This mixed-used three storey rental building is an example of the so-called ‘missing middle.’ Here, four separate units fit within a modestly scale building massing.

Project Name: 891 Broadview Avenue
Studio Name: Gabriel Fain Architects
Location: Toronto, Canada
Photography: Gabriel Fain
Project size: 4000 ft2
Completion date: 2018
Building levels: 3

891 Broadview Avenue by Gabriel Fain Architects - Sheet1
Building View ©Gabriel Fain

Maintaining more than half of an existing double brick building from the 1940s was critical to keep costs down and construction timing short.

Broadview Avenue by Gabriel Fain Architects - Sheet2
Building View ©Gabriel Fain

The front elevation facing Broadview is defined by four large brick piers while the rear addition is clad in corrugated metal.

891 Broadview Avenue by Gabriel Fain Architects - Sheet3
Interior ©Gabriel Fain

A commercial ground floor unit activates the ground floor street frontage while complementing the adjacent retail activity. The idea is that the building is a continuation of the varied urban fabric of the street but with its own textures and mood.


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