Major changes are coming to the intersection of Dundas and Carlaw. Construction is already well underway on Streetcar DevelopmentsThe Carlaw, a 12-storey, TACT Architecture-designed mid-rise condominium development rising at the northeast corner of the intersection, and Streetcar is now launching sister project The Taylor this coming weekend. Standing at 7 storeys, The Taylor will extend the TACT-designed block eastward, adding 96 residential units in the form of condos, lofts, and townhouses to this hub intersection at the meeting point of two rising neighbourhoods; Leslieville and South Riverdale. 

We recently stopped by Streetcar Developments' offices near Queen and the DVP to get a firsthand look at The Taylor's scale model. The project is interesting not just on its own, but also the way in which it addresses the surrounding neighbourhood. To break up the façades of both The Taylor and The Carlaw, TACT Architecture articulated the complex's block-long frontage into multiple volumes, the most prominent being the large massing which architecturally addresses the corner of Dundas and Carlaw. The façade’s articulation continues eastward along The Carlaw's Dundas frontage with an angled window wall section, followed by a section of vertical piers.

The Taylor, TACT Architecture, Streetcar Developments, TorontoScale model of The Carlaw (L) and The Taylor (R), image by Jack Landau

Continuing on to the east, The Taylor's façade creates a transition to the townhomes at the east end of the property by stepping down its extruded balconies, as seen in the image below.

The Taylor, TACT Architecture, Streetcar Developments, TorontoScale model of The Taylor, image by Jack Landau

Details make a big difference on condominium developments and The Taylor brings plenty of interesting details to the table. Boston Avenue's southern terminus lines up with the building’s Dundas Street entrance, serving as an architectural nod to the area, while Öko Skin cladding reflects the warm tones found throughout the area in a modern way.

The Taylor, TACT Architecture, Streetcar Developments, TorontoThe Taylor's Dundas Street entrance, image by Jack Landau

As handsome as the design of this project is on its own, just as much thought has been put into how The Taylor addresses the neighbourhood around it. Residents living in low-rise properties abutting redevelopment sites are naturally concerned about the size of to new buildings they'll be living next to. Streetcar realizes that these established neighbourhoods are great for the city, and is strives to preserve—or even enhance—these conditions. Six houses immediately east of The Taylor are separated into pairs of three by a grid of back yards. Instead of encroaching onto these yards by building out entirely to the property line, The Taylor will replicate the conditions to the east and continue the rows with an additional six houses as well and an extended backyard, before stepping up to its mid-rise form to the west.  

The Taylor, TACT Architecture, Streetcar Developments, TorontoGoogle Maps aerial of The Taylor site (red), the existing townhouses (yellow) and the site of the existing and extended yard

While three of The Taylor's townhomes front onto Dundas Street, the majority of the project's towns front onto Filmic Lane, allowing the rear portion of the property to contribute to the neighbourhood's low-density atmosphere, keeping the complex's highest densities on the Dundas and Carlaw frontages.

The Taylor, TACT Architecture, Streetcar Developments, TorontoTownhouses at the rear of The Taylor and The Carlaw, image by Jack Landau

The Taylor, TACT Architecture, Streetcar Developments, TorontoTownhouses at the rear of The Taylor, image by Jack Landau

You can get a closer look at the scale model of The Taylor in the video embedded below:

The Carlaw and The Taylor provide a lot of choice for buyers, offering both urban and low-density living options. You can learn more by attending the Grand Opening at 43 Davies Avenue (Queen and DVP) on Saturday, April 26th at Noon. In order to receive details on the purchase incentive, register today at www.taylorlofts.ca or by calling 416-690-8588.

The Taylor, TACT Architecture, Streetcar Developments, TorontoRendering of The Taylor, image courtesy of Streetcar Developments

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