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Architects and building designers recall, famous architecture writer and veteran journalist Christopher Hume is reviving his condominium critiques, exclusively to get TorontoStoreys.com.
The construction has memorable attributes, redeeming or otherwise. The upper storeys sit on a three-storey precast concrete foundation which can help bring its scale down into something appropriate for the environment. The two halves — lower and upper — seem to come from jobs. The best moment of the complex is to Duplex where a curved row of townhouses brings a measure of coherence for the miserable artery.


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Let us be honest; North Toronto is an architectural black hole. Nothing about it stands out except for an illustration of the best way to program and build a town. The region is all around the place. High-rise here, low-rise there beside the opposite. The housing inventory is banal. Among the buildings worth a second look, Davisville Public School, was recently torn down from the philistines in the Toronto District School Board.
Little wonder that the arrival of a brand new condo complex raises an eyebrow. In a location where expectations are so poor, few are likely to be disappointed regardless of how boring its architecture might be. No surprise that the appearance of The Berwick came with no fanfare. It has acquired that invisibility we connect with buildings that line our streets, each unremarkable, bland and boring than the next.


The Berwick
Developer: The Brown Group and also Andrin Homes
Architect: Page + Steele IBI Group
Completion: 2015
Address: 60 Berwick Ave.

Grade: C

Occupying a corner of Berwick and Duplex avenues, this condo/townhouse complex takes advantage of this website to add density into the booming neighbourhood. It’s interesting to realize the medium-rise tower steps up to avoid looming through the small bungalows around Duplex. This smacks of the love of gestures that mean next to nothing beyond the cubicles in which Toronto spouses shop their clipboards when they’re finished ticking the boxes of the preparation department.