The Distillery District is an extraordinary complex of 19th century brick and limestone industrial buildings on Toronto’s east side. aA created a Master Plan for the development of residential and commercial uses compatible with the District’s rebirth as a cultural and recreational destination. Subsequently aA has been commissioned to design two major architectural projects on the site: Pure Spirit and Clear Spirit.
Both projects relate to the scale of their historic neighbors, and respond to both the intimacy of the surrounding 19th century streetscape and the site’s panoramic views. Pure Spirit is anchored by a base building of stores, residential lofts and terrace units, topped by a slender 32-storey point tower. Clear Spirit is a three-building assemblage that defines the south and east perimeters of the District, with two glass-clad residential towers facing a low “ribbon building” with a planted roof.
CITYSCAPE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
PS: $63 MILLION / CS:$150 MILLION
PS: 40,273 m2 / 377 units
CS: 73,600 m2 / 827 units