100 Yorkville at Bellair

Invar Building GRP

Location Toronto, Ontario
Status Completed 2009
Size 270,000 sq.ft / 25,000 m²
Partner David Pontarini
JV Young + Wright Architects

100 Yorkville at Bellair is a mixed-use development in the heart of Yorkville, a densely urban district of high-end retail, dining, and residences. Traversing the centre of a block, the project weaves itself in and around the existing neighbourhood. Organized around a landscaped courtyard, the development includes retail, commercial, and residential uses. The western and eastern edges are bookended by two condominium towers of eight and 17 storeys. To the north, along Scollard Street, a row of traditionally-styled townhouses help the project blend with the low-rise, Victorian-era surroundings. The southwestern edge, along Yorkville Avenue, incorporates the 1923 façade of the original Mount Sinai Hospital. Completing the southern streetscape is a two storey retail building that is interrupted by a row of existing houses.

The project employs a visual vocabulary of light and colour, material and texture, openness and shelter. A common approach to architectural detail and expression unifies the structures. The dominant materials—pre-cast stone, copper, and glass—were selected for their contemporary yet enduring qualities, and harmoize with the neighbourhood’s character. Large windows and pedestrian passageways break up the visual and physical bulk of the buildings and help them integrate with their surroundings.