Housing demands have been shifting in Toronto. People are now choosing compact multi-unit housing over single-family, detached houses for the proximity to cultural and recreational amenities. This demand shift was a key factor in the design of Eastern Pine and can be used as a precedent for future building in the city. Along with the need for affordability, proximity and sustainability, sense of community and a healthy environment are vital components of this project.
The True North Design team believes that nature is essential in achieving this. The presence of green spaces can promote physical activity, stress reduction, cognitive restoration and increased social interaction and cohesion along with providing passive cooling, shading and improving air quality. As well, the design is meant to make users more conscious of their environment and how their habits influence the natural world.