June 16, 2010

Congratulations to 60 Richmond East Housing Co-Operative, for winning the People’s Choice Award at the PUGS for best in show for architecture!

Runner Up: Pure Spirit at the Distillery

Honourable Mention: Arc Condos

I should also give a special shout-out to Smitherman, who was the only Mayoral Candidate in the debate who made any sense. The best line of the night was by Rob Ford, who likened Rexdale to Rosedale. Huh?

About the winner:

60 Richmond East Housing Co-Operative

DEVELOPER / CLIENT: Toronto Community Housing Corporation

ARCHITECT: Teeple Architects Inc.

GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Bird Construction Company


This iconic, 11-story, 85-unit building is Toronto’s first housing co-operative in 20 years.

Interlocking and contrasting volumes create a dynamic sculptural and spatial composition that animates the streetscape. The building wraps around its corner site while it is simultaneously perforated by a courtyard that looks outward connecting amenity space with the public realm.

The atrium draws daylight into apartments and hallways while providing sunlight and rainwater for a large, sixth floor garden.

The design incorporates a small-scale eco-system where produce from the garden supplies the resident-owned and operated restaurant and kitchen on the ground floor.

The garden is irrigated by storm water runoff; organic waste from the kitchen provides compost for the garden. Terraces throughout maximize urban green space and offer recreation opportunities.

Many innovative technologies originating from the need to contain building and maintenance costs demonstrate Teeple Architect’s dedication to integrating sustainable design into the conception of its projects.

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