CityPlace Block 36N

Toronto, Ontario

Client: City of Toronto
Size: 107,600 sq.ft. (10,000 sq.m.)   

Zeidler’s design for this 9-storey affordable housing building forms part of the CityPlace development in the railway lands of the downtown core. This Design Build project with Dominus Cityzen, developed and managed with Toronto Community Housing, will provide much-needed apartments for people with limited incomes.

Our colourful street façade design harmonizes with colours established by the adjacent existing library and condominium. The terrace along the west façade faces an adjacent proposed public park and provides significantly more amenity space than required. To take advantage of views and connections, our design proposes a grading solution that more conveniently links the park’s lower grade to the terrace. We also located a generously-sized indoor amenity space on the ground floor overlooking the terrace and park. These spaces will provide residents with a direct and immediate relationship with the park’s greenery and appealing western exposure.

Zeidler’s approach to the interior layout was to maximize apartment living spaces, with the result that all units exceed the average size requirements in the Affordable Housing Design Guidelines. All bedrooms have an exterior exposure and window, and laundry facilities are conveniently located on every other floor. Using simple, durable and easily maintained materials throughout, especially in the interiors, our design meets budget requirements while ensuring that the building offers appealing residences that compare favourably to market-value condominiums.