Duke – 333 East 11th Avenue

E11th rentalWe first featured this substantial rental residential building on the corner of East 11th and Kingsway in June 2013. The design, by Acton Ostry, was changed following an initial rejection by the Urban Design Panel. The first version had 13 storeys with 195 units over ground floor commercial space; the second iteration (this model above from October 2013), had 15 floors but six fewer units.

It was both a rezoning and a development permit application under the Rental 100 Program (so it will be rental for 60 years or the life of the building). The 2015 version (the render above) saw a number of changes to improve light into the courtyard and it’s ended up with 14 storeys and 201 units. Construction has taken a while, and is just wrapping up, about six months behind the developer’s anticipated schedule.

The most striking addition is what the architects describe as “a vibrant, fuscia-coloured public art piece, suspended in the slot, imbues the opening with a striking, soft pink glow”.

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