Bold in its architectural expression, Bianca is a nine-storey boutique mid-rise condominium featuring a contemporary, all-white façade and terraces that provide sweeping views of the neighbourhood.
Architect: Teeple Architects Location: Toronto, Canada Architect of Record: Kirkor Architects Landscape Architects: NAK Design Group Engineers: Jablonsky, Ast and Partners (Structural) / MCW (Mechanical and Electrical) / RV Anderson Assoc. Ltd (Civil) / BA Consulting Group (Transportation) / Bousfields (Planning) / EXP (Building Envelope) / Provident Energy Management Inc (Sustainability) Teeple Architects Team: Stephen Teeple, Martin Baron, Fadi Salib, Guido Chiarito, Cam Parkin Kirkor Architects Team: Carlos Antunes, Ali Lalmohammadi, Christina Lee Photography: Pureblink
From the architect: An artificial hillside is created by sloping the south side of the building that faces Dupont Street. This hillside will become filled with texture and colour when its residents begin to use the space. Influenced by Rachel Whiteread’s sculpture Embankment at the Tate Modern, Teeple Architects’ design carves a three-dimensional grid into the hill, creating spaces for suites and terraces. Gaps and imperfections were introduced to the grid to give a naturalness to the form and create complex spaces within the facade itself. The result is a rich façade reminiscent of a Mediterranean hillside village.
Following an extensive study to examine the redevelopment potential of Dupont Street, now one of Toronto’s busiest thoroughfares, this formerly industrial corridor is about to transform into one of the city’s most preeminent arts and cultural corridors, with a multitude of new residential developments planned for construction. Bianca’s massing is appropriate for the nearby Dupont subway station, future mid-rise developments for this stretch of Dupont, and the proximity to the CP Rail corridor. At grade, the frontage of the site connecting to Dupont Street is designated for ground floor retail that will encourage foot traffic, offer additional urban conveniences to the neighbourhood residents, and encourage local businesses.