The Garrison is a mid-rise, 12-storey condominium located in the burgeoning Fort York Neighbourhood. Part of a masterplan that includes libraries, parks, retail and residential uses, the development forms the southwest corner of a new boulevard connecting Lower Bathurst Street to the neighborhood. The site is unique and is bounded by the Fort York National Historic Monument site to the north and the raised Gardiner Expressway to the south. Underneath the expressway, there is a hard surface public park, connected to a series of public spaces linking the City to the Waterfront.
The design responds to these site constraints by providing a continuous balcony frontage overlooking Fort York. Continuing the masonry material in surrounding historic buildings, the lower six floors are clad in a random series of masonry panels. Above, the remaining six floors set back and are enclosed in glass to create a contrasting expression that also serves to reduce the impression of the building’s height. Smaller suites are arranged along the Gardiner frontage where the building pulls back into an “L” shape. The two faces adjacent to the Gardiner are covered with metal panels and, in contrast to the courtyard, create the effect of the infrastructure shearing the building face, emphasizing the site constraints that shape the building. At-grade retail creates a public frontage to the extension of Fort York Boulevard and promenade to the north side of the Fort York Historic site.