2720 – 2734 Danforth Avenue is a smartly-designed 9-storey, purpose-built rental midrise building situated near Main Street in an area of the City that is only now beginning to experience significant infill along its avenues. It will contain 70 residential units, retail spaces at grade and a ‘hotel’ component at the second level. Studios, 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom options will be available for the professional modern urbanite that conform to the city’s ‘Growing Up Guidelines’. The façade is of masonry with a rhythm of punched windows, which responds to the eclectic urban fabric of the neighbourhood, but at same time is respectful and acts as a foil to the cultural assets that exist on the site.
Two heritage buildings form the basis of the fabric incorporated into the façade, from which the designers took their inspiration, complimenting their style with the neighbourhood streetscape. The first building is typical in scale and materiality with many others on the Danforth. The second building is late 17th century. It was a wood structure, originally known as ‘The White House Hotel’. BNKC is working with heritage specialists to develop a strategy to celebrate and recognize the heritage assets on the site, incorporating elements into the design. This will result in a project that bridges the heritage features of the original buildings onsite, with the stylistic features of those that line the street in the surrounding area. This will enhance the experience at street level for both retailers and pedestrians, while providing a distinct address to the new residences.
Rendering by Brick Visual.