North York, Toronto
Even great designs need updating every now and then, and this condo courtyard is ready for a facelift!
Because this site is tied into below-grade parking and building foundations, it is a high priority to preserve some of the systems while minimizing changes to the infrastructure. This means working with the existing levels and keeping the expansive water feature.
The outcomes we are looking for are:
-Provide an intriguing tapestry for those viewing the courtyard from the residential balconies above.
-Increase accessibility and usability of the site while encouraging residents to spend some time in this sheltered oasis.
Two concepts are shown here; one which utilizes minor changes and mirrors the landscape that exists with a few upgrades, and one which introduces an entirely new aesthetic and experience.