Fantastic plans on the way to revive an industrial landmark in Toronto

A bold proposal could breathe new life into a crumbling relic of a bygone industrial era on Toronto’s waterfront.

Plans have been submitted by developer Dream for a mixed-use development on 351-369 Lake Shore Boulevard East, a mostly barren stretch at the foot of Parliament Street, particularly home to the heritage-protected Victory Soya Mills silos.

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The proposal will include a new structure within and above the cultural heritage protected silos. Reproduction by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects.

The new application, which was approved by the Ontario Land Tribunal this spring, reveals details of an ambitious plan that includes a bold architecture, unlike anything found in Toronto today.

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A mix of intermediate houses and towers would populate the 5.3-hectare area. Reproduction by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects.

Dream has signed on to Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, an international company based in Denmark, to design their new 1,345,000 square meter community on the 5.3-hectare waterfront, and the initial concept reproductions are nothing short of breathtaking.

The proposal includes several towers spread over three plots of land. Closest to the lake, a south-facing block will house a couple of terraced houses that rise to a maximum approved height of 38 meters. A 42-storey tower will rise over 130 meters next to the Gardiner Expressway.

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The tallest tower would rise closest to the Keating Channel. Reproduction by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects.

The central block will contain the tallest building in the mix, a 49-storey tower that will peak over 150 meters high, along with an adaptive recycling of Victory Soya Mills silos – designed to be the focal point of the project.

The silos will be modified to allow for the construction of a new structure within its distinctive exterior. Above, a new addition will include a reversal of the cylindrical projections of the silos 36 with rows of concave depressions.

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The characteristic shape of the cultural heritage protected silos would be reflected in the shape above. Reproduction by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects.

In addition to a waterfront location and striking design, the 351 Lake Shore East project will also benefit from a planned southbound extension of Trinity Street.

This future road upgrade will connect the Distillery District in the north with this and other planned developments in the south via a section below the railway tracks.

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New streets and a public park inauguration would serve the area with the necessary infrastructure for new residents to take root. Reproduction by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects.

Other new road infrastructure is proposed, such as a new east-west public street that will be known as Promenade Road, as well as a 1,131-square-foot public park inauguration at the south end of the site.

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