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Republic of Rathnelly

A midtown neighbourhood of rebelliousness
Academic Project (Site Analysis)
Toronto, ON
rhino 6
illustrator CC
February 2021

What if there was a separate nation located at the heart of midtown Toronto? The Republic of Rathnelly certainly brings this question to light with its own set of holidays, internal communications, and a child militia. Could this perhaps be even stranger?

Yes, especially when viewing the neighbourhood at its southwestern borders. This brief site analysis of one of Toronto's most unorthodox arrangements examines the drastic juxtapositions of building typologies that seem just as strange as the neighbourhood's identity.


ARC361: Architecture Studio III

This undergraduate design studio course focused on the conceptualization of the domestic experience at the scale of the single-family home and below. Prior to the design of a home for two inhabitants, a brief site study was conducted in conjuction with the formulation of a collaborative digital site model.

Site Elevations

The choice of creating street-length elevations was to bring to light the drastic shift of building typologies within a single street. Most notably on Poplar Plains Rd. there exists a transition (rather the lack thereof) of a townhose to a pumping station.

Macpherson Ave. Looking South
Poplar Plains Rd. Looking East

Building Typologies

Shown in the diagram below, even buildings that are categorized under the same typology appear to have drastic tectonic differences. This further speaks to the inherent characteristics of the neighbourhood and its progression through various historical timeframes.

Building Typologies Isometric Diagram