Flat Iron Lofts
1201 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Lamb Development Corp.
GFA 93,000 sq.ft.
A thoughtful interplay of old and new, mixing commercial and residential, work and play. The lower facade consists of a four-floor podium of traditional brick, blending with the context of the area. Above the podium, a light, glassy, modern building wraps around and above the brick podium.
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.