Slate Asset Management introduced Studio Gang’s design for a new block plan and mixed-used tower at the southwest corner of Yonge and Delisle in Toronto during a community consultation session last night at 55 St. Clair Avenue West. Conceived as a new model for sustainable urban growth, One Delisle will bring broad-based urban improvements to the Yonge and St. Clair community through the infusion of new residential and retail uses.
Located at an important transit node in midtown Toronto, the project aligns with Slate’s long-term vision to reestablish Yonge and St. Clair as a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly neighbourhood with thriving retail, welcoming open spaces and world-class architecture. The generous setbacks on both Yonge Street and Delisle Avenue allow for wider sidewalks, increased sunlight at street level, and new fine-grained retail—all of which will create a more enjoyable pedestrian experience.
Moving upward from its rectilinear base, the building gently transforms into a compact, sixteen-sided, tower that dramatically reduces shadows on the surrounding streets and neighborhood. This transition also responds to the site’s grade change and the bend along Yonge Street, which makes the location of One Delisle a view terminus and ideal gateway to the Yonge and St. Clair community from the north approach and from other neighbourhoods in the city.
The tower is designed as a series of eight-story elements, which nest together as they spiral up the façade. The angled, alternating geometry allows for variously sized floor plates that result in unique conditions within the units, bringing a diversity of residential options to the mixed-use neighbourhood. Tuned to Toronto’s climate, generous planted terraces atop these elements and protected balconies within them extend outdoor living into the shoulder seasons.
“The geometry of the facade, and the self-shading it provides, allows each living space to stay cool in summer, while also optimizing winter light,” says Jeanne Gang. “This gentle pitch frames indoor-outdoor connections on the balconies and terraces that spiral up the building in an organization inspired by organic growth and form.” Source and images Courtesy of Studio Gang.
Article by Marco Rinaldi