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River City Phase 3

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Toronto, ON
Building Structure Type:
Urban Capital
Saucier + Perrotte Architects/ZAS Architects (joint venture)
Bluescape (Construction Manager)
Number of Storeys:
320,000 sq.ft.
Practice areas

The award winning River City development is a community of over 1,100 loft-style condominiums, family-friendly townhouses, and ground floor retail. Phase 3 is a 32-storey residential tower with distinctive architectural boxes on the west exterior building elevation that were achieved utilizing cantilevered concrete walls. The 5 to 8-storey podium contains a mixture of uses (residential, amenity, loading dock, retail and parking on a ramped structure) that required intense study to align the tower columns through the podium level and avoid deep structural transfers.

Another unique challenge is that the building is located in the West Don Lands adjacent to the Don River and situated on top of a Flood Protection Landform. To protect and preserve the clay core of the Flood Protection Landform the lowest level is a structural suspended slab and foundations are a combination of steel piles and cast-in-place piles (caissons) down to the bedrock.

The total constructed area is approximately 320,000 sq. ft. The project is also adopting a sustainability approach and is targeting LEED® Gold certification. The River City project has won multiple design awards including BILD’s Best Design Award for Best High Rise Building Design, a People's Choice Award and a Toronto Urban Design Award.

  • BILD Award for Best High-rise Building Design  BILD: GTA  |  2015