A prime model of mixed-use, transit-oriented development within an urban context, 900 Albert Street is a component of the city’s urban renewal initiative and features residential units, and office and retail space. Close to the newly renovated Bayview Station, it’s the only transfer point between the Confederation LRT and Trillium Lines, making it not only a major hub for residents but also for transit users. Working within a limited land area and considering the population growth the development brings, we address the need for open outdoor space through clearly defined areas.
A community trail system along the east side of the site runs parallel to the transit tracks to provide a safe green space that buffers the development. Featuring accent unit paving, the main pedestrian link uses the ground plane as a design canvas to connect people to the public realm along the length of the community. This link culminates with a sculptural canopy at the development’s main corner that acts as a gateway to the community. An open lawn and a butterfly garden with seating provide mixed-use spaces to address a variety of needs and uses and buffers the site along the southwest with a green wall while sculptural public art installations add distinguishing details.