As tenants and occupants demand more durable and durable structures, solid wood construction is becoming increasingly popular.
Understanding this need, Gairloch Developments proposes to construct a mostly timber mixed-use residential building with a Japanese influence in the Junction Triangle neighborhood of Toronto.
Last month, Gairloch submitted site plan approval to town planners for the construction of a 6-story mixed-use building with 30 residential apartments at 1650 Dupont Street.
“We strongly believe this building will set a high standard and serve as a precedent for future mid-rise buildings both in the local neighborhood and throughout the city,” says Gabriel Fain’s project application cover letter Architects in the city.
In a city facing a housing crisis as single-family homes become increasingly inaccessible while leading the continent in high-rise residential construction, the need for mid-rise developments is on the rise.
The city describes mid-rise buildings as “taller than houses but smaller than towers,” but they are significantly taller than the oft-admired “missing link,” which includes townhouses, duplexes and apartments. low-rise apartment buildings.
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They also promote a comfortable pedestrian environment and can liven up the street by lining the sidewalk with doors and windows with active uses including stores, restaurants, services, level-linked apartments and community uses.
Having an average height built with sustainable materials will not only have a positive impact on the environment and the community, but it will also contribute to the renewal of the neighborhood.
“This is a forward-looking building that will serve as a model of sustainability as we move away from the energy-intensive materials typically used for these types of buildings such as concrete and steel to healthier materials and renewable like wood “, reads the cover letter. .
The development site – which currently houses Toronto’s Sporting Clube Portugues – is located next to the corner of Edwin and Dupont streets with cafes, restaurants and art galleries, which “activate the street life in the city. ground floor “.
Likewise, the proposed building will create a vibrant activity at ground level with two retail / commercial spaces accessible at ground level and accessible directly from Rue Dupont, which the developer believes would be ideal for a gallery or a small shop.
The design of the building is intended to be “elegant and minimal”, which will be achieved by constructing the structure with solid wood, an environmentally friendly approach that uses renewable building materials like wood as opposed to steel and wood. concrete, and would have a lighter carbon. construction footprint and efficiency.
Construction materials will include a mixture of cross-laminated timber (CLT), metal siding (if applicable) and charred wood, known as shou-sugi-ban – an ancient Japanese wood preservation technique that will yield rich texture and depth to the building.
The architect says charred wood would be used for the interior faces of the balconies, where the Ontario Building Code (OBC) allows.
There will be six suites on floors two through six – three in the north wing and three in the south wing – with a courtyard nestled between the wings.
Of the 30 units offered, there will be a mix of 15 bedrooms, 11 two-bedroom and four-bedroom units ranging from 722 to 1,125 square feet, each with its own private weather-protected balcony.
In the central courtyard inspired by traditional Japanese gardens, the architects propose to manage runoff water via a garden area with a Japanese maple tree serving as the focal point. The courtyard will also be a social gathering space for residents, while an indoor amenity space would be adjacent.
The project architect says the intention of building a sustainable building is to minimize concrete construction work below grade. With this in mind, the building design eliminates an underground parking garage level and will instead incorporate seven parking spaces into a stacking system accessible from the back aisle.
However, “the proximity to cycling and public transport infrastructure offers healthy mobility options for future residents of the building,” reads the project’s cover letter.
In addition, four bicycle parking spaces in the driveway are also available for use by visitors, while 29 spaces for residents would be located in a bicycle storage room on the ground floor.
When Ainsley isn’t writing about real estate, local developments, and the beautiful homes she would have liked to live in, you can usually find her exploring Toronto, cooking, exercising at home, or hanging out with her cat, Jerry Seinfeld.
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