Toronto’s Junction Triangle could soon be home to a new Japanese-inspired mid-rise condo constructed chiefly of wood.
The building is unique because its proposal outlines how it will feature mass timber construction techniques and Ontario cross-laminated timber. A similar condo was created along Toronto’s Queen Street East neighbourhood back in 2020.
“This is a forward looking building that will serve as a model for sustainable development as we move away from energy intensive materials typically used for these types of buildings such as concrete and steel to more healthy and renewable materials like wood,” said Gabriel Fain Architects’ in the project’s application to the city.
Interestingly, not a lot of other information is offered in the application beyond the fact that the building will include 15 one-bedroom, 11 two-bedroom and four three-bedroom suites, ranging from 722 to 1,125 sq. ft. The building’s design concept is described as “elegant and minimal,” and features ample wood and stone-inspired design. Chared wood or ‘shou-sugi-band,’ an ancient Japanese wood preservation technique, will be used on the interior of unit balconies.
Finally, the application also outlines a sizable traditional Japanese garden with a Japanese maple tree, and a garage integrated into the base of the building that features seven parking spaces for vehicles and 33 for bikes.