By design, cities can be made better. Mirvish Village marks a
bold and necessary shift in city-building: a comprehensive
purpose-built community for rental apartments and innovative
retail. Every one of the over 800 suites here will be rental.
THE PROJECTBloor Elevation
Since the July 8, 2015 submission Westbank facilitated two design charrettes with City staff, participated in City-led public open houses on the Proposal and on the Four Corners study, maintained a continual public presence at Markham House as a dynamic public information and engagement centre, and actively engaged with the public through a series of community-driven events. Read more…
Westbank is dedicated to creating projects that are more than just buildings – rather, we see our projects as opportunities to shape the evolution of the entire city. With Mirvish Village we seek to redefine what can be achieved—and what should increasingly be expected—for large-scale mixed-use projects. Read more…
1893 City View – City of Toronto
OVERVIEWREIMAGINING MIRVISH VILLAGE
By design, cities can be made better. Mirvish Village marks a bold and necessary shift in city-building: a comprehensive purpose-built community for rental apartments and innovative retail. Every one of the 800 suites here will be rental. Read more…
Mirvish Village Reimagined
HOUSINGFOR A DIVERSE COMMUNITY
The vast majority of Toronto’s rental stock is either in worn buildings or in temporary sub-lets of newer condos. In contrast, the 800 apartments at Mirvish Village are designed and managed to be a top-quality contemporary and comprehensive urban rental community. Read more…
The Lauren – Westbank Corp.
RETAILTHE HEART & SOUL
Mirvish Village Market will become the socially energetic heart and soul of the neighbourhood. A true market hall with a curated collection of food purveyors, the market will be known for its great food, music, art and events. Fine-grained high street shops, restaurants and galleries will round out a unique experience. Read more…
Borough Market, London – Photo unknown
RETAILA RETAIL INCUBATOR
The new Honest Ed’s Alley will offer an intimate laneway of small, flexible spaces to creative startups, local shops and popups. With about 5,000 square feet of retail incubator space – this new take on an old concept will be a launching pad for emerging retail entrepreneurs. Read more…
Honest Ed’s Alley – myhiddentoronto.wordpress.com
A commitment to context-adapted fine-grained design will ensure that each Mirvish Village building will have its own identity inside and out for a range of architectural expressions that integrate seamlessly into the surrounding neighbourhood fabric. Read more…
Union Square, New York City
PUBLIC SPACEMARKHAM STREET
Its legacy as a community of artists, restaurants and boutique shop owners positions the new Markham Street as the natural hub for good food, music, culture and community interaction. Inspired by European streetscapes and designed to put pedestrians first the new Markham Street will become a magnetic social venue for the neighbourhood. Read more…
Markham Street – Buzz.Cruel.co
Most of us want more contact with the people next door or next street, but where does this happen? In addition to the new Markham Street, our design includes a range of spaces from through-block alleys to mini-plazas to Mirvish Village Market itself. These are all catalytic zones for engagement that are designed in to Mirvish Village. Read more…
Street Life – Photo Unknown
Mirvish Village will provide a much needed daycare to support families living on site and within the broader community. Mirvish Village will be a complete community, exploring a wide range of integrated solutions to meet sustainability goals. These will include an efficient and resilient energy system, sustainable alternatives for a pedestrian and transit oriented development, forward-thinking options promoting reduced car dependency and urban agriculture initiatives. Read more…
PUBLIC SPACECYCLE CULTURE
Already served by subway, streetcar and bus, Mirvish Village will introduce innovative infrastructure to make cycling another convenient mobility option. Bike sharing, an on-site shop, state of the art parking and storage, and a valet service for residents and visitors will make car ownership superfluous. Read more…
Bike Shop Toronto – RB Inc.
Mirvish Village aims to meet LEED Platinum
Neighbourhood and Toronto Green Standard Tier 2
standards by providing residents with systems that
will minimize waste and optimize energy.
SUSTAINABILITYSETTING NEW STANDARDS
LEED’s Platinum ND standard is our goal, but we’ll go further to conserve the embedded energy in the Markham Street houses, design-in green roofs and build in a state-of-the-art district heating, cooling and electrical generation system for energy resiliency. Read more…
The Mirvish Village history is steeped in
the intangible legacy of Ed, Anne and David Mirvish,
whose entrepreneurship, civic engagement and
investment in the arts have left a lasting
impact on the neighbourhood
and the city.
The Canadian journalist and author, Robert Fulford once called Ed Mirvish “the most imaginative town planner of his Toronto generation,” stating that Mirvish “did more to humanize and animate Toronto than any other entrepreneur of his time.” The Mirvish Village concept recalls this legacy, reimagining it in every detail of the redevelopment. Read more…
Ed Mirvish, 1983 ~ Photo by Tibor Kolley / The Globe and Mail/Canadian Press
Growing little by little since the 1940’s, Honest Ed’s has evolved into a Toronto landmark and Mirvish Village into a unique enclave for arts, culture, food and entertainment. The history of this animated and eclectic community will inspire the design of public art and shared spaces in the new Mirvish Village. We are committed to shaping blocks even more lively and inclusive than the current combination of Honest Ed’s and Markham Street. Read More…
Original Honest Ed’s Store, 1957 ~ Photo by Allan Moffatt for the Globe & Mail
EVENTSIn the heart of Mirvish Village
Markham House is a city building lab and community hub showcasing the creativity of the neighbourhood and the city. Here we will explore the vibrancy and diversity of the future Mirvish Village through installations, workshops and events. This is also the place to learn more about the development application for Mirvish Village, pose questions to the team, and share your thoughts with us.
Markham House’s installations are made possible thanks to the following community partnerships:
Current: Wavelength Music Series + Park People
Past Collaborators: Spacing Magazine + Charlotte Hale & Associates + 21 Toys + Curbside Cycle
Operating Hours: Closed
Located at 610 Markham Street
Markham Street today
Life as a total work of art.
Our aspiration for Mirvish Village is that we produce
nothing less than the best urban design in the country
and a model for future development in the city.
Learn more: Gwerk, Mirvish Village
Westbank is dedicated to the creation of beautiful buildings with a focus on large mixed-use projects placing great importance on sustainability. The goal of the firm is a body of work that improves the cities it practices in while incorporating a high degree of artistry often in partnership with our frequent collaborators, Peterson. Established in 1992 with over $25 billion of projects completed, Westbank is active across Canada and into the United States. Westbank Body of Work.
Rising with Artist, Zhang Huan ~ The Shangri-La Hotel Toronto
Henriquez Partners believe that socially responsible community development and environmental stewardship are the foundation of good design. The firm has consistently demonstrated the ability to manage projects from design through to construction and the technical expertise to create structures that stand the test of time.
Woodward’s Redevelopment, Vancouver
As the Heritage Consultant for Mirvish Village, the core interest of E.R.A. Architects Inc. is to connect heritage to wider considerations of urban design and city building and to a larger set of cultural values that provide perspective at every scale.
The Distillery, Toronto ~ Photo credit: U of T
The Centre for Social Innovation is a coworking space, community, and launchpad for people who are changing the world, with four locations in Toronto and a location in New York City. We provide our members with the tools they need to accelerate their success and amplify their impact. Together, we’re building a movement of nonprofits, for-profits, entrepreneurs, artists, and activists working across sectors to create a better world.
Learn more about collaborators ThinkFresh Group and The Next Practice.