FIVE: Condos at 5 St. Joseph

Toronto, ON

Project Facts

  • Location

    Toronto, ON

  • Status

    Completed 2017

  • Size

    425,000 Sq. Ft.

  • Partner

  • Client

    Graywood, MOD Developments

FIVE, a residential development in downtown Toronto of Yonge Street and south of Bloor Street, combines traditional urban industrial architecture and contemporary design. The 425,000 square foot project restores a 1905 Gothic Revival brick warehouse at the corner of St. Joseph and St. Nicholas Streets, adding newly configured windows, roofs, and storefronts. This refurbished historic façade—the largest retention of its kind ever undertaken in Toronto—serves as the entrance archway, and contrasts the 46-storey residential tower above. The heritage preservation efforts include restoring nearly half a block of historically significant buildings on Yonge Street, as well as retaining the original paving stones along St. Nicholas. The project has already received two BILD Awards in 2011: Project of the Year – High-Rise, and Best Building Design.

Project Facts

  • Location

    Toronto, ON

  • Status

    Completed 2017

  • Size

    425,000 Sq. Ft.

  • Partner

  • Client

    Graywood, MOD Developments

Select Awards

  • 2011 – Building Industry and Land Development Association BILD Awards, Best Building Design

  • 2011 – Building Industry and Land Development Association BILD Awards Project of the Year —High-Rise

Recent Press

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"HPA have demonstrated their commitment to high quality design solutions as well as possessing the management and coordination skills to deliver large, complex urban projects."
—Gary Switzer, CEO, MOD Developments
"HPA have demonstrated their commitment to high quality design solutions as well as possessing the management and coordination skills to deliver large, complex urban projects."
—Gary Switzer, CEO, MOD Developments

Integrating heritage buildings with a modern sculptural tower, the design of 5 St. Joseph creates a vibrant relationship between restoration and contemporary design. Located on St. Nicholas, a quiet, Victorian-era lane connects the busy tourist area of Yonge Street to Queens Park and the University of Toronto campus. The project boasts access to both an active urban connection and a pedestrian-scaled residential neighbourhood.

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Integrating heritage buildings with a modern sculptural tower, the design of 5 St. Joseph creates a vibrant relationship between restoration and contemporary design. Located on St. Nicholas, a quiet, Victorian-era lane connects the busy tourist area of Yonge Street to Queens Park and the University of Toronto campus. The project boasts access to both an active urban connection and a pedestrian-scaled residential neighbourhood.

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In the heart of Toronto's historical district, this project is a marriage of old and new, combining the turn-of-the-century, industrial facades with the modernist lines, extensive glazing, and a high-rise residential tower.

In the heart of Toronto's historical district, this project is a marriage of old and new, combining the turn-of-the-century, industrial facades with the modernist lines, extensive glazing, and a high-rise residential tower.

The elegant tower features contiguous glass curves and undulating balconies, and a 6,000 square foot outdoor roof garden. To activate the St. Nicholas Street laneway and encourage a pedestrian thoroughfare, new façades inspired by the former buildings will include space for retail uses.

The elegant tower features contiguous glass curves and undulating balconies, and a 6,000 square foot outdoor roof garden. To activate the St. Nicholas Street laneway and encourage a pedestrian thoroughfare, new façades inspired by the former buildings will include space for retail uses.

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While remaining proportionate to its site in scale, the tower serves as the signature attraction of the project. The 48-storey tower features façades with undulating balcony panels, articulated with fritted glass that cascades down to meet the rooftop of the historical podium below.

While remaining proportionate to its site in scale, the tower serves as the signature attraction of the project. The 48-storey tower features façades with undulating balcony panels, articulated with fritted glass that cascades down to meet the rooftop of the historical podium below.

Select Awards

  • 2011 – Building Industry and Land Development Association BILD Awards, Best Building Design

  • 2011 – Building Industry and Land Development Association BILD Awards Project of the Year —High-Rise

Recent Press