Project: Yonge + Rich Condominiums, 25 Richmond Street East, Toronto
Client: Urban Capital, Malibu Investments
Architect: architectsAlliance, Design Architect, Graziani & Corroza, Architect of Record
Status: Completion 2017
Involvement: Rezoning, Concept, Schematic Design, Marketing, SPA, Design Development,
- 681 residential units
- 650 m2 retail area
- Above grade – 45 storeys
- Below Grade – 8 levels / 286 stalls
Recognition: 2014 BILD Award – Best High-rise
Yonge + Rich condominiums is a unique addition to the city’s skyline and a distinct addition to the developer’s portfolio – recognizing the need for a diverse range of suites and amenities in the current downtown housing market.
Challenged with a complicated set of site conditions, a dilapidated yet noble 4 storey brownstone, and an outspoken residents’ association, and an array of planning considerations, and even an unclaimed landlocked parcel of land, the challenges of the project were obvious.
We started with the idea that a large floor plate could be broken down to visually resemble two towers at an urban scale. The two tower masses would be reinforced by distinct approaches to cladding. Two separate resident’s lobbies and amenity levels reinforce this approach.
At the ground floor level, the resolution of multiple residential lobbies, vehicular loading and parking entries, a private pedestrian lane, access to below grade public parking, and ample retail space will become the proof in the pudding. Further to addressing all of the concerns from city planning and local residents, the proposal sought to increase the public’s on-site presence by including a ‘mid-block connection’ and publicly accessible pedestrian lane through the site to increase the pedestrian activity, further animating retail activity at grade and increased public safety at the street level