The Story

The site, a former sausage factory on a peculiar L-shaped lot in the popular Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood of Toronto, had been the subject of much discussion amongst neighbours.  After decades of business, the factory finally closed it doors in 2014 marking the welcomed end to both the bi-weekly deliveries of unprocessed pork and the persistent smell of smoke and spices that permeated the surrounding area.  The client, a new and enthusiastic Toronto developer, saw this place as an opportunity to create something special–something that would heal the wound in the neighbourhood left by the misplaced industrial outfit; something the residents would embrace.

"The site, a former sausage factory...had been the subject of much discussion amongst neighbours..."

The design was conceived of as two parts: the first facing Dundas St. W., a bustling mixture of shops, restaurants, and apartments; the second facing Montrose, a quiet family-oriented street.  The Dundas-facing portion consists of a retail-restaurant space on the ground floor and two 2-bedroom/2-bath apartments above, each with a view to the park across the street.  The Montrose portion, however, leant itself to a different program.  It consists of two, 3-storey, semi-detached houses, one a mirror of the other; similar to the pattern of housing already present on that street.  Both the apartments and townhouses have access to private roof decks, providing the tight urban lots with some much-needed amenity space. 

The materials chosen for the exterior reflect both the site’s industrial roots as well as the client’s desire to instil a sense of currency into the area with an unashamed modern aesthetic.  While playing off neighbouring buildings in terms of massing and alignment, the corten and glass façades contribute to the area’s already interesting mix of architectural styles, giving it a taste of the 21st century.