“It is a rare occurrence for a great building to be completed by the same person who began it” - Leon Battista Alberti
This is a self-guided project, based on a common premise: to develop a highly individual position on the critical role of design begins with the reoccupation of an existing building and structure.
The project is proposed to address community issues and energy generation and consumption of Toronto’s post-war residential apartment buildings. By transforming the penthouses into the main communal areas of the chosen building, and henceforth the post-war building in its surrounding, their inhabitants will have accessibility to great facilities such as a gym, a business and presentation lounge, library space, a party room. Children, teens, and even will have access to a space designated to [in this case] arts and crafts classes, as well as, exhibition and gallery space.
Moreover, by proposing metal over-clad- ding and an accessible green roof, providing a plethora of technical environmental benefits, the Roof Garden will be designed as a vast garden park that provides plenty of spaces for strolling, lingering, intimacy and gathering. Cladding panels will be outfitted to the exterior of a building to control how much sunlight hits the building. It will lower heating and air conditioning costs by helping to insulate the building.
“Permanence is not a matter of the materials you use. Permanence is whether people love your building.”
Floor Plan & Interior Renderings
The renovation and re-envisioning of this 18 storey residential building, built 45 years ago, gives the opportunity to the inhabitants to enjoy and share their residence with pride. Now the residents will have the opportunity to share space, interact with their fellow neighbors and guests in the inviting and welcoming lobby, as well as the party room, which consists of a kitchenette dining and rooftop dancing area. Moreover, a soundproof theatre room in the vicinity of a big open space with comfortable couches known as the library that is for working, reading and relaxation. This space opens up to the terrace, which also has areas for sitting and is equipped with exterior heating so the residents can use the facilities during the colder seasons as well.
The residents have access to a relatively small but a great open and bright exercise room. With few gym equipment and flooring appropriate for yoga.
Don Valley View Tower
Location: North York, Ontario, Canada Lot Area: 9,515 m2 (102,365 sq.ft) Roof Area: 1,206 m2 (12,980 sq.ft) Completion: 1968
To express the essence of old and new and materialize the architectural design, the basic themes of the exterior cladding, and interior design are set out to be ‘a communal area that exudes the feel of classic and digital art ‘and ‘the union of tradition and innovation’. To achieve the building’s concept image, which is digital pixels that as a whole form a new image to represent the Don Valley View Tower community one third of the façade of the building, from rooftop-down, cover- cladded with square metal and colourful cladding systems that represent the pixels. The spaces including: the main communal spaces, as well as the art classes, and exhibition space, are finished by natural materials, angular and colourful furniture that resemble the tradition vs. digital art, also pixels vs. painting and sculpture and old vs. new architecture.
Metal over-cladding and an accessible green roof, provide a plethora of technical environmental benefits, the roof garden is designed as a small garden park that provides plenty of spaces for strolling, lingering, intimacy and gathering. Cladding panels are outfitted to the exterior of a building to control how much sunlight hits the building. It will lower heating and air conditioning costs by helping to insulate the building. Full-height windows all around the space project to reveal long views of the city