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Pug Awards 2014 Nominations

The Pug Awards 2014 Nominations once again has CORE Architect’s nominated for three PUG Awards 2014 this year, The King East/The Ninety, and ThirtyTwo Camden. We hope that our nominees will join Six50 King, Five Hundred Wellington, Seventy Portland and Argyle Lofts as PUG winners.

Since 2004 the Pug Awards has recognized the best in Toronto architecture and planning.  Anna Simone, principal of design firm Cecconi Simone, and Gary Berman, president of real estate financier Tricon Capital Group, created the awards and invited the public to vote on the best and worst of Toronto’s newest developments.

THE KING EAST

Developer: Lamb Development Corp.

The 330 King East anchors the intersection of King & Parliament respecting its context and projecting a modern and playful pattern of red brick with bands of concrete onto its facade. This treatment is inspired by the use of historical elements from neighbouring St. Lawrence Market.

The site which is bordered by King and Parliament created unusual challenges for the design process due to its octagonal shape, neighbouring buildings and setback requirements. Further issues of access required careful consideration during the evolution of the design.

The design solution, a series of stepped boxes addressed all the various requirements while maintaining efficient floor plates and suite configurations. CORE turned the setback requirement to its advantage by incorporating a series of wrap around terraces for both the amenities level and penthouse suites.

THE NINETY

Developer: Harhay Construction Management

The Ninety is an adaptive reuse of a 1900’s warehouse into commercial office space and residential condos. The composition was meant to read as an assembly of buildings that have been expanded and have evolved over time. It has contextual elements like the brick tower, horizontal strip glazing and a fully glazed warehouse that co-exist with modern, condo elements like continuous balconies and floor to ceiling glazing. The scale, massing of the building and the use of brick help to make this a very successful infill project in the Queen/Broadview neighbourhood.

In 500 Wellington West, we tried to show that a condo, when built with quality materials, and designed to maximize the indoor and outdoor experience of downtown urban living, can change our perception of what a condo can be.

THIRTYTWO CAMDEN

Developer: Sorbara Developments

Is a boutique condo building located on a small street in Toronto’s entertainment district. The building massing has been sculpted to help it fit comfortably into what was a previous brick warehouse district, but now a mid-rise condo neighbourhood. The façade explores the use of a concrete screen that appears to have been clipped to the building, with a layer of glazing behind. The building is rugged and honest in its use of materials and its modern architectural language. A small community space at ground level with a landscaped sidewalk element has been incorporated into the project.