James Cooper Mansion

Client: Tridel
Location: Toronto, Ont., Canada
Floor Area: 260,190 m2
No. of Units: 270
Status: Built, 2010

The James Cooper Mansion is a designated heritage building at the intersection of Sherbourne and Linden streets within 150 metres of a subway station. The neighbourhood is an established low-rise district surrounded by high intensity urban development all around. In its over-all context, this site was eminently suitable for intensification particularly in view of the need for the preservation and refurbishing requirements of the historic mansion.

A slender high-rise tower, placed on a three-storey podium, was located on this site and shaped so as to create building profiles and shadow patterns with the minimum impact to sensitive areas in the neighbour-hood.

The existing mansion was moved in its entirety to the street corner to reinforce its historic relationship to other mansions along Sherbourne Street.

The three storey podium has been designed to continue the massing, materials and proportions of the mansion, interpreting its building components in a similar but modern vocabulary. This podium also serves as the transitional component connecting the project to the adjacent existing houses and streetscape.

The tower is designed with light reflective surfaces in order to redirect sunlight to the tree lined street. The project is designed to be energy efficient to LEED standards.