35 Golden AvenueToronto, Ontario
35 Golden Avenue is a two-storey converted furnace factory, home to a number of small- and medium-sized creative businesses. The owner of the building, Structure Corp, engaged superkul to expand the premises through a 600-square-metre addition, which includes three storeys of office space above ground-floor, open-air parking.
The new building’s parallelogram footprint takes its form from the irregular site, located at the end of a cul-de-sac abutting the railway tracks running diagonally to the city grid. The siting of the addition creates a welcoming new front courtyard for tenants, establishing a clear identity and a strongly articulated entry sequence for the building, and an outdoor space that engenders a sense of community and conviviality among tenants.
Materially consistent with the masonry of the existing building and other local factory buildings, buff yellow brick clads the street- and courtyard-facing aspects. Punched window openings and masonry lintels and sills further communicate the historic characteristics of this building typology. With a view of the railway tracks, the north-facing elevation projects a more industrial feel through a cladding strategy of fibre-cement panel overlaid with a metal bar grate – which also makes an appearance as the primary material comprising the second-storey bridge that links both buildings. On the north side of the building, the form of the sharply triangulated balconies on the second and third floors derive from the contours of the site. These valuable pockets of outdoor space provide building tenants with fresh air and provide views of the flourishing new arts precinct just 200 metres away. On the third floor, the potential exists for the eventual development of a rooftop terrace and green roof.
The interior of the project is equally focused on a contemporary interpretation of a factory building, manifest through an exposed steel structure and heavy timber decking; nail-laminated timber panels are used for the floors and stairs, consistent with their function and the history and typology of building and site.