Radio City is the residential component of Radio City/National Ballet School Grand Jeté – an award-winning mixed-use development that has helped to revive an historic neighbourhood in Toronto’s downtown core. The design of Radio City was deeply influenced by the neighbourhood’s fabric of 19th century heritage buildings and residential side streets. The architects took cues from this fabric, arranging built form and public space to establish a clear relationship between the residential program and that of Canada’s National Ballet School, the developer’s partner in this innovative revitalization scheme.
Two slender and transparent point towers, 25- and 30-storeys respectively, were set back from the street to minimize their apparent bulk. A row of three-storey townhouses, set at right angles to the towers, echoed the roofline and form of adjacent Victorian rowhouses and created a new street wall along Mutual Street. The arrangement of buildings created a mid-block connection between Mutual and Jarvis, and defined two landscaped courtyards that link the towers and townhouses with the expanded NBS facilities that occupy the north end of the site. The RadioCity/NBS project as a whole was a collaboration between aA (RadioCity), KPMB Architects (NBS), and Goldsmith Borgals & Co. (planning, heritage architecture).