The bold phase should have been planned for the most visible location - along Queen.These buildings don't need to be exciting. They provide a vital service and what is important is the care that patients receive inside. They're good fabric buildings, and it's clear that CAMH is taking a more bold step with their next phase (the wavy KPMB one)
I find that Montgomery Sisam seems to favour bricks with almost no texture and variations in tone/shading - the result when combined with the lack of adornment is flat-looking facades that communicates institutional.The eastern building with the faint yellow brick and wide expanses of glass is definitely bland. But I don't mind the western building with red brick too much. There's enough variation in massing and materials to keep visual interest IMO. The grade level detailing also looks fairly sharp, and as an institutional building meets the street quite reasonably.
The trees are nice. Good to see that they used reinforced, floating sidewalks.Love the trees along Queen St.
Yea, this is bland, but it's at least fairly well detailed.
How do these hold up in Toronto winters? I read recently someone posit that one of the reasons the street trees aren't doing great along the reconstructed bits of Bloor through Yorkville is that the road salt gets kicked into the (similar) planters in winter.The trees are nice. Good to see that they used reinforced, floating sidewalks.
For those unfamiliar with these, the in-laid squares are indicative.
What this means is the sidewalk will not compact the roots.
On the downside, the openings for water are still very small and do not conform the current preferred pit design.
The current preferred design (if using a tree pit) is the metal, slatted grates.
Such as this:
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These allow far greater penetration of rain water.
Of course the overhead wires also remain; but that's not resolvable in the near-term on a streetcar route.
Salt is definitely an issue on Bloor.How do these hold up in Toronto winters? I read recently someone posit that one of the reasons the street trees aren't doing great along the reconstructed bits of Bloor through Yorkville is that the road salt gets kicked into the (similar) planters in winter.