Location: Toronto, Ontario
Methods & Tools: Rhino5, 3Ds Max, AutoCAD 2014, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop
Facing the busy intersection of Dundas Street West and Roncesvalles Avenue, and wedged against the residential laneway of Herman Avenue, the Patch Pocket is a mixed-use building featuring a podium that includes a preschool and retail amenities, as well as a residential tower. It provides a public connection in the form of a raised pocket park – a quiet public space for residents, business workers, and visitors seeking refuge nearby. The preschool’s main lobby is situated at the level of the park, and serves as a congregation area that connects to two separate play areas – one that serves two individual play areas that face the park and residences, the other for a large indoor activity area that faces the park and the main street. The windows which frame the activities within serve to animate the neighbourhood, in the same way that they serve to frame the surrounding neighbourhood to animate the spaces within. The preschool’s outdoor play area is located on the roof, activating the roofscape for those inhabiting the residential tower. The tower features six residential units comprised of two unit types, each interlocking each other allowing for grand, double-heighted living spaces. The massiveness of the brick walls integrate with the window openings to create the inhabitable bay windows that recur throughout the building.