[numixslider id='1']

PUG Awards Nominations 2013

CORE Architect’s has been nominated for three PUG Awards this year, Flat Iron/Work Lofts, 650 King, and 500 Wellington. This will be the second year that our designs have achieved recognition from the PUG Awards and hopefully the nominees will join 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.

FLAT IRON WORK LOFTS

Developer: Lamb Development Corp.
Landscape Architect: Juhan Marten
General Contractor: 59 Project Management Inc.

This two building complex anchors the Dundas/Carlaw corner in a predominately warehouse district, but is bisected into two, wedge shaped parts by a former curving railway corridor, that will eventually become a neighbourhood landscaped space. Flatiron Lofts is a 10 storey residential building comprising some 97 units with retail at grade. Work Loft is a 10 storey building with 153 live/work units.

The two buildings play with a modern interpretation of the warehouse vernacular, the rhythm of the brick piers and the window mullion spacing all contribute to the composition. The design allows the two buildings to play off each other, with the curving convex shape of Flat Iron and the concave shapes of Work Lofts.

500 WELLINGTON

Developer: Freed Developments
Landscape Architect: gh3
General Contractor: Accel High Rise Construction Ltd.

Conceived and designed to fill an high-end niche in the downtown King West District, these ultra-luxurious penthouse-sized loft suites provide for half-floor suites and full-floor units, each with a cabana terrace.

The challenge was to insert a very high quality, exclusive condominium on a narrow, long infill site in a predominately warehouse district. The 10 storey building contains only 17 suites, which are either half floor or full floor occupancy, served by separate elevators that enter directly into the suites.

A major design directive was to provide substantial outdoor living spaces on terraces and decks, with floor to ceiling glazing where possible. The exterior materials palette was kept simple and elegant, the brick was a charcoal ironspot, the soffits were Ipe, black zinc was used as flashings and metal panel, balcony guardrails were frameless, tempered glass and the exterior glazing was flush, silicon glazed where applicable.

The interior layouts, also prepared by the CORE, are spacious and uncluttered and emphasize the feeling of a “luxury of space”. The overall effect is a condo that engages the street with a playful facade on Wellington and that also fits in well with the massing and materials of the warehouse district.”

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.

650 KING WEST

Developer: Freed Developments
Landscape Architect: Juhan Marten
General Contractor: Tucker HighRise

Six50 King West was conceived to address the multiple goals and challenges of the developer and the concerns of the City and of local residents. Inspired by LEED energy efficiency and the back-to-nature aesthetic of the green movement, Six50 King is 10 storey, 233 unit “L-shaped” two building complex that’s alive with green, with terraces and balconies wrapped in boxwood hedge planters. This LEED registered project also features a green roof and a private landscaped amenity courtyard connecting the two towers.

Accommodating the Heritage building and the limited access presented unique concerns for CORE during the design process but an elegant yet efficient solution was achieved. The Developer wished to present a “Green” high-rise residence, LEED certified, that embodied light and glass and transparency, the antithesis of the perception of energy efficient homes. The architectural nomenclature addresses two unique streetscapes and each other.

Six50 King is a “Jenga” inspired stacking of glazed cubes, a series of sharply articulated boxes, the grey brick and dark spandrel used for the project creates the opportunities for the planted terraces. The remainder of the exterior is clad in a dark charcoal brick, recognizing the masonry character of the neighbourhood. Although the choice of materials stands in contrast to the red brick of the area’s historic properties, the robust proportions of the new development echo those of the surrounding older properties.

Green and growing horizontal details of hedging throughout the height of the buildings accent the modern clean character that this LEED Registered building adds to this corner of older Toronto.