Studio Gang designs “windproof” penthouses for very first project in Canada

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Studio Gang designs “windproof” penthouses for very first project in Canada

Studio Gang designed a residential building in the shape of a honeycomb, titled A Delisle which offers residents a year-round outdoor patio overlooking Toronto, Canada. The project is designed as a windbreaker inspired by a German beach chair known as the Strandkorb. The tower will span up to 47 floors, with each separate penthouse covering a third or half of the 16-sided building, and provide residents with hotel-style amenities.

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For this project, the architecture studio studied dense urban areas around the world and how wind can be tough while creating high-rise neighborhoods, especially when residents are looking for residences with balconies, terraces and patios. habitable and usable exteriors. The structure protects the balconies from wind and snow on the sides and on the top, making the outdoor spaces accessible also during winter.

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For the One Delisle penthouses, we wanted to connect residents to nature and offer beautiful views of the city. To do this, our design reinterprets high-rise architectural elements, such as balconies and rooftop gardens, in the urban equivalent of a porch or backyard – social spaces that occur more naturally when ‘we live closer to the ground. These terraces and balconies are protected from rain, wind and snow, creating microclimates that extend the seasons of use beyond summer. – Margaret Cavenagh, Director of Interior Design at Studio Gang.


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The interiors of the penthouses feature natural stone fireplaces and a refined dining area with glass-walled wine cabinets. The kitchens were designed as the focal point of the home, surrounded by open floor plans and a custom pill-shaped island designed by the architectural firm. Natural stone countertops were used to bring warmth and texture to the space, paired with lacquered cabinetry.

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The project is the very first project of the Chicago-based architecture firm in Canada and is fast becoming an architectural landmark in the Canadian city created by Slate Asset Management. In mid-2021, Studio Gang and The Community Builders won the City of Chicago’s C40 Reinventing Cities, a competition that aims to “transform underused sites or buildings into beacons of sustainability and resilience and serve as a showcase for future zero carbon urban developments ”. The winning proposal will create 207 residences for the downtown workforce earning as little as minimum wage, revitalize Pritzker Park, and add community spaces and amenities to the Chicago Loop.

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