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URBN Condos Cambridge

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1560885133547{background-color: #ffffff !important;}"][vc_column][rev_slider_vc alias="urbn-condos-cambridge"][vc_empty_space][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="URBN Condos Cambridge" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] URBN condos and towns is a new multi-family residential project that is being developed in Cambridge, Ontario. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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Allenbury Gardens: Phase II

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="Allenbury Gardens: Phase II" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] V+A was selected by Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) to complete Phase II of the Allenbury Gardens project.   V+A completed three townhouse blocks, a establishing total of 34 additional units. These units are similar in character to Phase I, and face a park space shared by the new complex. The layouts of Phase II townhomes have mixed distributions of two-bedroom, three-bedroom, and four-bedroom units.   Close proximity to amenity spaces and nearby commercial uses make Allenbury Gardens an ideal location for incoming residents.   [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="180px"][vc_single_image image="6883" img_size="full"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][rev_slider_vc alias="allenbury-phase-2-portrait"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="30px"][rev_slider_vc alias="allenbury-phase-2"][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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500 Dundas

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="500 Dundas" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] 500 Dundas is a six-storey condo building, which is currently under construction in Whitby, ON. When complete, the development will provide almost 5500 square meters of housing on a heritage site.[vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text]V+A worked extensively with the Whitby heritage committee in a collaborative and creative process to create a scheme that balanced the needs of the developer, while still reconciling the features of the heritage house, and ensuring that the memory of the original dwelling on the site was sufficiently preserved. V+A engaged with a large team, including city officials, heritage department members, several consultants, and the project’s stakeholders. The six-storey development also features multi-level underground parking, and strives to function as an energy efficient residential complex. The project also utilizes a green roof, and takes steps to ensure that stormwater is managed effectively.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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Allenbury Gardens Phase I

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="right" content_custom_font="Allenbury Gardens: Phase I" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] Phase I of Allenbury Gardens is nearing completion and occupancy. The complex will consist of a mix of two-bedroom, three-bedroom, and four-bedroom units which share park areas with condominiums. The complex delivers community-oriented, sustainable, low-rise housing for Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) residents. Units were designed to accommodate various family sizes and to provide very efficient layouts, maximum space for storage, as well as visual and physical access to green spaces. Like Phase II of the project, the close proximity to recreational and commercial amenities will make Allenbury Gardens a great location for incoming residents. Stay tuned for updates! [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="205px"][vc_single_image image="6883" img_size="full"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][rev_slider_vc alias="allenbury-phase-1-portrait"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="30px"][rev_slider_vc alias="allenbury-phase-1"][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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Regent Park Block 28

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="Regent Park Block 28" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] The Regent Park Revitalization has transformed 69 acres of what was exclusively a social housing development at its inception, to a vibrant, self-sufficient, multi-use community for housing residents of mixed incomes.   This new residential townhouse block, featuring 22 homes, was constructed as part of the third phase of Regent Park’s redevelopment. Our firm was selected as the architects for the block 28 townhomes project with Toronto Community Housing and The Daniels Corporation. This was V+A’s third collaboration with Toronto Community Housing.   The townhomes engage with the community by orienting to the city street grid, defining a northern edge to the adjacent park and addressing a human scale. The composition of materials articulates the facade and provides a unique identity for each family.     [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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St. George Condominiums

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="St. George Condominiums" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] St George United Church was built in the early 1920s for a large active group of parishioners. By the year 2000, the small congregation decided to relocate to shared facilities and sell the building. The purchasers made a commitment to retain the existing church and to create a development within it. They approached us with this idea in mind.   V+A designed a 37-unit residential condominium project that met this goal. In our work, we were committed to creating a development that would relate both to the existing building in form and mass, and to the surrounding neighborhood. We were also interested in preserving the significant architectural features of the existing building and to complement them in our design of the new structures.   This project was technically demanding. Due to by-law restrictions, we were compelled to work entirely within the footprint of the...

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717 Queen Street West

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="717 Queen Street West" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] The existing property is currently occupied by a two-storey combination retail and residential building. This property has been owned by a local family since the mid-1960s. The family was looking to redevelop their property into a retail and residential building, with one retail unit and eight residential rental units.   In developing our proposal, V+A was mindful of the design character of Queen Street. A careful study of the surrounding context and urban design guidelines drove the design. The design scheme maintained and improved the quality of existing uses and is compatible with the neighbourhood. We consulted with stakeholders including the area planner, the local councilor and the West Queen West BIA, whose suggestions were incorporated into the design.   The design conforms to the Garrison Common North Secondary Plan. It supports the provision of range of housing types by...

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747 Queen Street East

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="747 Queen Street" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] 747 Queen Street East is located in an emerging and attractive area of the city of Toronto, and proposes a residential condominium with street related commercial use.   The site was considered difficult to develop, primarily due to its unconventional proportions and restrictive zoning regulations. We arrived at a solution which required no variances to the by-law, and could be built under Part 9 of the building code, affording us relative ease in municipal approvals.   Each of the eight two-storey residential units boasts access to the outside, light and air ventilation from the front and rear, and is composed of a main floor with loft and double height spaces. A central courtyard forms a shared community space for the residents.   [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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St. Leslieville Church Lofts

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="St. Leslieville Church Lofts" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] St. Leslieville (formerly known as the St. Clements Anglican Church) was built in 1913. V+A’s renovation respects the heritage of the church by maintaining the existing exterior walls, while housing fourteen dwellings, ranging in size from an 804 to 1980 square feet. These units range from one bedroom to three bedrooms in their layouts.   The church will be restored to modern standards of the Ontario Building Code, yet will also maintain its Heritage Building designation.   High efficiency heating, cooling and windows as well as modern insulation is utilized to provide multiple energy saving features. Natural light is also harnessed so the building will not contribute wastefully to the environment. Every effort was made to not contribute to landfill by salvaging existing features of the building, making the reuse of this property overall, a sound sustainable building project.   Stay tuned for updates! [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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Curzon Lane Terraces

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="Curzon Lane Terraces" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] With more than 500 km of laneway and unassumed roads, Toronto possesses a unique land resource for densification and an opportunity for innovative housing.   A recent CMHC report on the subject suggests that there are over 5000 potential sites for new, affordable homes in Toronto laneways.   These lanes are a result of 19th century city building. Historically, they provided secondary transportation routes, spaces for businesses and homes, and created an efficient, dense urban fabric. Until the 1950s residential and commercial use of laneways was common. Even today, hundreds of laneway dwellings are still in use. The laneway is a both a vital part of Toronto’s urban heritage, as well as its future.   Curzon Lane Terrace is a model of laneway development with proposed densities and percentage of landscaped open spaces, similar to existing coverage conditions within the neighbourhood. Peyton Lane is a...

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Hubbard Park Apartments

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="Hubbard Park Apartments" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] This project involved design and technical leadership to create 27 new apartments from a badly deteriorated building. This alteration realizes the full potential of marrying excellence in architectural design with community needs within a strict budget. Sustainable design solutions were applied to resolve deteriorating building conditions and for upgrades to meet current codes.   Careful planning allowed for the insertion of an elevator and creation of a lobby, where neither had previously existed. The building shell had historical value and contained a valuable material resource; consequently, the entire shell of the building was retained, while floors and roof were replaced. Photo-voltaic panels over part of the roof also shade the tenants’ new amenity space and laundry overlooking a new green roof.   This was an as-of-right project which required no planning approvals. Community and tenant consultation was undertaken at the design stages of this...

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Egerton Lane

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="Egerton Lane" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] Located on a complex and difficult to service urban laneway site, the three detached homes on Egerton Lane were completed in 2014. An extensive approvals process required creative thinking to achieve site servicing and municipal approvals.   The result made the effort worthwhile. The homes enjoy the silence afforded by a quiet laneway, yet are well connected to the amenities of the surrounding downtown. Each of the three homes boast generous open concept living spaces spread over four floors with large windows and ample sunlight. A rooftop patio with views to nearby Alexandra Park and to downtown completes the package.   Laneway housing has been widely covered recently in the media. Our project has been discussed both in The Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail. Follow the links to see the articles in their original context. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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Paperbirch Townhomes

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="Paperbirch Townhomes" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] Paperbirch Townhomes proposes a scheme for urban revitalization in North York. It increases density through efficient land use and by enhancing the private and public interest with streetscape initiatives.   The design fulfills the City of Toronto Urban Guidelines while remaining respectful of its historical context. The project demonstrates our ability to design contemporary and sensitive urban housing.   The existing 10,200 square meter site is occupied by four and six storey apartment buildings, with an additional four-storey building on an adjacent site. The entire complex was designed in the mid ‘50s by Peter Dickenson, and represents the then current approach to Urban Design, which valued discrete buildings placed in a continuous landscape. The current approach by the city is to promote street related buildings and a continuous street façade.   Our project serves a 1170 square meter parcel of land from the original site, and...

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Peyton Lane Homes

[vc_row][vc_column][qodef_custom_font font_family="Montserrat" font_size="24" line_height="34" font_weight="700" letter_spacing="-0.4" text_align="left" content_custom_font="Peyton Lane Homes" color="#222222"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] Peyton Lane Homes is an example of a sensitive and neighbourly laneway development. The proposed density and landscaped spaces are similar to the existing conditions within the area. Peyton Lane is a serviced laneway, with existing residential, commercial and institutional uses. The site of our proposal is currently occupied by three concrete block storage buildings and paving.   The proposal provides three mid-sized homes sensitive to their context, and actively helps to form and improve the lane-scape. The proposed buildings are subordinate in height, mass and scale, to the surrounding street houses. The sloping roofs allow winter sunlight to penetrate the glazed south facade of the adjacent house. The rear garden introduces greenery and minimizes overlook and intrusion of privacy.   The laneway façade is articulated vertically and horizontally. It is scaled to the width of the lane and the existing buildings on...

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