245 QUEEN EAST. TORONTO
CLIENT: One Properties. SCOPE OF WORK: Urban Design, Architecture. SIZE: 350 000 SF. LOCATION: 245 Queen East St.. Toronto, Ontario. Canada. STATUS: Design.
TEAM: Architect. Urban design, podium design: S9 Architecture. Architect. Tower Design: Arquitectonica. Executive Architect: Sweeney & Co. Architects
THE ARCHITECTS NEWSPAPER
MARCH 03, 2016
"Arquitectonica in collaboration with New York firm S9 Architecture and Toronto-based Sweeney & Co. Architects have designed three mid-rise residential towers in Toronto, the tallest of which will be 526 feet high.The project is being spearheaded by WAM Development Group and will occupy a four-acre plot between 245–285 Queen East and Sherbourne and Ontario Streets as well as 348–412 on Richmond. (...)At pedestrian level, the towers will be connected by a retail podium and public space. According to regional commentary forum Urban Toronto the “massive redevelopment will completely change the height, density, and urban character of Queen and Sherbourne." -- Jason Sayer
FEBRUARY 26, 2016
"When a row of designated heritage structures came down three years ago at 267 Queen St East, followed by the assembly of more than ten properties stretching from 245 to 285 Queen East between Sherbourne and Ontario Streets plus the corresponding properties to the south at 348 to 412 Richmond, it became evident that something large was in the works for this 4-acre site just east of downtown. Now, with the publication of documents covering redevelopment plans by Edmonton-based WAM Development Group, the initial details of a proposed 3-tower retail and condo development have now come to light.
The development is designed by a team including New York-based Arquitectonica, with New York-based S9 Architecture on the podium, and Toronto-based Sweeny &Co Architects. To be comprised of three interconnected towers sitting astride a variety of mid-rise podium structures—composed of new construction with some saved heritage brick warehouse facades—and joined at street level by a series of retail-and-dining-lined pedestrian alleys, this massive redevelopment will completely change the height, density, and urban character of Queen and Sherbourne." -- Adrian Gamble