Teesdale Place Tower Renewal

This project involved the major retrofit of two 24 storey Toronto Community Housing buildings located near Victoria Park and Danforth Avenue in Toronto, Ontario. Both reinforced concrete buildings are characterized by exposed slab edges, brick cladding and punched windows.

The goal of this classic “tower renewal” project was to replace and upgrade the cladding, including replacing all existing balcony railings, exterior doors and windows, clad all existing exterior walls and replace all roof surfaces. The project also included upgrades to the mechanical make-up air units, unit ventilation supply system and fire alarm systems.

We approached this project as an opportunity to improve the lives of residents and create two classic modern slab-type towers hovering above the landscape in the park. High performance cladding systems comprised of iron spot masonry, EIFS stucco cladding and aluminum siding break down the mass of each building and provide a unique identifier for residents.

Cladding innovations include large picture windows with double hung windows that allow residents to see outside while seated in their living rooms. The double hung windows provide residents a variety of natural ventilation options while easily accommodating a variety of window type air conditioning units. The uninsulated masonry base was replaced with a new insulated masonry cavity that is durable and separates the tower form from the ground plane, causing the buildings to appear to float.

New balcony guards combine glazing and metal guards to enhance views of the surrounding parkland and golf course from both inside and outside each residential unit.


Toronto Community Housing


Tower Renewal/Recladding


24 Storeys; Cladding Area: 151,100 sq. ft.


Completed, April 2020


Taylor Smyth Architects