Paying tribute to the Toronto Laneway House architype, the Dupont Laneway Office is set on a small triangular site tucked within one of Toronto’s few non rectangular blocks. The unusually deep lots on this block has created an informal laneway condition for pedestrians and parking access. This mix of pedestrian and vehicular traffic contribute to the densification of the City’s downtown core and creates an interesting urban fabric with a sense of discovery.
Taking advantage of the new provisions for timber construction in the Ontario Building Code, this proposed five storey 10,000sf office (929sqm) is meant to capture the spirit of the beloved small turn of the century industrial buildings. The syncopated window pattern is meant to complement the diversity provided by the backs of the neighboring mixed use buildings. The building envelope was also designed to incorporate and accept urban graffiti art.