May 6, 2014

Pug Awards 2014 Nominations

The King East

Developer: Lamb Development Corp.

330 King East anchors the intersection of King & Parliament while respecting its context and projecting a modern and playful pattern of red brick with bands of concrete onto its façade. This treatment is inspired by the use of historical elements from the 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 and Broadview neighbourhood.

Thirty-Two Camden

Developer: Sorbara Developments

Thirty-Two Camden is a boutique condo building located on a small street in Toronto’s entertainment district. The building massing has been sculpted to help fit comfortably into what was a previous brick warehouse district. It is 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.