West Bend Multiplex is owned and inhabited by a forward-thinking developer with a keen interest in sustainability. With an east end multiplex already in his roster, he wanted to create a sustainable, all-electric multiplex for his own family where they live the west end.
Situated just around the corner from the subway and High Park, this multiplex is a great example of how much density you can provide on a typically sized Toronto lot. The concept is a 2-storey family suite above two single-floor rental units (main floor and basement) in a three-story plus basement house. The property also has a fourth unit in a new laneway suite at the back: our West Bend Laneway Suite project.
This triplex was designed before the Toronto multiplex bylaw amendment was approved, so there was an involved permitting process to create two units in addition to the primary unit. We worked closely with the city and neighbours to ensure that the design did not significantly affect the character of the street. We designed the units in such a way that the 3rd storey is essentially tucked under the roof – even without a dormer – and the basement apartment walkout is located out of sight at the rear.
Today, this type of project will have a much faster approval process, as multiplexes of up to four units (plus laneway or garden suite) are now permitted across the city.