The site is at the heart of the Church-Wellesley Village and in close proximity to Ryerson University, at 411 Church Street is at the corner of Church and Wood Street and directly across the street from the iconic Maple Leaf Gardens.
It is a 38 storey mixed use tower that includes a 6 storey podium with retail and residential uses. The frontages on Church and part of Wood Street are occupied by retail at grade. The complete urban ensemble of well articulated tree-lined sidewalks with benches, canopy protection, patio seating, small scale retail and grade related townhouses creates a safe and animated public realm with a strong sense of place.
The tower is articulated as three slender vertical shafts that have a strong east west orientation and present their slender faces on Church Street, and on the east side. The north and south faces of the building are lined with balconies, creating a distinct honeycomb pattern. Due to the shifting planes of the balcony face, the dividers are sloped as they connect between two levels and help complete the architectural expression. This honeycomb pattern is dynamic and changes form from different vantage points, creating dramatic views of the tower.
The honeycomb expression is carried down into the podium, where the balconies have a similar expression on the north and west facades. This motif also appears in the landscape expression creating a cohesive design that seamlessly integrates the underlying pattern that defines the building’s form in an architecturally unique manner.
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