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URBAN INFILL IN YORKVILLE

Shim-Sutcliffe Architects

America settentrionale | Toronto

In contrast, a mixed-use replacement for an old building in the Yorkville district of Toronto was shoehorned into a five-meter-wide slot on a street that still boasts some handsome Victorian houses. The neighborhood has gentrified, and the clients wanted a high quality building with retail at street level, and three floors of live-work spaces above. The architects saw an opportunity to raise the bar, and their intervention is far more respectful of the past than its bland 1970s neighbors. The steel frame that supports the heavy timber floors is boldly expressed on a façade that has the depth and muscularity of a 19th-century cast-iron warehouse. Slender brick piers on the upper levels evoke the buildings that defined the city before the influx of curtain-wall towers over the past 50 years. To stay within the permitted height level on the street, the third floor is set back...

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