Ryerson University Mutual Street Housing

Toronto, Ontario

Holborn Investments & Sodexo Canada

2010 to present


SvN was retained by Holborn Investments and the facilities management division of Sodexo Canada to design a 330 bed privately-managed student residence designed to serve students of Ryerson University in Downtown Toronto.

Mutual Street is a north-south local road running parallel to Jarvis and Church Streets to the immediate southeast of Ryerson’s main campus. Ryerson’s 2009 Campus Master Plan identified two precincts surrounding the main campus quad: the broad residential precinct which encompasses the mixed-use and residential community surrounding the campus; and the academic precinct which encompassed the central campus and all the University’s academic and support facilities on adjacent streets. The building site at 77 Mutual Street sits well within the University’s academic precinct and, as such, was seen as an ideal location for privately developed and managed student housing.

The residence building includes accommodation for 330 students in a mix of single, 2 bedroom, and 4 bedroom units. Each unit is designed as a fully serviced suite with kitchen, dining, and living areas. A series of communal living areas, expressed on the exterior of the building through the use of tinted curtain wall glazing, are distributed throughout the building to provide the required mix of amenity and student-life programming. The building also includes 9,000 sf of retail space and 3 full storeys of potential academic program space.

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We provide comprehensive support for approvals under the Planning Act that includes: the creation of clear, high quality documentation for amendments to official plans, zoning bylaws and building codes; producing planning applications and planning rationale reports; and representing our clients at Ontario Municipal Board hearings.
Housing is a core focus of our business. We design innovative and adaptable buildings and master plans that respond to the immediate and future housing needs of diverse communities and all levels of income. We have a history of initiating and realizing housing projects that fill critical gaps in the market, and that are sensitive and adaptable to evolving cultures and contexts.
Our firm has set a new standard for sustainability in Canadian institutional architecture, integrating passive energy systems, low-emission materials, and resilient building strategies into the design of lecture halls, classrooms, labs, offices, recreation facilities and student residences. Working within changing urban contexts, our adaptable designs allow for flexibility in program and building use over time. Seminal projects include York University’s Computer Science Building and the student residences for Ryerson’s downtown Toronto campus.