T3 Sterling Road

CLIENT 

Hines

LOCATION

Toronto, Ontario

DESIGN TEAM

Janet Rosenberg & Studio (Landscape Architect)
DLR Group (Architect)
WZMH Architects (Architect)

STATUS

Under Construction

Renderings: Hines/DLR Group

T3 Sterling Road is located in Toronto’s Lower Junction neighbourhood, south of Bloor St. West and west of Lansdowne Avenue. Bordered immediately to the west by the West Toronto Railpath and the Kitchener GO Transit Line, the site incorporates the new MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) housed in a revitalized auto-parts building.

The T3 project (Timber, Transit, Technology) includes 415,000 square feet of mass timber construction across three multi-tenant office buildings (6, 8 and 11-stories) with private at-grade landscapes from property line to building face, streetscape and ROW along Sterling Road, green roofs, amenity terraces, a tree-lined pathway to connect to the West Toronto Railpath, and a Privately Owned Publicly Accessible Space (POPS).

A dynamic and engaging public realm strategy is underway for the site, with a design language sensitive to the balance of new development and the cultural heritage of the surrounding neighbourhood. The landscape design will integrate place-making principles to create functional, accessible, comfortable, and beautiful spaces with seamless flow and cohesive connections across the broader site.

JRS’s scope of work includes:

  • Block 3A (mass timber building)
  • Block 3D – POPS
  • Block 4A (mass timber building)
  • Block 4C – POPS
  • Block 5A (mass timber building)
  • Sterling Road Streetscape (including streetscaping and base park for Block 2)

The 3D POPS connects to the west entrance of MOCA, functioning as a singular green space in an otherwise hardscape environment. The space features berms, linear timber benches, brick unit pavers, ample passive green space, and brick unit paving. The planting design includes clusters of trembling aspen spaced amongst singular large canopy trees – honey locust, Kentucky coffeetrees, oaks, and black locust – with a variety of Southern Ontario perennials and pollinators, shrubs, and hardy, drought-tolerant native grasses. MOCA worked with the developer to secure a seamless transition between the POPS and the west entrance to the museum.

The 3A, 5A, and 3D POPS will be complete in 2024. Both 3A and 5A buildings have been granted occupancy. Blocks 4A and 4C are in the site plan approval process, construction timing is TBD. The project is targeting LEED Gold certification.

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