Houselink & Mainstay Community Housing is Toronto’s largest non-profit supportive housing agency, managing 58 residences across the city. Its latest building project is located at 140 Queensway in Etobicoke on a highly constrained site between a two-storey commercial building and existing house form. The lot is walking distance to both the waterfront and the Humber River. This new development is intended to house vulnerable adults suffering from mental health and or addictions problems, many of whom have high accessibility needs. The design was driven by several resident-centred objectives: comfort, connection, inclusion, privacy, and support.

The six-storey building comprises a total of 38 units. The building’s main entrance is located off The Queensway, a busy east-west throughfare. The ground floor of the residence is dedicated to shared amenity space and service areas. Amenities includes a large multi-purpose room and fireside lounge. The lounge overlooks a small rain garden on the east side of the building. The garden is directly accessible from the residence via a secondary side entrance as well as from the accessible parking at the rear via a covered walkway. Nestled in the void of the L-shaped mass and sheltered by the neighbouring two-storey structure, the garden is sheltered from the bustle of the Queensway and offers occupants an agreeable micro-climate year round.

Upper levels are dedicated to a mixture of 1-bedroom and studio units. The massing is broken into three distinct volumes and windows are staggered rhythmically for visual interest. The building is largely clad in a light standing seam metal. The ground floor differentiates itself, clad in charcoal masonry block with warm wood soffits at the main entrance.




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Project Type:

Housing & Senior Living

Building Size:

22,960 sq. ft.

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