Toronto’s first housing co-operative in 20 years, 60 Richmond East is an urban in-fill project that incorporates a dynamic building program and LEED initiatives. Interlocking and contrasting volumes and voids create a sculptural and spatial composition that animates the streetscape. The building is home to hospitality-industry workers and their families who were displaced due to the redevelopment of Regent Park – one of the city’s largest social housing renewal projects. A resident-run restaurant and training kitchen provide supplementary income and additional experience for the residents, and a community garden on the sixth floor terrace provides food for the restaurant and uses the organic waste generated by the kitchen as compost. Rainwater is used for garden irrigation. These elements create a self-sustaining condition of ‘urban permaculture’.
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