GPA’s 2400–2440 Dundas St. West Project Featured in Novae Res Urbis

March 10, 2023


Novae Res Urbis: Toronto

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Office in Search Of

March 10, 2023

Prin­ci­pal Ralph Gian­none was inter­viewed in Novae Res Urbis Toron­to to dis­cuss GPA’s exten­sive urban design port­fo­lio. “It feels like, when you’re dri­ving, you want to accel­er­ate in this stretch, that there is no real good con­nec­tiv­i­ty across Dun­das between this site and the neigh­bour­hood. There’s an incred­i­ble ameni­ty which is the food store, that has great sup­port from the neigh­bour­hood, but it’s real­ly just a typ­i­cal sub­ur­ban for­mat with a big large park­ing lot in front of it.”

So our inter­ven­tion was ‘How can we cre­ate a pos­i­tive bridge between this exist­ing com­mu­ni­ty that goes into our site and then even­tu­al­ly, backs up against the rail cor­ri­dor?’ The idea was to almost cre­ate this enlarg­ing of the urban expe­ri­ence of the pub­lic realm of the street, to kind of pull in from the north to the south. The pub­lic space, we call it a largo—it’s not quite a piaz­za, it’s more of a widen­ing of the street that allows things to hap­pen in a con­tem­po­rary way.” Sub­scribe to Novae Res Urbis Toron­to here.