The transformation of this heritage-designated property in the Yorkville district of Toronto preserves the original character and impact of its Italianate design on the streetscape. The design intent is to provide the heritage structure with a backdrop in its simplest form with a volume that allows for a distinct architectural expression that frames the existing structure.
The floors of the four-storey addition at the rear of the lot align with those of the existing building. The new addition’s single diagonal curtain wall reduces the visual impact of the intervention by forming a simple glass plane. The east and west sides have zinc cladding and on the south elevation there are ribbon windows with zinc spandrel panels.
In this way, the three-dimensional form of the heritage building and its character-defining elements are conserved. The choice of a contrasting contemporary material reinforces the distinction between new and old. An uncluttered form and unified backdrop also serves to distinguish the heritage building from higher density developments to its rear along Bloor Street.