Our task was to integrate a variety of uses including retail, office and residential along with several public realm elements on a relatively small site in the City’s Downtown.
Although the site benefited from two street frontages and access to a nearby subway station, it was situated away from major streets behind other towers. With limited pedestrian connections, the project endeavoured to improve circulation and establish a presence for the development.
The project was designed to accommodate several open space features to improve circulation and overall amenity of the site and to respond to its context in a bespoke manner.
The public realm includes a centrally located, diagonal POPS space (referred to as the Artists’ Alley) that connects two public streets and provides spillover space for commercial uses at grade. A 1,000sm public park is situated at the southwest corner of the site adjacent to the POPS providing a break and relief from a continuous streetwall along St. Patrick Street.
The overall massing configuration consists of a 17-storey building along St. Patrick Street and two towers along Simcoe Street of 35 and 39 storeys respectively. The 17-storey building is a hybrid of a tower and a mid-rise form. The project consists of over 900 residential units and includes at least 5,600 sm of office space.
Bousfields was originally retained in 2014, and the project was approved by City Council in 2018. The project is currently under construction.
Bousfields’ involvement included providing planning and urban design advice throughout the approvals process. The project is a culmination of a successful consultation process involving City staff and the community leading towards an outcome that balances everyone’s goals and objectives.
Address: 234 Simcoe Street, Toronto
Planning for growth. Building on history.
Creating connections for an emerging community.
Reimagining the public realm.
A collaborative Master planning process for a vibrant waterfront community.
An iconic landmark designed to change a city.
A waterfront community that reaches new heights.
An artful approach to a vibrant new neighbourhood.
Honouring the past to meet the needs of a modern community.
Designed to sustain an engaged community for decades to come.