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Nearly 3,000 condo units, meanwhile, will be spread out over three buildings. The first two, by Core Architects, sold out last year. The third phase — a 31-storey flatiron building designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects — will serve as a gateway to the development.
Residences in the 427-unit flatiron building range from studios to three bedrooms. Suites range in size from 395 to 1,225 square feet, with prices starting in the high $400,000s.
“Dupont takes a bend towards the north around our site, and as it gets west of the site it comes back to its regular position,” says Michael Conway, an associate partner at Hariri Pontarini Architects, who says the shape makes it a natural fit for a flatiron.
Moreover, its shape will enhance the park that’s there, “which previously felt a lot more like a backyard,” says Conway.
“There was a small entrance to it off Dufferin and then it extended down the site,” he says. “By creating a diagonal road through the site, it allowed us to add on a park to the existing [green space], while opening up the access along the entire road and increasing the porosity with the neighbourhood.”
The new park will be eight acres and, together with a skating rink, an attractive addition to the project. There will also be a trail running through the park, which will be divided into three distinct zones.
The building itself will feature “hard-working materials that speak to the former industrial uses of the building, as well as its proximity to the rail line,” says Conway. Curved balconies will appear on the bow, along with detailed rungs up top, inspired by the radiator plant that once operated there, says Conway.