Artists’ Alley

An artful approach to a vibrant new neighbourhood.

The ask: to design a mixed use project around a publicly accessible open space as the main feature of the development.

Team Members



Senior Urban Designer

Senior Community Designer


The Challenge

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. 

Our Solution

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.

The Outcome

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.

Artists’ Alley

Lanterra Developments

Address: 234 Simcoe Street, Toronto

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Tony Volpentesta



A partner since 2003, Antonio (Tony) joined Bousfields in 1991 soon after completing a graduate degree in Urban Planning at the University of Toronto. He is full member of the Canadian Institute of Planners. He has provided professional planning services in support of numerous large-scale redevelopment proposals in the Greater Toronto Area. His considerable experience has resulted in his participation as lead consultant and team captain on several high-profile development proposals. His range of experience includes high density residential and commercial proposals for many major clients.

Tom Kasprzak



Tom is an urban design partner with a wealth of experience on a wide range of projects throughout the Greater Toronto Area. During his career, he has been focused on urban intensification that promotes excellence in design. Tom’s creative approach and analytical skills have led to a number of successful, award winning projects and establish a proven track record for delivering built developments. He has also lead multi disciplinary teams on complex files including community and neighbourhood plans.  Tom regularly appears as an expert witness at the Ontario Land Tribunal.

Tom is a full member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and is a Registered Professional Planner in the Province of Ontario. He is also an Associate member of the Ontario Association of Architects and a LEED Accredited professional. His past experience includes architectural design locally and abroad.

Claudia Kovalev

Senior Urban Designer


Claudia joined Bousfields in November 2011 as an urban designer. Prior to joining the firm, Claudia worked on numerous architectural projects in Canada and Peru. She has experience in masterplanning, design development and construction review of architectural and urban design projects. Her responsibilities at Bousfields include preparation of the assessment of built form options; built form impact analysis, including shadow, angular plane and view analysis; and zoning by-law schedules. Assisting in the preparation of planning and urban design rationales in addition to avenue segment studies related to proposed developments, urban design guidelines, urban design briefs; and land use planning and urban design evidence for Ontario Land Tribunal hearings.

Claudia is currently a Pre-candidate member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) and Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP); and a OAA Intern Architect working towards full Membership. She is also a full member of the Architects Association of Peru (CAP).

Cameron De Ruyter

Senior Community Designer


Cameron joined Bousfields in October 2011, after completing his Undergraduate Degree in Urban and Regional Planning (BURP) from Ryerson University. Prior to joining the firm, Cameron worked part-time for one year at another planning consulting firm, where he was mainly responsible for subdivision design and the preparation of conceptual site layouts.

His responsibilities at Bousfields involve a combination of both planning and design roles. With regards to planning, his involvement includes zoning and policy research, due diligence, and writing contributions to planning rationales. His design responsibilities include the preparation of subdivision plans, conceptual site layouts, official plan amendment maps, zoning by-law amendment schedules, and various forms of graphics for a wide range of planning documents.