Re-Silos

Toronto, Ontario
Completion:
2017
Scope of Service:
Competition Entry

As our cities continue densifying with dizzying speed, and projections as alarming as six-billion city-dwellers worldwide by 2045 are cited, this pressing question emerges: where is the usable land upon which to accommodate our exploding urban populations? The question will inevitably shift from what is usable space in our cities to what is reusable space.

Once a beacon of technology and prosperity, concrete grain elevators often stand abandoned along the shores yet they remain the last prime waterfront land in many cities. By virtue of their former operations, these structures are not only situated at major harbours but are also connected to rail and road networks. By using these structures as a landscape we can use them to inform the design for residential and commercial uses. For the office tower, the building straddles the silos and encapsulates it within a grand lobby preserving the original grain elevator as an artifact into which the cores of the tower are plugged. This prototype juxtaposes that of the residential by pursuing concepts of solidity, opacity and amenity.