finished installing the weathering steel pavilions at the East Point Park Bird Sanctuary in Toronto.
The main pavilion, known as the Viewing Pavilion, will serve as the main gathering space and lookout with views to Lake Ontario on one side and to a pond on the other. The laser-cut screens of the pavilion display the English and scientific names of the migratory birds that have been spotted on site, and exhibit a pattern inspired by the flock formations of these birds.
Nestled up to the bank of the pond is the new Bird Blind, which provides visitors with “architectural camouflage” so they can observe birds at close range without disturbing the site’s biota.
Be sure to visit the park this fall to enjoy a rare and heightened experience of our city’s extraordinary bird culture and wildlife!
The multi-award winning Nathan Phillips Square (NPS) is Toronto’s premier public space and civic gathering place, a leading tourist attraction for the city, …
Architectural designer Jason van der Burg and his team have been invited to display their 2013 People’s Choice Award winning Spiral Sukkah from August 30 to September 1 at the Toronto Harbourfront Centre’s 2014 Ashkenaz Festival. Visitors will be able to explore and walk inside the modern take on the sukkah, a traditional, temporary Jewish dwelling. The Ashkenaz Festival is one of the largest celebrations of Jewish music and culture anywhere in the world.
The Kehilla Residential Programme invited the team to display their award-winning project at the festival to promote this year’s Sukkahville 2014 event, taking place October 14–15 at Nathan Phillips Square, where the Spiral Sukkah will also be on display among this year’s finalists.
For those of you who remember our post earlier this year on Track Toronto, you’ll pleased to know that the groundbreaking initiative led by Chloe Doesburg, Jonathon Tyrrell, and PLANT’s very own Lauren Barhydt has gained traction — and seen its fair share of good press. The trio has created an online resource that promotes musical explorations of the city, specifically Toronto-focused songwriting and music.
Track Toronto recently expanded its virtual collection to the public realm: beginning with a small cluster of signs, eight in total, all within easy walking distance of each other in Toronto’s west-end neighbourhood. The signs have a lyric sample, the song name and artist, and a QR bar code that steers your smartphone to a playable song stream so you can listen on the spot.
Monocle has produced a new short film on Toronto’s iconic City Hall. The piece explores how its creation almost 50 years ago signalled the start of a modern metropolis, and how it has evolved since that time thanks to recent revitalization efforts.
The Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization project is being completed by PLANT Architect Inc. and Perkins+Will Canada in joint venture.
In 2006, PLANT Architect developed a competition-winning design for a new downtown market square in Stratford, Ontario. In anticipation of a 2017 start date, the city is trying to decide whether to go with our original design or a modified version of it, or to issue a request for proposal. An open house and public meeting was hosted last week to discuss options and next steps.
Click here to watch CTV footage of the meeting and listen to PLANT partner and project architect Lisa Rapoport talk about the proposed Stratford Market Square design.
The plans to update the Queen Street edge of Kew Gardens were unveiled at an open house last week. The project was instigated by the Beach Village BIA, which hopes to draw more traffic up to Queen Street from the beach. Creating a better interface between the street and the …