319 Carlaw Avenue, Toronto, Canada
Lamb Development Corp.
Units 119 Live & 32 Work
GFA 122,000 sq.ft.
The Work Loft development is transforming the Dundas and Carlaw neighbourhood, creating an intimately scaled building while maintaining the community feel. The first floor is devoted to retail and the second floor is devoted to commercial studio lofts. The wedge shaped building, created by former railway right-of-ways, creates an engaging entrance to the neighbourhood.
This two building complex anchors the Dundas and Carlaw corner in a predominately warehouse district, but it is bisected into two, wedge-shaped parts by a former curving railway corridor that will eventually become a neighbourhood landscaped space. Flat Iron Lofts is a ten-storey residential building comprised of 97 units with retail at grade. Work Loft is a ten-storey building with 153 residential and 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.