West Don Lands Block 1

Bringing industrial lands back to life

Client Toronto Community Housing Corporation

Part of an affordable housing initiative in the new Canary District, this three-building cluster sits on former industrial lands near the mouth of the Don River. The low and midrise buildings surround a central courtyard designed to give residents quality open space. It features a water play area for kids, a pergola for shade, group table and tree-lined seating areas.

A low wall on the property is imprinted with horseshoes which, along with a historical plaque, commemorate the King Street Carhouse that once stood here. Connecting the buildings is a private, curbless, pedestrian-focused laneway system known as a woonerf. The sustainability of this LEED Gold project is supported by high albedo permeable paving, drought tolerant plants and water harvesting for irrigation.

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Toronto, Canada
8,100 sq m
Opened 2015


  • Landscape Architecture
  • Construction Documents
  • Contract Administration

Project Team

Core Architects, FORREC Ltd., R.V. Anderson Associates Ltd., LKM & Partners – Division of SNC Lavalin, DH Water Management

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