Development brings timber towers and vertical forests to Toronto waterfront

An ambitious new project planned for Toronto, Canada, will transform a sizable area of the city's waterfront into a lush green neighborhood. Named Quayside, it will consist of a number of tree- and plant-covered buildings, including a huge timber housing project.

The Quayside project involves an impressive team of prestigious firms. Adjaye Associates, Alison Brooks Architects and Henning Larsen are leading the design, with SLA on landscaping duties, plus Dream Unlimited and Great Gulf Group are developing.

It will be situated on a sprawling site measuring 12 acres (4.9 hectares) and will consist of five towers plus smaller buildings, and what the developers describe as "one of Canada's largest residential mass timber buildings," pictured above. We've no word on its exact size at this early stage but it will clearly be very large and will host greenery on its facade. There will be 800 new homes created, at least some of which will be deemed affordable.

Elsewhere there will be a plaza and a forested public space, plus a rooftop urban farm. In addition to the use of sustainably sourced timber, Quayside will also promote the use of electric vehicles. It certainly looks like it would be a very pleasant place to live, though will also be a massive multi-year undertaking to realize.

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