At the southwest corner of Eglinton and Erin Mills, Mississauga's Daniels Erin Mills community is introducing a considerable influx of residential density. Rising across the street from both the Erin Mills Town Centre shopping complex and the Credit Valley Hospital, the four building development is bringing public space—and a variety of architectural styles—to the previously vacant site.
With the project's first two towers now in the closing stages of construction, the Daniels Corporation project is transforming the face of a community which is already home to the summertime 'The Backyard Farm & Market.' Currently located across the street, the farmer's market was developed as a partnership between Daniels and a group volunteers, community members, and non-profit organizations, including Hoffman Hayes. Established in 2013, the market is designed to provide a sense of community—alongside the organic produce and baked goods—through harvest gardens, storytelling events, and children's play groups.
As the Daniels Corporation's new community continues to take shape, urban agriculture amenities will continue to be part of the mix. While conclusive details about the last townhouse phase of the project have yet to be announced, the distinctively shaped Arc—entering into construction late this year—will feature a collection of community garden plots on the 4th floor terrace. Meanwhile, the farmer's market will be moved to its permanent home on the public plaza fronting the tower (below).
For residents, the garden plots are designed to provide the same dual benefits of community-building and urban agriculture benefits as the neighbouring farmers market. In addition to fresh produce, the hope is that the active outdoor amenity space will foster interactions between residents and create the basis for shared community initiatives.
Clustered around a central green area—marketed as the 'Community Courtyard (below) —the development's buildings are also designed to foster a sense of shared space. In addition to the community garden plots, local organizations will be able to use the space, bringing activity—and amenities—to the centre of the new neighbourhood.
The 19-storey Arc is designed by Kirkor Architects Planners, with interiors by HOK. Alongside the phase I and II 'Skyrise' and 'West Tower' buildings, Arc will be joined by a collection of townhouses to its south. For more information about the community, make sure to check out our dataBase file, linked below. Want to share your thoughts? Leave a comment in the space below this page, or join the conversation in our associated Forum thread.
|Related Companies:||HOK, Isotherm Engineering Ltd., Kirkor Architects Planners, Land Art Design, Live Patrol Inc., Mannington Commercial, The Daniels Corporation|