Our masterplan for the Don Mills redevelopment project is tested here with one of the first residential buildings for its integration of modernist ideologies borrowed from the mid-century plan, now intensified with the multivalent and diverse infusion of mixed-use architecture.
Considered in the Round
At the edge of our newly designed Don Mills’ greenway, Flaire Condominium, like the landscape it emerges from, has no distinguishable ‘back’. It was designed to be all ‘front’.
Two 11-storey towers are connected by a podium bridge. Together they introduce the newly imagined Don Mills Centre with an unexpected architecture wrapped by balconies of undulating ribbons of glass and perforated metal. The project expands the entire site, and addresses residents approaching the building from the mall or street side without feeling like one is more important than the other.
Borrowing from sculpture practice, the building is conceived ‘in the round’ meaning it has been designed with equal consideration for all sides. No units are privileged over others.
Ultimately the building envelope is extruded to maximize efficiency, while subtle shifts in each projecting balcony create a continuous and shifting flow in the building shape to offer flexibility in unit distribution where suite designs benefit from unique two-part balustrades that balance abundant light and views with privacy for residents. The strength of this approach is that we eliminate the problematic ‘inside corner’ and every unit effectively becomes a desirable ‘corner unit’.
“The idea of variation in architecture is usually perceived as adding more complication and expense in the building process. As architects, we know that we are only as good as what gets built. That means we do not take complexity for granted and challenge ourselves to use simple means for complex results. Rather than falling back on easy approaches, we become partners with those responsible for bringing the project to realization…”
FRAM Building Group
Don Mills, Toronto, Ontario
256,900 sq.ft., 285 units
Structural — RJC Engineering
Mechanical & Electrical — MV Shore Associates
Site Servicing — MMM Group
Interior — Munge Leung Design Associates
Landscape — Baker Turner