Today we shine the spotlight on The Carlaw. The project, by Streetcar Developments, consists of a 12-storey L-shaped tower and line of attractive townhomes. Located at 345 Carlaw Avenue, in the heart of up-and-coming Leslieville, this project is part modern glass and steel rejuvenation, and part warm brick neighbourliness.
The Carlaw's handsome exterior is thanks to the talents of TACT Architecture, who have incorporated masonry bricks as homage to the area's rich, industrial heritage. The exterior combines multiple textures and materials, as if woven together, in a style that principal architect Prishram Jain describes as "warm modernism". Curtain wall glass, a system reserved mostly for higher-end, luxury buildings, is the exterior's innovative crowning jewel. From an artist's perspective, the collage of calm horizontals and active verticals creates a delicate and impressive balance that is sleek, yet inviting. Interiors are by Seven Haus Design.
Apart from being a stunning addition to the neighbourhood, the location of The Carlaw speaks for itself. Located just a quick walk from the greenery of Jimmie Simpson Park and the delights of Queen Street East's restaurants and shops - such as Brick Street Bakery, Ed’s Real Scoop, Te Aro and Ceili Cottage - The Carlaw is surrounded by culture and activity.
In the newest renderings, we are introduced to the details of the lobby, as well getting as a better look at the townhomes and the north side of The Carlaw.
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