It’s all Goode for one of the last buildings in Toronto’s Distillery District

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

The Goode, a 32-storey building at 33 and 37 Parliament St. will be one of the last residential buildings constructed in Toronto’s  Distillery District.

Designed by architectsAlliance, and built by Graywood Developments, the development will include a large roof-top terrace with a swimming pool and garden atop the 10-storey podium overlooking Distillery Lane.

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The Toronto firm says the design will use masonry alongside glass and metal, which ties the podium to the Distillery’s distinct aesthetic and complements the existing character of the neighbourhood.

On the tower, repetitive metal bands frame windows on every other floor, breaking up the massing and getting more granular with height, while a pattern of windows adds playfulness and texture to the exterior.

Physical connections between the building and The Distillery will be the L-shaped podium that carves out new publicly accessible space behind The Goode.

The building’s name is a nod to Gooderham & Worts, once one of the largest distilleries in the world and it will essentially complete the condo development in the area, and be among the last developments constructed in the area east of downtown.

Other major projects in the area include a 31-storey hotel at 60 Mill St. and one in the nearby Canary District designed by Danish architects.

The nearby Port Lands redevelopment includes 25 hectares of publicly accessible greenspace and parkland, a naturalized river and new island to the east end. The future rapid transit Ontario line subway will include a stop in Corktown.

“From the new Parliament Slip, to the extension of transit, the naturalization of the Don River, and more, the rate of change in this part of the city is unmatched,” says Graywood Developments’ President and CEO Stephen Price.

As designer of three existing condos in The Distillery District, architectsAlliance is looking forward to working, once again, amongst “one of the largest assemblages of industrial heritage buildings in Canada.”

“The Distillery has emerged as one of the most desirable residential neighbourhoods in the city, while realizing its vision as a flourishing cultural and entertainment centre,” said Peter Clewes, managing partner and design director, architectsAlliance.

“It’s been rewarding for us to revisit our initial concept – while individual design expressions evolve over time, our underlying design principle is constant: to preserve the soul of this remarkable place.”

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