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60 Richmond Housing Cooperative / Teeple Architects

  • 01:00 - 2 November, 2010
60 Richmond Housing Cooperative / Teeple Architects
60 Richmond Housing Cooperative / Teeple Architects, © Shai Gil Photography
© Shai Gil Photography

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Architects

    Teeple Architects
  • Principal In Charge

    Stephen Teeple
  • Project Architects

    Richard Lai (OAA), William Elsworthy
  • Project Manager

    Chris Radigan
  • Structural Engineer

    CPE Structural Consultants Limited
  • Mechanical Engineer

    Jain & Associates
  • Electrical Engineer

    Jain & Associates
  • Shoring Engineer

    Tarra Engineering Inc.
  • Geo Environmental Engineer

    Toronto Inspection Ltd.
  • Leed Consultant

    Enermodal Engineering Ltd.
  • Acoustical Consultant

    Aercoustics Engineering Ltd.
  • Specification

    DGS Consulting Services
  • Budget

    20.4M
  • Area

    99565.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

From the architect. One of Teeple Architects’ latest projects, 60 Richmond East Housing Co-operative, was completed in March of 2010. This 11-story, 85-unit mixed use building is among the first new housing co-ops to be built in Toronto in recent years. It won the Ontario Association of Architects Design Excellence Award (2010) and the Canadian Architect Award of Excellence (2007). It has achieved LEED Gold certification for environmental stewardship.

© Shai Gil Photography
© Shai Gil Photography

The project results from collaboration between the local city councilor, the hospitality workers’ union ‘UNITE HERE’, and Toronto Community Housing. Many of the tenants are being relocated here as part of the revitalization of the Regent Park social housing project. The new residents are primarily employed in the hospitality and restaurant industry.

© Shai Gil Photography
© Shai Gil Photography

The client program – a housing co-op for hospitality workers that would be economical to build and maintain – was a key inspiration for the design which incorporates social spaces dedicated to food and its production. The result is a small-scale, but nevertheless full-cycle ecosystem described as “urban permaculture”; the resident-owned and operated restaurant and training kitchen on the ground floor is supplied with vegetables, fruit and herbs grown on the sixth floor terrace. The kitchen garden is irrigated by storm water from the roofs. Organic waste generated by the kitchens serves as compost for the garden.

© Shai Gil Photography
© Shai Gil Photography

Unlike the myriad of condominiums that populate the downtown landscape, 60 Richmond was conceived a solid mass that was carved-into to create openings and terraces at various levels. The deconstructed volume creates interlocking and contrasting spaces stepping out and back from the street. This visually dynamic solution was instrumental in achieving several key objectives: Creating the kitchen garden, drawing light into the building interior and providing outdoor green space. The garden terraces created in this process also help cool and cleanse the air thus limiting heat island effect in the urban core.

© Shai Gil Photography
© Shai Gil Photography

The client’s requirement for low maintenance costs also inspired many of the design and sustainable innovations. Durable materials were combined with energy saving strategies such as insulating fibre cement panel cladding, high performance windows, a sophisticated mechanical system, heat recovery, as well as drain water heat recovery from the common laundry facilities. A reduced carbon footprint is further achieved with a low maintenance green roof and rainwater collection for the terrace gardens.

Elevation
Elevation

With 60 Richmond, Teeple Architects sought to create an innovative, sculptural and spatial composition in a manner that defines and animates a dynamic public realm. The result is a building that wraps around its corner site while it is simultaneously perforated by a courtyard that reaches outward to the street, connecting this semi-public outdoor amenity space to the public space of the city. This solution creates outdoor amenity spaces including the 6th floor garden and also provides daylighting to both residential units and hall ways.

Diagram
Diagram

With the design of 60 Richmond, Teeple Architects has created a dynamic urban form that brings a green environment into the city without dismantling the urban form. This project demonstrates the firm’s dedication to creating a dynamic and inventive urbanism where sustainable design considerations are integrated into the conception of the project. It is also an example of ‘urban permaculture’ and an exploration of the potential of the co-op as a social organization appropriate for the provision of affordable housing.

Model
Model

60 Richmond is an iconic design that showcases an innovative approach to urban infill.

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68 Comments

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wow, it's very inspiring, thank you so much

Sidou · December 04, 2012

I need the First floor plan

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Oky Gnll · December 06, 2011

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Dean · November 26, 2011

can i request? i wanna know about the plumbing system in that housing, can u show me the scheme n explain it?

thanks before.. ^^

natalia bertoldo · November 09, 2011

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Jain Sustainability · September 21, 2011

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Alexandr · July 22, 2011

yeah! really amazin futuristic job!

FrederiqueEilish · July 18, 2011

Love this building in Toronto. Some non-descript Montreal streets could use something like it. http://t.co/j2Yorte

Rebecca M Cohen · July 18, 2011

This building is gorgeous - part of Toronto Community Housing&#39s new downtown project. Hopefully lots of ppl benefit. http://t.co/6kI4eYE

Jake Merten · February 27, 2011

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diego · February 26, 2011

hi

Architektourist · February 24, 2011

Big block http://ow.ly/42sRX

Kateryna Topol · February 17, 2011

Beautiful ! @drelabre: i must go see 60 Richmond in Vancouver next time i;m there http://t.co/j7mc3dd

Greg J. Smith · February 17, 2011

...the award for this co-op housing project: http://bit.ly/anL19l – check the interior shots.

Sanjeev Sabharwal · February 16, 2011

The merging of interior and public space is excellent! The greening is, of course, axiomatically a good thing (and well detailed, too!).
Terrific job!

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Panus D. · December 25, 2010

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Eric Crabtree · November 16, 2010

Such a cool building I want to take a visit! http://is.gd/gQwEf @plethoraapp

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alex raynes-goldie · November 15, 2010

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Arno M · November 15, 2010

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YZO · November 14, 2010

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Anna Withrow · November 06, 2010

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Paul Maguire · November 06, 2010

Brilliant social green architecture in a rough part of Toronto http://t.co/feBT9Bv via @archdaily

Marco Oudshoorn · November 05, 2010

Een kantoorgebouw met eigen eco-systeem. Ik ben benieuwd hoe de dieren in de stad daar op reageren... http://bit.ly/d7CP9E

Paul · November 05, 2010

Skeptics who suspect chicanery might check Google maps StreetView for 60 Richmond St East, Toronto. You'll see an old picture of the building under construction.

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Stephen · November 04, 2010

There's minimizing envelope and then there's architecture.

Ned A. Steinman · November 04, 2010

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Luis Fernandez · November 04, 2010

Edificio que ha logrado la certificación LEED de oro para el manejo ambiental.

It has achieved
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Rafael Michalak · November 04, 2010

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Maple Leaf · November 03, 2010

I appreciate alot of what is happening. The carving out of the interior to allow for light and air to circulate is affective in improving the quality of the interior spaces. A uniquely dense urban typology. This looks far more difficult to plan, structure, and coordinate than the description seems to lead. Simple moves like the darker exterior to the lighter interior and the color at the balconies is well thought out. I do find the many shapes of the cladding a little distracting in the more detailed pics. The labor to execute this is anti cost affective.

Overall, well done.

Paula Lopes · November 03, 2010

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Brad Hollebrandse · November 03, 2010

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Steve · November 03, 2010

Does no one care about minimizing envelope anymore? Articulation is environmentally irresponsible in most places (including Toronto).

I Care · November 03, 2010

Wow! I have to comment on the astounding ignorance of the 3rd comment left here by Kyrylo. The project was actually built, you can walk by it any day of the week on Richmond St East, near Church St but you would probably not notice as you admittedly don't have your eyes open.
It's an amazing building and doesn't deserve your ignorant scorn...

Kyrylo · November 07, 2010 06:48 AM

learn to read! this was in reference to cistern

"and for a cistern? … The only reason this exists is because the “client” is some sort of a social housing program. I don’t even think it was built to begin with"

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Kyrylo · November 03, 2010

"No way any developer would do something so nice here in the USA" - What kind of a developer would sacrifice half of the floor plate that will generate revenue? .. and for a cistern? ... The only reason this exists is because the "client" is some sort of a social housing program. I don't even think it was built to begin with ... most likely was just an idea shown on a half ugly section for a submission to an architecture magazine. Tell me who will check?
Also since when is vegetation a low maintenance? I didn't know Canadians invented plants that take care of themselves in urban environment ... and hey I should keep my eyes open since I missed that! and I live in Toronto ... shame

People don't be so naive.

sojoe · February 20, 2011 03:31 AM

"What kind of a developer would sacrifice half of the floor plate that will generate revenue?"

good design sells for more. It increases the value of the surrounding properties. (probably why the city is helping out)...

this coop probably wont turn into an old regent park disaster that intensified crime and had to be demolished.

and the cistern stops sewage overflow that pollutes the great lakes and reduces the potential for the great lakes to generate income in the future since its one of the largest fresh water sources in the world. Also stops the city from having to invest in expanding sewage infrastructure.

... if a city can look beyond tomorrow, they'll place enough incentives for developers to produce good design, and even manage runoff.

and so... buildings like this are built.

very cool building, cant wait to visit it

æon · November 03, 2010

Old futuristic cartoons were not too far from what seems to be coming.

Jeffry Burchard · November 03, 2010

"The client’s requirement for low maintenance costs also inspired many of the design and sustainable innovations." I love the things that some find inspirational!

Disregarding all the mushy euphemisms of the description, this a fairly exceptional building. The formal clarity, the execution of detail, the character of the material, VERY GOOD. Of course it WOULD be in Canada and not any lower geographically. No way any developer would do something so nice here in the USA, even with all the "inspirational" marketing gimmicks.

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