TYPE Mixed Use
SIZE 95,000 sf
YEAR Anticipated 2018
LOCATION Toronto, Canada
A heritage building, a TTC subway entrance, a linear park and a change in urban scale are the elements knit together by Totem, a multi-unit residential building. Adding to the challenge is the constrained site on which this needed to be accomplished.
Located in the Yonge Street and Church Street vicinity, the area has a mix of 20+ storeys residential towers and three-storey Victorian houses. The site currently houses a designated heritage office building built in the fifties. A narrow walkway connects the linear park system north of Dundonald to the main subway entrance on Wellesley to the south. Through a slight shift in the location of heritage elements retained on site, the development provided the opportunity to incorporate the TTC entrance into the building, allowing the public to enter through the front doors, literally bringing the Heritage into the public realm, and giving more space to the walkway so it can be landscaped to be a proper linear park extension.
Totem uses a unique cantilevered series of stepping volumes to create a contextual fit with its surroundings.