The street level component of a proposed condo development on Annette St. is set to end up a rather bland infill under the design requirements of the City of Toronto.
Looking at the image above it can be clearly seen the developers are designing under the city requirement to build into the building an element that aligns the portion of the building that runs parallel with the height of the existing buildings on either side of the new building to create a sight line that unifies the running height along the street-scape.
While this is an important consideration for some new infill buildings, such as where a historical building would be diminished in view or scale. Requiring the rule to be applied to all construction extremely limits designers and builders ability to build for use and needs to the people who are actually going to live in the building.
As more people in the city choose condo living, why not explore the opportunistic appeal of condo living, designing and creating buildings that mold in the new fabric created by the people though the their use of their community.
Below is an image of the a contemporary housing project by IKEA – the furniture company, which also builds housing. This project in Scotland, does not work to align window height,or maintain traditional fenestration coverage. It does not conform to roof design norms in the area but it does add and fit into the areas older group of buildings, being designed to bring new visual entrance views for both the roadway turn and the buildings connection to its area.
As the greater amount of Junction residential stock changes from buildings of two and two and half story houses to a greater volume of condos in the next 5 to 7 years, attention and a change will be necessarily in the communities directions to its elected persons to develop a a greater interest in urban participatory design or the community will end up with artificial build environment. [1.a predication extrapolated from the number of condo development under consideration and available lots for condos}