The Distillery Building completes its historic Toronto neighborhood, balancing cutting-edge mass-timber construction with a respect for history.
The Distillery District is a collection of landmark-protected Victorian era industrial buildings that have been repurposed over two decades into a thriving creative neighborhood. SHoP’s contribution, a low-rise mass-timber structure stretching nearly 1,000 feet along the southern edge of the site, is the final component of the master plan. Our design aims to reinforce the district’s human scale, serving to shield the pedestrian-only streets and public spaces from a busy highway and rail yards beyond. The rhythm of the context-driven facade is broken by a bold focal point element that contains spaces for gathering opposite one of the district’s major squares.