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Slate hires U.S. architect Studio Gang to design Yonge and St. Clair tower

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by DCN News Services

TORONTO—Slate Asset Management announced it has selected U.S.-based architecture practice Studio Gang to design a mixed-used tower at the southwest corner of Yonge Street and Delisle Avenue in Toronto.
Slate hires U.S. architect Studio Gang to design Yonge and St. Clair tower

The project will be Studio Gang's first building in Canada, and is part of Slate's overall effort to reinvigorate the Yonge and St. Clair part of Toronto through the use of public art, innovative design, streetscapes and open spaces, said Slate in a March 10 media statement.

"Yonge and St. Clair is on its way back. Having occasion to bring Studio Gang's first project in Toronto to the neighbourhood signals to the rest of the city that we would like to create something special here," said Brandon Donnelly, vice president of development at Slate.

"As our practice's relationship with Canada grows, we're excited to explore Toronto and to understand the unique DNA of the Yonge and St. Clair neighbourhood," said Jeanne Gang, the founding principal of Studio Gang. "We hope to design a building that will strengthen relationships within the neighbourhood and the city."

Based in Chicago and New York, Studio Gang's portfolio includes Aqua Tower in Chicago, Folsom Tower in San Francisco and 40 Tenth Avenue along the Highline in New York.

Studio Gang will work with Slate to host a public consultation later this spring to gather community input prior to a design submission to the city. The final building will be primarily rental, with retail space at grade.

"It's not going to be a typical all-glass tower," said Donnelly. "We want to push boundaries in terms of sustainability and building efficiency, which means we are thinking carefully about the building envelope and its materials."

Over the last four years, Slate has purchased 10 properties in the area, including all four corners of the intersection at Yonge and St. Clair. The Studio Gang commission will be the first ground-up tower in the area by Slate.

Another recent commission by Slate was an eight-storey mural by international street artist Phlegm.

Jeanne Gang is set to receive a 2017 Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) at the RAIC/OAA Festival of Architecture in Ottawa May 24 to 27.

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