Audax Projects Featured in Toronto's New Low-Rise Building Guidelines
January 2016 - Last April Gianpiero Pugliese, Principal of Audax, was invited to advise the City of Toronto on their creation of new Townhouse and Low-Rise Apartment Guidelines. Recommendations covered site context, site organization, building massing and design, and pedestrian realm. Pugliese was part of an advisory panel put together by the Toronto Society of Architects that included members from TACT, 5468796 Architecture, and Kohn Partnership Architects. Audax has demonstrated expertise in this area, with several infill low-rise and mid-rise multi-unit projects in dense urban neighbourhoods which have been recognized in the industry for their contextually sensitive designs, great outdoor spaces, and highly functional interior layouts. Two of Audax's low-rise multi-unit projects, KEW Beach Living and Edition Richmond, have been included in the City's report as favourable examples. The new guidelines, now drafted by the City, covers a range of low-rise building types including townhouses, stacked and back-to-back townhouses and apartment buildings. They build upon and supplant the "Infill Townhouse Guidelines" which have been in use by the City of Toronto for over 10 years.The City is expecting to send a revised version to the Planning and Growth Committee in May 2016. Photo: Edition Richmond, a three-storey townhome and condo development designed by Audax, located at 850 Richmond Street West. The project's design is used as an example in the City's report. Click here to download the PDF.