129 St. Clair Avenue West by Diamond Schmitt Architects

129 St Clair Avenue West

129 St Clair Avenue WestToronto architect Don Schmitt, co-founder of the well-known firm Diamond Schmitt Architects, has presented an scheme for Blue Diamond, a new residential project by Camrost-Felcorp on St. Clair Avenue West, a few steps east of Avenue Road.
129 St Clair Avenue WestThe former Deer Park United Church, an picturesque Gothic-revival building, will be creatively adapted into a public courtyard with retail along St. Clair, townhouses on Foxbar, and a stunning tower affording exceptional views of the city.
129 St Clair Avenue West“I happened to visit an old church that had been designed by Christopher Wren that had been bombed in World War II and lost its roof,” says the archiect. “Rather than rebuild it, they had chosen to turn it into a sculpture garden, where the local residents could sit in the sun and enjoy the surroundings.”
129 St Clair Avenue WestIn the Blue Diamond proposal, the roof of the church, interior and rear parish hall will be removed, and the walls rehabilitated and left to stand on their own, creating a semi-enclosed parkette with paved and green areas.
129 St Clair Avenue WestSpace for shops is planned in the main floor of the tower, as well as a café. If everything unfolds according to plan, the developer will get a glassy 28-storey tower architect Schmitt described to me as “discreet, quiet and simple.”
129 St Clair Avenue WestLocation: Toronto, Canada
Architect: Diamond Schmitt Architects
Landscape Architect: Janet Rosenberg & Studio
Heritage Architect: ERA Architects
Partner/Builder: Camrost-Felcorp
Programm: 27 storeys; 226 units
Retail and townhouses at street level
Year: 2014
Status: Approved

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