The Town of Leaside was designed in 1912 to become a “model town” with the intention of becoming the “new Rosedale” with plans for residential, commercial and town centre areas. The Upper House is located in the area originally intended for the town centre, on a prominent street corner, allowing the building to become a gateway into the neighbourhood. The building is designed to accomodate the shift from single-family dwelling to multi-unit housing, tailoring most specifically to dwellers who are downsizing their space and want to be part of an active community.
The design of the Upper House makes virtue of municipal planning requirements that state that mid-rise housing blocks must step back in order to transition and blend into existing neighbourhoods. Simultaneously, this allows each unit to have access to outdoor space. Ground-level units will have landscaped patios; mid-building suites will have balconies; and where the building steps back at the top, large terraces are created.
The seven-storey mid-rise building, the Upper House features 66 suites, ranging from one-bedroom units to three-bedroom-plus-den units. There are also 12 townhome units, which front a quieter residential street and respond to the context of the neighbouring single-family dwellings. The multi-unit typology establishes a building that fosters many demographics and age groups within the existing community.
80,444 sq. ft.
Knightstone Capital Management
Peter Ng, Keith Button, Olivia Keung, Tomas Mashidlauskas
Mechanical Consultant: ABL, Structural Consultant: RJC, Landscape Consultant: Fleisher Ridout
Axonometric view of building
As a result of the unconventional shape of the building, determined by the pie-shaped site, the units in the building have a unique layout that strays away from the conventional standards of ‘shoe-box’ condominiums. Its orientation towards the sun path ensures that various qualities of light enter each unit at different times of the day.
View of townhome units
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