Designed by ZAS Architects Inc. and Saucier + Perrotte Architects
Photos by Alina Cornea Architectural Photography
River City Phase I is a 16-storey, two building condominium featuring 350 suites, and the first of a five building community of condominiums and townhouses with street-level restaurants, cafes, and boutiques. The two buildings are connected by a three-level bridge walkway providing an indoor link between amenities including a fitness space, two party rooms, and a kitchen, dining, and bar area. An outdoor pool and BBQ area can be found on the rooftop garden, accessible from the third floor. The first market development on Toronto's new West Don Lands Flood Protection Landform, this project is a leader in sustainability. The required goals for the project: achieve LEED Gold certification, with a minimum net energy savings of 40% over the Model National Energy Code for Buildings (MNECB).
The design features a four-pipe fan coil unit, with chilled and heated water plant located in the penthouse mechanical rooms. The four-pipe system permits residents to select cooling or heating on demand, providing increased thermal comfort year-round. This also eliminates the heating-to-cooling change over service interruption associated with a traditional two-pipe fan coil system. Each suite is metered for independent heating and cooling water usage; owners are individually billed and responsible for their own energy consumption. Energy recovery ventilators in each suite provide energy savings on ventilation and improved air quality. Intake and exhaust grilles for suite ventilation were custom designed to seamlessly integrate into the building's signature black metal panel façade.
Each suite is individually sub-metered for electricity and water usage to encourage energy management and to reduce condominium fees. Additional energy efficiency initiatives include a master "kill switch" next to the main door in each suite to turn off all lighting, and occupancy sensors (located throughout public corridors and the parking garage) to control lighting for further energy savings.
S+A collaborated with the interior designer to create asymmetrical corridor walkway lighting designs, and modelled and rendered feature light walls for building main entrances. The courtyard area is designed with architectural LED pole lighting to illuminate the pool at night.
2015 BILD Awards - Best High Rise Design
2015 AZ Awards of Merit - Residential Architecture (Multi-Unit)
2015 Toronto Urban Design Awards - Award of Excellence
2014 PUG Awards - Best Residential Building
OAA Awards 2017 Design Excellence Finalist
2017 Design Excellence Award
2017 Lieutenant Governors Award for Architecture