Bloor Street United Church, located at the intersection of Bloor West and Huron streets, involves a major interior and exterior renovation, as well as the redesign of 20,000 s.f. of community and support spaces. This mixed-use project aims to add approximately 40,000 s.f. of leasable space to support the ongoing mission of the Church. It also provides retail, 259 market residential units, and four floors of automated vehicle parking above grade.
The renovated Church includes a new Bloor Street façade with a tracery screen, creating more openness from the sanctuary space to the public realm beyond, bringing southern light into the sanctuary space. The new community space wraps the west and north façades of the existing church, creating a promenade that respects and engages the existing masonry structure. The massing of this new community space is lower than the Church, maintaining the Church’s prominence along Bloor Street.
The commercial and residential program form a slender and minimal tower, set back from the Church to the north of the site. In contrast to the intricate detailing of the church, the tower’s minimal form and detailing complement the existing structure.
The materials are light and warm, and are consistent with the metal tracery employed throughout the renovated façade and interiors of the Bloor Street United Church. Along Huron Street, the lobby, and the residential amenity space above it, present a lively and inviting gesture to the neighbourhood.