Contemporary Living

12 Degree Condos

Vision

12 degree condos is a contemporary mid-rise urban infill project in Toronto. The 90 unit, 11-story building designed by Core architects shows a 12 degree plan rotation strategy to produce a “stacked box” design effect.

Design

To comply with the stormwater management regulations from the city of Toronto a light weight low maintenance green roof was designed on the main roof, to delay and capture stormwater from going into the sewer.

Green Roof Assembly

The ZinCo "Sedum-Roof Plus" green roof assembly was used with its great weight to water retention ratio. The egg carton shaped Floradrain FD25-E water retention element in combination with ZinCo's engineered growing medium is providing the ideal solution to capture stormwater and still maintain healthy plant growth.

Key Challenges

Designing a high water retention capacity roof without negatively affecting the vegetation was one of the key challenges of this project. High water storage in green roof assemblies can affect the development of the vegetation drastically, resulting in high maintenance and loss of plant material. Using high absorption products (compost/rockwool) in the vegetation/root zone will have a negative effect on the growth of the vegetation and need to be avoided. The Floradrain element allows for waterstorage underneath the vegetation/root zone.