Centrally located within Liberty Village at the southern end of Hanna Street, where the GO train railway corridor terminates the City street grid, this project provides thirteen stories of “live-work” residential lofts. The project occupies a transitional location between the residential buildings to the east and commercial buildings to the west.
The L-shaped plan frames a south-facing forecourt featuring stands of birch trees, diagonal paths and integrated outdoor seating. The forecourt leads to the front door that in turn provides access to a through-lobby connecting the forecourt with an existing lane-way along the north edge of the site. In addition to providing a front desk and elevator access, the lobby serves as an anteroom to spaces that provide offices, meeting rooms, and an art gallery. Here residents can conduct business meetings in a setting that is augmented by exhibition spaces for neighborhood artists. An adjacent fitness centre features a basketball half-court in addition to traditional exercise and yoga rooms.
Most suites in the building are two stories in height with living, dining and work spaces on the lower level and bedrooms and bathrooms on the upper level overlooking the double height volume of the living rooms. This arrangement is given expression on the exterior with oversized windows that provide views to Lake Ontario and the City skyline. The exterior incorporates a collage of materials and colours directly related to surrounding buildings. Bands of red masonry mimic the cladding of the adjacent 171 East Liberty Street building, while metal-clad balcony frames provide a robust industrial aesthetic that alludes to the original heritage structures of Liberty Village.