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Yonge+Rich_LandscapeDesignQ&A_Aug32013

Toronto is maturing and John Hillier, Landscape Architect for the Yonge + RICH condos, who has completed several high-profile projects in downtown Toronto, knows this. Hillier was interviewed in late April about the Yonge + Rich project and expressed his reasoning behind the landscape design at that time.

Hillier said that “downtown Toronto living is no longer a stepping stone to the suburbs, it is a place where residents live their lives and call home.” We couldn’t agree more. The actual inspiration behind the Yonge + RICH project comes from, believe it or not, the mixture of the modern urban with its surrounding architectural legacies. Hillier believes that “this unique fusion of towering metropolitan sophistication and gritty heritage context is a real winner.”

But, Hillier’s focus has also been to create a connection within the interior as much as the surrounding exterior. When asked how he captured the “seamless connection between indoor and outdoor space so that residents experience more green spaces and blue views than they are used to seeing in downtown Toronto condos,” Hillier commented that he deviated from the usual condo roof garden by focusing on allowing all residents to have more access to various lounge and gathering spaces on the amenities level.

Overall, the Yonge + RICH project has enough elements to fit along nicely in the Yonge and Richmond neighbourhood. We’re excited to see its progress and we invite you to check back soon for more updates!

Sources:

http://www.yongeandrich.com/yonge-rich-spotlight-qa-with-john-hillier-landscape-architect-partner-dtah-architects#.UZaBI6JO98F

The newest development announced by Great Gulf in Toronto, Yonge+Rich, recently received some design changes after discussions with the City of Toronto and a presentation to the Design Review Panel.  Before we introduce you to the newest plans for this up-and-coming condo, we’ll tell you a bit about Toronto’s Design Panel Review.

What is the Design Panel Review?

The City of Toronto Design Review Panel was approved by City Council as a pilot project in June 2006 and made permanent in November 2009. It has become an important voice for the promotion of design excellence within the city and plays a significant leadership role for design professionals within the development approvals process. It provides City staff with professional design advice on public and private development. The Panel’s goal is to improve people’s quality of life by promoting design excellence within the public realm, including the pursuit of high quality architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and environmental sustainability.

Yonge + Rich 2.0

UrbanToronto has provided us with some new renderings, seen below.  What was a more stepped design has now been altered, assuming more of a joined look between the two towers now. It also looks as though the terraces on both platforms have been removed.  Below is a scene of the tower from the viewpoint of the southwest corner of the complex.

Yonge+Rich_DesignPanelReview_New

Sources:

http://urbantoronto.ca/news/2013/04/yonge-rich-evolves-after-visit-design-review-panel

http://www.toronto.ca/planning/designreviewpanel.htm

Have a look at the future site of YONGE + RICHmond Condos at 25 Richmond St E.

 

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