60 Richmond Street is an innovative model of co-operative housing combining 85 residential units with a training kitchen, garden and restaurant in an 11-storey mixed-use building. NAK Design Strategies worked with Teeple Architects to design building spaces inspired by the client program, incorporating a mix of indoor and outdoor food production spaces linked by a system of urban permaculture. Rainwater from the building’s green roof is collected in a cistern which irrigates the sixth floor’s terrace garden; vegetables and herbs grown in the garden supply the ground floor training kitchen; and compost from the kitchen is re-used in the vegetable garden. The terrace, as a striking cut-out leading to the central atrium, brings natural light and greenery into the building’s core with a trailing green wall. The project’s ability to combine a high level of design with affordability achieved multiple design awards, including Best New Residential Building in Toronto, while cutting-edge sustainable strategies helped the project earn a LEED Gold certification.


2014 Governor General’s Medal in Architecture

2013 Sustainable Architecture & Building Magazine Award

2011 Toronto Urban Design Award of Excellence

2011 Design Exchange Gold Standing

2010 Arch Daily Building Of The Year Award

2010 Azure Magazine AZ People’s Choice Award

2010 OAA Design Excellence Award

2010 Pug People’s Choice Award

2007 Canadian Architect Award Of Excellence


Toronto, Ontario, Canada