Winnipeg's 5468796 Architecture is introducing a new architectural typology to Oakville's Bronte Village. Joining the cluster of residential buildings that line the waterfront, the recently redesigned Lake & East Condos offers a 20-storey building that strives to marry new urban density with the area's more intimate social fabric. When the project first came to light late in 2014, early concept drawings revealed a 14-storey building strongly evocative of the area's nautical heritage. Now, a refined design—which continues to take inspiration from the lake two blocks south—also strives to reflect the low-rise residential community to its north.
Developed by Symmetry, Fortress RDI and Engine Developments, the project is located in Bronte Village, on the west side of Oakville, and east of Burlington. Founded as a fishing village in 1834, the community is now characterized by a small waterfront cluster of residential towers, which give way to surrounding single-family homes.
At the southeast corner of Lakeshore and East Street, 5468796's tower would join the area's high-rise buildings (replacing the single-storey Hasty Market convenience store that currently occupies the site). Framing the terraces, vines create a distinctive 'living wall' that immediately catches the eye.
According to 5468796's Sasa Radulovic, the 20-storey tower's envelope "will be a pre-finished anodized aluminum profile," which will be manufactured by a "custom fabricator in Winnipeg that is able to produce a very highly finished cladding systems in solid 1/8” to 1/4” thick aluminum."
The building is also angled to maximize sunlight and avoid blocking views from the residences to the south, while landscaping along the length of the tower transposes the horizontal typology of residential yards across a vertical 'living wall' structure. It's a gesture that playfully re-interprets the social and architectural context of the surrounding community.
At ground level, a deftly curated public realm is also evident. With a rectilinear aluminum facade tracing the site boundary around the tower, a sense of privacy and enclosure is created in the public square that fronts the building. Blurring the boundary between the public and private, the space is designed to foster an uncommonly intimate urban ambiance.
Broken up into three smaller structures (shown in blue, below), the tower's podium also aims to "reflect the 1-2 storey buildings characteristic of Oakville commercial landscape to the west of the site," Radulovic explains.
Each of the three podium structures will also feature retail, with 700 m² of total retail area spread out across the podium's ground level and mezzanine.
According to documents submitted to the Town of Oakville, the 142 units are configured as 18 'investor' suites (55.7 m²), 41 one bedroom + den (65 m²), 21 two-bedroom (69.7 m²), 30 two-bedroom + den (79 m²), and 24 three-bedroom (88.3 m²) suites, alongside an additional 8 three-bedroom penthouses (92.9 m²). Compared to the Toronto market, the units—22% of which are three-bedroom suites—are relatively large.
Source: Urban Toronto, 4/14/2016