2015 Toronto Urban Design Award of Merit, Private Buildings in Context – Mid-Rise Category
In 2010, Urban Strategies was retained to lead the municipal approval process for the award-winning B-Street Condo development at Bathurst and Bloor Streets. The development is a mixed residential-commercial building designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects. A nine-storey mid-rise style building, the building represents an example of sensitive infill that is intended to create a dynamic relationship with its immediate context and community by providing a playful façade and a functional retail opportunities at the street level. The building incorporates a number of stepbacks along its east elevation and a wellarticulated west elevation. This built form responds to the smaller scale neighbourhood development to the east and 3-storey mixed-use built form to the west and creates an interesting and engaging pedestrian environment along Bathurst Street.
The building maintains a strong street wall, built to the Bathurst Street lot line, and replicates the rhythm and scale of the retail frontages found to the north of the site in the existing commercial buildings. Six retail units are provided at grade, contributing to street life and animation. The development, which has won several awards from the 2012 OHBA, 2012 BILD Toronto, and the 2012 CHBA is currently under construction.