Situated at the south entrance into the ‘Liberty Village’ district across the street from Kasian’s Toronto office, this two storey retail and restaurant building defines a prominent corner in a vibrant expanding mixed use community.
The site takes advantage of inward views from the elevated Gardiner Expressway and major commuter train line located south of the site. The project seeks LEED® accreditation, with the design orientated to maximize solar exposure to the south and minimize window openings to the north. Overhangs and sun shades provide adequate solar deflection during the summer season.
The concept of inward and outward display influenced the design of the three public faces of the building. At the south side, transparency at the corner and patio terrace slide outwards from the formal entrance leading to the second storey restaurant. Directly above the entrance on the east side is a unique glazed room defining a focal point to the parking courtyard in the forecourt. In contrast, the north side utilizes grade level window displays to lighten the appearance of the façade and to connect on the pedestrian level to the parking courtyard.