Co-op Housing in Toronto Goes Green


It has been quite a few years since Toronto got a new housing co-op, so it is nice to see that they are coming back and doing it in style.As John Bentley Mays has noted, "Public housing projects have traditionally been architecturally dull and oppressive places, like jails, meant to encourage tenants to move on as quickly as possible." Perhaps Mark Guslits has something to do with it- the head of the Toronto Community Housing Corp. (TCHC) used to be an enlightened real estate developer and architect. He says "We happen to have people here at the corporation who really, really like good architecture, so we just decided we would push architectural excellence."One interesting project is designed by Teeple Architects, who "sees sustainable design as a provocation for rethinking the art of architecture."


According to Canadian Architect,

The form of the building has been considered urbanistically by creating a solid street wall and taking advantage of the full volume of the site. The volume of the building envelope is carved to create openings and terraces at various levels, which will become the gardens and social spaces of the building, while permitting light to penetrate the building volume.


During construction, the project will see the promotion of local materials and products as well as a high percentage of recyclable materials such as cement board, metal siding and concrete with fly ash. Innovative technologies and materials involve fibreglass windows, high-performance glazing, heat recovery in both common areas and individual suites, rainwater collection for garden irrigation, a low-maintenance green roof, and an enhanced automated building system.::Canadian Architect

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