Pan Am / YMCA Recreation Facility

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Toronto-based firm, MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA), is part of a large integrated team responsible for the recreation centre and training facility that will form part of Toronto’s 2015 Pan Am Games Athlete’s Village. The program includes a sports medicine clinic, fitness centre, pool, and ancillary athletic and wellness facilities. The building design balances the diverse needs of the Games and the legacy recreation needs of the community, after the games.

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Through human-scaled, pedestrian friendly, user-centric civic gestures, the design of the YMCA facility supports the West Don Lands Precinct Plan and contributes to the urban vision of the Pan Am Athletes Village for a sustainable, vibrant, mixed-use community. The YMCA is operationally distinct but cohesively integrated on the site with the George Brown Student Housing (GBSH) complex. In collaboration with architectsAlliance and KPMB Architects.

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One Yonge by Hariri Pontarini Architects

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One Yonge by Toronto-based firm Hariri Pontarini Architects will be a mixed-use development that re-defines the typical ration between residential, commercial and retail space within a single city block. Located on the longest street in North America, this proposed landmark will comprise of six new buildings, and the re-cladding and addition of 10 storeys to the existing Toronto Star building.

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Varying in height with over 6 million square feet of accommodation, the scheme proposes a 40-storey office tower, a 70-storey tower with a hotel and branded residence, and four residential towers, the tallest being 88-storeys, all with extensive retail over three storeys.

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This iconic project proposes to also bring a significant change to the public realm. With a commitment to a high quality streetscape, a dramatic sculpted canopy will animate the north-west corner of the site (at Yonge and Lakeshore Road), while sidewalks around the development will be widened to accommodate the increased pedestrian traffic. In addition, the buildings will also be surrounded a courtyard with a woonerf-style access.

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One Yonge will connect directly to the climate-controlled path allowing users and residents to access Union Station (Toronto’s central train station), the future regional bus terminal and the existing TTC transit stop at Union.

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The master planned development will transform and re-vitalize the area acting as a gateway for the extensive redevelopment of the East Bayfront area, directly east of the site. This project will set a new standard for smart growth and densification.

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Project information:

Location:
1 Yonge Street, Toronto, Canada

Size:
6.4 million square feet

Client:
Pinnacle International

Hariri Pontarini Architects Team:
David Pontarini
Michael Attard
Jodi Buck
Ali Yarbakhti
Alan Wong
Raymond Chu
Matthew Hallett
Mark Azevedo

Consultant Team:

Bousfields Inc., Planning and Urban Design
BA Group, Traffic and Transportation
Al Underhill & Associates, Civil Engineering
NAK Design, Landscape Architect
Novus, Wind, Noise, Odour and Vibration
R. Bouwmeester & Associates, Shadow Studies
R. Avis & Associates, Surveyor

Icon by Hariri Pontarini Architects

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A new era in Ottawa’s skyline is about to commence with Icon, designed by Toronto-based firm Hariri Pontarini Architects. The mixed-use structure will be the capital’s tallest tower transforming the cityscape and driving sustainable growth in the city’s future development. The plan, which is part of the area’s revitalization, will bring a mix of uses to meet both the existing and future needs of the community, The 45-storey tower is comprised of parking, retail, commercial and residential units.

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The curved detail of the balconies reflect the surrounding landscape and nearby lake. The rectilinear podium provides a contrasting element while creating a solid base on which the upper levels transition towards.The vertically stacked, yet irregular facade provides a rhythmic and syncopated pattern that starts from the ground level reaching the top penthouse.

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The design of the ground level responds to the different streetscapes which it faces.  The lake-facing facade pulls back at the seventh floor to help define the lower podium. While on the commercial area, the structure retreats on the fifth floor to provide a smooth transition to the adjacent business.

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Project information:

Location:
505 Preston Street, Ottawa, Ontario

Size:
21 000 sqm

Client:
Claridge Homes

Hariri Pontarini Architects Team:
David Pontarini
Ken Lee
Steven Avis
Alan Wong

Consultant Team:

Goodeve Manhire, Structural Engineer
Smith + Anderson, Mechanical & Electrical Engineer
James B Lennox & Associates, Landscape Architect
IBI Group, Site Service
FoTenn, Planning & Urban Design