Quadrangle Architects

60 Atlantic

Quadrangle Architects
30. September 2015
Photo: Ben Rahn/A-Frame (All photographs courtesy of v2com)

On the night of September 16, 2015, Toronto-based Quadrangle Architects won three awards for their renovation and expansion of 60 Atlantic Avenue, a 115-year old heritage property in Toronto’s Liberty Village neighborhood for client, Hullmark Developments Ltd: a Toronto Urban Design Award, an ARIDO Award and an Architect’s Journal Retrofit Award from London, UK.

60 Atlantic boasts a unique approach to historic preservation and sets a precedent for adaptive reuse and mixed-use intensification in Toronto’s formerly industrial neighbourhoods. A contemporary Corten steel and glass service core visually slices into the original façade, authentically updating the heritage building with a spirit that honours the area’s industrial vernacular and supports the neighborhood’s new internationally connected, creative community.

Photo: Ben Rahn/A-Frame
Photo: Ben Rahn/A-Frame

A newly excavated outdoor courtyard and accessible main entrance transform the intersection into a dynamic hub that serves and strengthens the young community. Landscaping and a “60” supergraphic, by local artist Pascal Paquette, soften the brick and activate the building’s edges along Liberty St. and Jefferson Ave, creating engaging streets that enhance the pedestrian experience and foster a vibrant public realm.

Photo: Ben Rahn/A-Frame

The updated design and materials visually illustrate the building’s history. Where reconstruction and restoration were required, new gray brick was used, contrasting with the original buff brick. This augmented the building’s brick stratum, which through changing materials already told the story of its transformation over a century. On the interior, an artistic film with a historic map of the neighborhood draws on the site’s past to provide shade and privacy for its users.

Photo: Ben Rahn/A-Frame

Reflecting on this recognition Richard Witt, Principal at Quadrangle Architects declared, "We are overwhelmed to receive these three awards recognizing the project’s urban contribution and unique approach to adaptive reuse on the same night. We are encouraged by the growing support for investing in the latent value of the city’s existing building stock."

Photo: Ben Rahn/A-Frame
Photo: Ben Rahn/A-Frame
Photo: Ben Rahn/A-Frame
60 Atlantic - before
60 Atlantic - before

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