Corktown Cubes, Toronto

Private room in loft hosted by Martin

  1. 2 guests
  2. 1 bedroom
  3. 1 bed
  4. 1 bath
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Toronto's Corktown Cubes, Ontario
like the Rotterdam Cubes, The Netherlands: intriguing, innovative The Corktown Cubes are North America's only example of this habitat structure. Whole Cube available by arrangement.
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The space
Drivers coming off Toronto's Don Valley Parkway are greeted by the sight of what looks like a cluster of large green tilted boxes suspended by the
highway. A surprise to visitors, this is a common and recognized landmark on the eastern gateway to downtown Toronto. The tall green cubic structure has been a source of wonder since being erected in
1996. Though familiar, The Cubes are still a mystery to many locals, who are further surprised to find that they are occupied.

Nestled in the crux of Eastern and Richmond Streets, and with the Adelaide flyover adjacent to the upper floors, The Cubes are home to a
long-time resident, a video journalist and producer for network television.

”The Cubes are a magical place” “they have moods and nooks where you can almost feel that you are inside a pyramid”

There are three cubes, each supported by a single pole which goes right through to the floor of the upper level. The combination of three poles becomes a tripod upon which the whole structure is
suspended.

The Cubes were built to demonstrate that affordable housing could be built on derelict land and on small, hard-to-develop spaces in the city core. They perch on the single column, taking up little ground space and thus reducing a major factor in the high cost of housing - land.

Inspired by Piet Blom's cube structures in Rotterdam, where there are dozens, architects Kutner and Brown, licensed the plans to build their version of the Blom design. This was suppose to be the demo model for future customers but Toronto buyers were not ready for the futuristic concept. Now, with energy being a major concern, eco-cube structures may be made self-sufficient, because of the abundance of sun-facing roof area.

The cubes measure 24 feet square (42 feet from point to point) and provide between 1,200 and 1,500 square feet of floor space on two to three levels: a 350-square-foot lower level, a 600-square-foot middle level and in one of the Sumach cubes, a 150-square-foot sky level with spiral staircase. The furnace and electrical power source are in the lower point of the cube. No, the floors are not on an angle, but the canted walls also give the illusion of more space. With the two-floor model, the pyramid ceiling is a major attraction.

Each cube has two bathrooms and there is a
shared balcony, once you ascend the entrance stairs to where the separate cubes begin.

The Cubes were supposed to be part of an energy self-sufficient community consisting of seven modules. They were intended to be taken
apart, moved to the port lands and incorporated into a larger affordable housing project of hundreds of cubes. These modular forms can be used for a variety of purposes, from residential to commercial.
The Sumach St site also has business tenants, much to the delight of their clients.

It is hoped to twin the Toronto Cubes with the Rotterdam Cubes, and establish a communications link such as a live video screen to be viewed in the dedicated Dutch museum-cube. With the changing area around Corktown, and PanAm Games arriving, The Cube area is becoming a destination for visitors.

What this place offers

Kitchen
Wifi
Free parking on premises
Air conditioning
Hair dryer
Long term stays allowed

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Where you’ll be

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

This is becoming downtown east.
Close to The Distillery District (3 mins walk), Corktown Common (3 mins walk) Queen St pubs (3 mins walk) and St. Lawrence Market (10 mins walk)

Hosted by Martin

  1. Joined in February 2014
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The Cubes are home to long-time resident, a video journalist and producer for network television.

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