The Shops of Summerhill Toronto, ON › AUDAX Architecture The redevelopment of the Shops of Summerhill was a multiphase commercial project comprised of a contemporary addition to a series of historical buildings. The client for the 27,000-square-foot project was Woodcliffe Properties. The design of the addition took cues from the adjacent context, using a material palette that is found in the surrounding buildings. In this addition, however, the stone and masonry was treated in a much more contemporary fashion, allowing opportunities for a marriage between modern glazing and clean lines.
“We should find ways to inspire, not only the critics, but also the people who live in the neighbourhoods where our buildings are constructed and who will live with these structures.” gianpiero pugliese, principal, audax architecture
Volume 4 No. 31, 2012
For Gianpiero Pugliese, principal of Toronto-based AUDAX Architecture, modern production methods and the speed of architectural development over the past century have exacerbated the public’s aesthetic issues. At one point in his career, Pugliese recalls becoming frustrated by how modern projects designed with rigid lines and naked materials would be erected to critical acclaim but public indifference or dislike. “After a certain point, I got tired of defending this type of architecture,” he says. “Often you will find talented designers intellectualizing their architecture to such a degree that they end up producing something that people just don’t respond favourably to. I think we need to find a balance between respecting popular tastes without turning our architecture into something that is kitsch. We should find ways to inspire, not only the critics, but also the people who live in the neighbourhoods where
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