Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

Awards of Excellence — 2007 Recipient

Leonard Avenue Modular Housing (Science Category)
Toronto
ON
Award Category: 
Awards of Excellence
Innovation in Architecture

Levitt Goodman Architects

25 Leonard is two storeys of pre-fabricated modular units on the roof of an existing residential building. The new Single Room Occupancy units provide housing for people currently in shelters. It was necessary that the existing tenants could remain living in the building throughout construction. Executing the design through pre-fabrication resolved this constraint and freed up the roof for construction. The project increased both building density and green space. The existing infrastructure is extended to the roof and a series of new interconnected spaces integrate the new and existing units, offering all residents additional outdoor amenity space.

Jury Comment(s): 

In the context of architecture as a tool to accomplish social housing objectives, this project was found interesting and innovative in its concept, planning and technical execution. The Leonard Avenue project was deemed an excellent example of innovation from program through all phases to on-site completion.

This project allowed for the delivery of high quality living space with minimal cost through innovative “first principles” design thought and careful implementation of technical and design efficiencies. The design and construction process integrated space-efficient prefabrication technologies learned from allied industries (trailer manufacturing etc.).

The effective pursuit of commendable outcomes to this housing project was also enhanced with the inclusion of sustainable design features such as green roof installations. The Jury found the project demonstrated significant ingenuity being effectively utilized in the service of important social needs.

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