The original Don Mount Court (circa 1968) provided housing for low income households. At the time, typical designs replaced city streets and houses with frontage with four and six storey buildings set in a self-contained property. The ground plane was largely taken up by parking and residual open space. As a result of this approach, these early projects were isolated from the surrounding community, allowing for increased crime and alienation.
Dundas Street, Toronto, Ontario
7.7 acres, 475,444 sq. ft.
Marion Hill/Intracorp/ Toronto Community Housing Corporation
Kearns Mancini Architects, in joint venture with Montgomery Sisam Architects
Toronto Home Builder Award - Best Low-Rise Project | 2007
Montgomery Sisam Architects
The regeneration of Don Mount Court (renamed Rivertowne) relies on the integration of a new mixed-income community with the surrounding neighbourhood. Integration is achieved through an archetypal Toronto pattern of urban squares, streets, and lane ways that connect with the existing city fabric.
These urban infrastructures are completed with small garden pathways and private terraces to create a granularity that breaks up the massing of the housing developments, offering both fully public and fully private elements. These blended elements help to engender interconnections within the community.
With the redesign of the housing development, the original 232 affordable rental units are replaced with geared-to-income stacked townhouses and a fully accessible four storey apartment building.
The site also incorporates 187 market condominium townhouses and achieves an overall density of 54.4 units per acre. Ultimately, the project returns to a blended street-frontage typology. By animating streets with varied massing and accommodating tenants from a range of demographics, the design of Rivertowne adds to the vibrancy and health of the greater community.
View across Don Valley Parkway
At Kearns Mancini Architects Inc. (KMAI), we understand the significance of Passive House design methodology. True sustainability comes from measures and practices we make to limit our impact on the earth, allowing us to live as we do today without continued long-term effects on the planet. We collectively, have been working on Passive House since 2009.
The mixed-use rental, family residence at One Oak Street is one of the first new projects in the revitalization of Regent Park. The project began in 2003 when the City of Toronto and the Toronto Community Housing Corporation approved the Regent Park transformational plan.
In 2012, Kearns Mancini began working on a design for a seven-storey mid-rise residential building located in the growing community of Leaside. The project completed in 2018 includes 66 units, ranging from one-bedroom units to three-bedroom-plus units. There are also 12 townhouse units, which front a quieter residential street and respond to the context of the neighbouring single-family dwellings.