Union Square, New York City

Revised Proposal:
Buildings With Character

Architecture

Architecture and Built Form

Mirvish Village is a unique site which requires an innovative solution. The proposed built form has evolved as a direct response to the site’s unique context, history, surrounding communities and public benefits. The built form has evolved in response to comments received from the City, as part of the project team’s ongoing public consultation, and in response to emerging municipal policy. The retention of additional heritage buildings, the provision of on-site park land, and enhanced transition to surrounding residential neighbourhoods have played a role in reshaping the proposed built form.

To give each building its own identity, Henriquez Partners Architects have developed a series of building typologies with a wide range of architectural expressions. The building typologies will inform all aspects of the design which will be based on a common grid, allowing each individual building to be assembled and reconfigured as a kit of parts. The combination of distinct building types will create a richly textured and intimate architecture, alluding to the historical pattern of development in downtown Toronto and along Bloor and Bathurst Street.

Mirvish Village has been carefully designed to ensure the built form and transition in scale respond to the existing neighbourhood fabric surrounding the site. The tallest towers in the development will be located on the east side of Markham Street, both to emphasize Bloor and Bathurst Street as an iconic corner and to minimize impacts on low-rise neighbourhood areas to the south and west. Each of the towers in Mirvish Village will be characterized by very small floor plates ranging from 500-600 square meters. These slender “micro-towers” will limit shadow impacts on surrounding areas, maximizing sunlight and sky views, while reinforcing the fine-grained character of retail along Bloor Street.