A unique amalgam of community-based amenities, heritage restoration, high-end luxury residences, and public green space, 50 Scollard lays the foundation for a rich social anchor within a vibrant district in downtown Toronto. The 41-storey residential tower is located on the corner of Bay and Scollard Streets in Yorkville, Toronto. The new development enhances the connection between the Jesse Ketchum Park to its west and the larger Yorkville Green Corridor to the south by creating a new public plaza at the corner of Bay and Scollard Streets, where a heritage building currently stands.
The innovative proposal seeks to relocate the entire building to the south-eastern corner of the site, thereby freeing up space in front of the residential tower. The form of the tower also steps back dramatically, adding volume to the landscaped plaza, which features a sculptural tree hedge – the space can be used as a performance area for staged events, screenings and projections, to host farmers’ markets, for festivals and open-air dining events. Shops and restaurants within the heritage building and tower, including the restaurant on the third floor, provide active social spaces for both residents and public, making a positive contribution to the surrounding urban realm.
Setting itself apart from the usual ‘green glass tower’, the building has been inspired by the colours and textures of the surrounding urban fabric, giving the tower a materiality that relates to the unique character of the borough. The pure geometry and structural expression provide a timeless quality, creating a harmonious relationship between the tower and the heritage area of Yorkville – a new addition that makes a positive contribution to the community. The building reveals expansive private terraces as it steps back at upper levels, and a majority of residential units feature dual aspect views to the Don Valley Parklands to the east and over Yorkville to the west. Expansive layouts, full height windows and Juliet balconies, all come together harmoniously to provide a luxurious living experience. Source and images Courtesy of Foster + Partners.
Article by Marco Rinaldi