Bold in its expression, Bianca is a nine-storey boutique, mid-rise condominium that makes a statement. The building features contemporary, all-white façade and large striking terraces that provide sweeping views of Toronto’s Annex neighborhood. An artificial hillside is created from angling the south side of the building facing Dupont Street. Influenced by Rachel Whiteread’s sculptural Embankment at the Tate Modern, Teeple’s design carves a three-dimensional grid into the hill, creating spaces for suites and terraces. Gaps and imperfections were introduced to the grid to give naturalness to the form and to create complex space within the façade itself. The result is a rich façade reminiscent of the iconic hillside villages of Greece’s coastline.
Bianca’s massing is appropriate for the nearby Dupont subway station, future mid-rise developments for this stretch of Dupont, and the proximity to the Canadian Pacific Railway corridor. At grade, the frontage of the site connecting to Dupont Street is designated for ground floor retail that will encourage foot traffic, offer additional urban convenience to the neighborhood residents, and encourage local businesses.
2018 BILD Awards – Best Mid-Rise Building Design (Pinnacle) – Finalist
2018 PCBC Gold Nugget Awards – Best on the Boards Multi-Family Community – Award of Merit