“There is a growing number of people who are looking for something closer to the ground, be it newly-built, newly-crafted or newly-converted.
As one of Toronto’s most progressive developers, TAS believes in the important role that developers play in building cities: developers not only build buildings, but they create communities.
DUKE Condos, the Dundas Street West mid-rise project coming to the uber-hot Junction neighbourhood, has attracted attention for its unique design. Mindful of the scale of the predominantly low-rise Victorian-era storefronts and century-old houses close by, the condo has a staggered shape that makes its eight storeys seem far less tall.
At Duke Condos, developed by TAS and designed by Quadrangle, the seven-storey tower is in keeping with the scale of the neighbourhood, and many of the amenities complement the spirit of the industrious, eco-friendly strip.
The Duke’s façade will dodge in and out, as if chunks of material had been randomly sliced from it and lifted away.
The Excellence in Corporate Responsibility Awards program was created to honour and celebrate corporate Canadians for outstanding work and dedication towards creating sustainable and ethical practices within the business framework. TAS received an honourable mention in the ‘Building, Design and Development’ category.
Vignettes at DUKE Condos in the Junction features objets from the hood’s design sources.
But if renderings and plans can be believed, the whole project, not just the stores in its base, will be a shot in the arm for what’s become a grey, run-down streetscape.
It’s one of the first loft developments in the Junction neighbourhood and perhaps we’ll continue to see a boom of future modern buildings.
UrbanToronto’s Stephanie Calvet sat down with Richard Witt, principal at Quadrangle Architects, to discuss the inspiration for DUKE Condo’s design.
From calamari pita at the gourmet food truck to organic spuds at the farmers’ market, milk and bread at the supermarket to tomatoes fresh from the balcony, it’s food, glorious food in Hogtown. It hasn’t always been so.
Despite its growing popularity, the neighbourhood has not seen a lot of development. TAS’s upcoming DUKE project, therefore, is and will be significant beyond its architectural and planning merits.