Five great Toronto condos… From The Globe and Mail

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See the original article at The Globe and Mail(#5 in the Gallery), or download the printed version below.

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Architecture Lisa Rochon chooses five buildings that give back to the city

ART Condos. Oleson Worland Architects & Hariri Pontarini Architects; Triangle West Developments. South of Queen Street West, at the foot of Dovercourt Road, it’s only right that you should unpack your expectations of the ordinary. Gary Silverberg, an artist who became the lead developer of ART, collaborated with architect David Oleson to deliver a midrise building that enlivens the ground plane rather than turn its back on the street. There are colourful tiles to add some textural pop to the building’s precast concrete facade, and live-work artists’ studios that look out onto the sidewalks through black aluminum-framed windows. Making room for art and music to flow onto the street comes in sharp contrast to the drycleaners and drug stores that typically sit at the base of Toronto’s condo towers. Designed for the culturally savvy millennial generation, there’s a sound and light installation that transforms the building’s loading dock every day at dusk. Coming up: ART’s (expensive) expansion of the sidewalk on Sudbury Avenue, with custom-designed lounge furniture.