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Is this the future of townhouses in Toronto?

Posted by Derek Flack / May 25, 2014

Treehouse Toronto CondoIn direct contrast to many of Toronto's, blue-toned, glass-clad condo projects comes this proposed townhouse project for Gerrard St. in the Upper Beaches. A collaboration between Symmetry Developments and 5468796 Architecture, the project will consist of 44 stacked units organized loosely around a treehouse theme. A sales centre isn't expected until the end of this year, so details remain relatively sparse, but there's no shortage of philosophizing from the architects at this early stage.

"By designing a housing project around a courtyard, all residents get to see each other when entering the space, which they all get to share," Sasa Radulovic of 5468796 Architecture told us by email. "As it comes to the building, it deals with privacy and creates a rhythm of the facade that is not necessarily evident in the Canadian condominium market. The design walks a fine line of balancing between privacy and getting open views towards the green space. The strategy includes the depth of the facade as well as angling of the windows, that allows us to carefully orchestrate the relationship between dwellings on the opposite sides of the courtyard...our intent is to create a modern, but not cold environment for the residents."

Treehouse Toronto CondoThe last sentence is probably the most apt. What makes this design so exciting is the degree to which it's radically open without being bland. The heavy doses of earthy brown certainly help in this regard, but it's the method of stacking itself that probably holds the most visual interest. It's hard to know where the public space gives way to the private. More like this, please.

What do you think? Would you like to see more townhouse developments like this one?

Discussion

12 Comments

Michael / May 25, 2014 at 09:33 am
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Reminds me of what we've been tearing down at regent park
bob / May 25, 2014 at 10:55 am
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May I point out to you that the location you're referring to is not the Upper Beaches at all.. it's Scarborough, being east of Victoria Park and all... Maybe a little background on the Gerrard - Clonmore Quarry / Runneymede lands instead?
John / May 25, 2014 at 11:59 am
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Ugly project in Scarborough. This one wont get built.
Butternuts / May 25, 2014 at 01:24 pm
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It hasn't even been built and there is already one of those friggin' cyclists terrorizing pedestrians by riding on the sidewalk.
Kate / May 25, 2014 at 04:12 pm
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to a Real Estate Agent - the whole area is "Upper Beaches" (used to live in Oakridge, which was also marketed as the Upper Beaches)- not sure where you're getting the Runnymede reference (wrong end of the city).

Looks reminiscent of the 60's to me - like bookshelves.
Mg replying to a comment from Kate / May 25, 2014 at 05:59 pm
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The "Runnymede" connection comes from Runnymede Development Corporation, which was the company behind the original (i.e. mid 1980s) attempts to develop the site.
Kate replying to a comment from Mg / May 25, 2014 at 09:35 pm
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okay, get it now...yeah, always thought of that area as the Quarry...but still, it looks like a project that will date quickly
Andrew / May 25, 2014 at 11:29 pm
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LOOKS LIKE MAYBE SUITABLE CO-OP HOUSING . Thats pretty nice...
kn / May 26, 2014 at 12:14 pm
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Michael, looks like Regent park and Atkinson coop? Quite frankly there's nothing wrong with the design of Regent or Atkinson. Unfortunately, the incompetence of the TCHC and the residents themselves completely destroyed both of these properties. It's a publicly designated ghetto with high density poverty. Do you really think Regent or Atkinson would be meeting the wrecking ball if they had been sold on the market to home owners?? And now the city are rebuilding hoping somehow surrounding the ghetto with really tall condos will change the outcome.

The design we see represented above looks like it will be a brilliant place to live. Beautiful design! Too bad, this wasn't built in Liberty village, where those pseudo victorian stacked town homes were built.
East Ender / May 27, 2014 at 03:29 pm
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Looks sick to me, I'd buy there.
charmintown / May 28, 2014 at 12:18 pm
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not the quarry property. its one of the warehouses across the street
grammarbob / June 12, 2014 at 02:58 am
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on fortress site it says working with engine. who the f is engine??? and the 54123456 is the gayest name

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