West Don Lands, Toronto
The fourth and final phase of the award-winning River City development, Harris Square takes its name from the public square that it faces. Continuing River City's penchant for bold forms, the building is designed as a series of pentagonal plates circulating as they rise, reflecting the five sides of the site, and allowing for oversized balconies and terraces on many floors.
Responding to its context, the building connects Lawren-Harris Square with Underpass Park by lifting itself up at the ground level, creating a relatively column free 6 metre high open space between the two public spaces and providing sunlight and views to the 155 units. Half of the ground level is publicly accessible and provides a pedestrian connection to Underpass Park.
The pallette and materials will be similar to those found on earlier phases. Lower levels will be dominated by cast in place concrete—mirroring the supports of the Eastern Avenue flyover to the north. On upper levels, a dark smoked glass will front the angular balconies, with clear glass on the walls. Occasional highlights of metal panels are used for solid wall cladding, while at ground level green glass will be the background for the park spaces.
River City is a master-planned residential development that brings a unique, bold response to a former brownfield site along Toronto’s Don River. It successfully engages the city, linking a public realm of pedestrian-friendly streets and exceptional parks with an architecture inspired by flow, movement, and continuity. Once all 4 Phases are constructed, we will have added 1075 condominium units to the West Don Lands neighbourhood of Toronto.
Mixed Use Neighbourhood
Roof Level Party Room
Second floor Accessible Green Roof
Green RoofsThrough Out
Toronto Green Standards Tier 2
LEED Gold (pending)