BUILDINGS WITH CHARACTER
Evolving policy in response to the Four Corners, along with comments from City Staff and the community have contributed to built form revisions. The original application proposed a gradual transition in height from the residential neighbourhoods at the southwest of the site, towards the northeast, with the highest buildings located at the corner of Bloor and Bathurst. In response to draft policy the built form has been reduced to largely fit within 45 degree angular planes extended from the surrounding residential neighbourhoods on all sides.
Changes are also proposed at the base building with a reduction of streetwall, overall base building, and retail floor to floor heights, for enhanced, sun access on Bloor, and transition to adjacent buildings.
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.
- From the combination of numerous distinct individual buildings,
a richly textured yet intimate architecture emerges, alluding to the historical pattern of development in downtown Toronto.
- The building typologies have been designed based on a common grid, allowing each individual building to be assembled and reconfigured as a kit of parts.
- Mirvish Village has been carefully designed to ensure that buildings transition in scale appropriately down to surrounding neighbourhoods.
- The tall buildings at Mirvish Village are all proposed for the east side of Markham Street, both to emphasize Bloor & Bathurst as an iconic corner and to minimize impacts on low-rise neighbourhood areas to the south and west.
- Mirvish Village’s tall buildings will be characterized by very small floor plates that range from 500-600 square meters. These slender “micro-towers” limit shadow impacts on surrounding areas, maximize sky views, and reinforce the fine-grained character of retail along Bloor Street.