Three, Two, One

Three Twenty One

One, Two, Three Midrise

The non-con­form­ing Dav­en­port Road, which winds through the city of Toronto’s rigid grid of streets, becomes the con­tex­tu­al start­ing point for this project. The site offers a unique oppor­tu­ni­ty to lever­age its extra­or­di­nary con­text in order to cre­ate a one-of-a-kind midrise build­ing on this main street ripe for rede­vel­op­ment. New datum lines are defined by the archi­tec­tur­al ele­ments of this 8‑storey exam­ple of the midrise typol­o­gy, invit­ing future devel­op­ment to fill-in the sparse street edge at this fresh scale.

View of Three Twen­ty One site along south curve of Dav­en­port Road.

The new build­ing for 321 Dav­en­port Road is designed to nes­tle into the tree-filled Annex neigh­bor­hood on three sides, while its frontage along Dav­en­port Road lever­ages the curv­ing nature of the street. Fac­ing Design­ers Walk to the north-east, the build­ing embraces the dynam­ic nature of this con­text and express­es a sophis­ti­cat­ed, design-for­ward pres­ence in the form of a gen­tle curv­ing glass vol­ume that defines its unique char­ac­ter and promi­nent image.

“The taut, curv­ing glass is seem­ing­ly stopped in motion by a min­i­mal­ist, ribbed vol­ume.”

The build­ing mass­ing jux­ta­pos­es the taut, curv­ing glass which is seem­ing­ly cap­tured by a min­i­mal­ist vol­ume of dark coloured per­fo­rat­ed alu­minum which, in turn, is artic­u­lat­ed in a ver­ti­cal pat­tern. The con­trast­ing columns with their sub­tle tex­tured fin­ish com­pli­ment the high-per­for­mance glass sheath which lifts off the ground plane to allow the street-lev­el entrance to respond to the pedes­tri­an scale. It reflects the bespoke char­ac­ter of the build­ing and its inhab­i­tants who are invit­ed to enjoy views across the rich tex­ture of the adja­cent neigh­bour­hood, and across the city sky­line to the south from the large ter­races and gen­er­ous bal­conies. The high-per­for­mance glass sheath furls and lifts off the ground to allow the street-lev­el entrance to respond to the pedes­tri­an scale at the side­walk.

Three Twen­ty One was named the Best Mid Rise Build­ing Design in 2020 by the BILD Awards.

Project Facts

  • Client

    Alter­ra Group

  • Location

    Yorkville, Toron­to, Ontario

  • Size

    9 storeys, 23 units

  • Status

    Under Con­struc­tion

  • Sub-Consultant Team

    Civ­il — IBI Group
    Plan­ner — Bous­fields
    Struc­tur­al — Jablon­sky Ast & Part­ners
    Mechan­i­cal & Elec­tri­cal — MV Shore Asso­ciates Lim­it­ed
    Geot­ech­ni­cal — EXP
    Ener­gy Mod­el­ling — EQ Build­ing Per­for­mance
    Build­ing Code — Mat­teo Gil­fil­lan & Asso­ciates
    Acoustics & Vibra­tion — HGC Engi­neer­ing
    Hydro­ge­ol­o­gy — Mor­ri­son Envi­ron­men­tal
    Shoring — Tar­ra Con­sul­tants
    Arborist — Canopy Con­sult­ing
    Sur­vey — Sca­ef­fer Dzal­dov Ben­net
    Traf­fic — BA Con­sult­ing Group

  • Renderings

    Norm Li
    Office In Search Of