M2M by Aoyuan International focuses on healthy living in Toronto
When translated, Aoyuan, means “Olympic garden.” Founded in 1996, Aoyuan International‘s trademark philosophy is building healthy lifestyles. As an international developer, with projects in China, Hong Kong, Australia, Vancouver and Toronto, the company’s mission is to integrate residential real estate, with sports and recreational amenities. To date, M2M is the largest master-planned community by this developer in Canada.
M2M is not only a two-minute walk from the Yonge-Finch subway, but it will have underground access to the future Yonge and Cummer subway stop. Replacing an outdated plaza, this infill community will encompass the full 8.6 acres, and will include 1,650 residences, a daycare, a community centre, and more than 180,000 sq. ft. of office and retail space.
Weaving an urban fabric
Recognizing the need for larger, family friendly suites, Aoyuan wanted to create a condo community that appealed to a wide range of buyers. Not only will residents have the use of the 30,000-sq.-ft. community centre, but exclusive outdoor areas will be designated as quiet, or active, zones. These zones will be positioned over a two-level internal courtyard – ideal for reading, mediating or yoga. In addition to the two-storey fitness centre, the rooftop pool will offer spectacular city views. The project also includes a well-equipped work space with a boardroom for private meetings and presentations for those who prefer to work from home.
A public park and a public right-of-way will connect residents and adjacent neighbours with an east-west pedestrian laneway off of Yonge Street, which, in turn, will be connected to a network of smaller scaled streets that wind throughout the M2M community.
Steps from the subway line and 24-hour transit, this Yonge Street location is truly a transportation hub, making it easy for those who have offsite destinations, including work, school and entertainment, as well as all that the city has to offer. Within this all-encompassing environment, M2M residents have access to onsite services, retail and recreational amenities.
Planning and design
Toronto’s Wallman Architects had their work cut out for them, as it was Aoyuan’s mission to integrate M2M with the surrounding community, while giving it a distinctive presence. An eight-storey residential podium will include much-needed shops and services on the western side of Yonge Street. A lower podium, with integrated townhomes, will directly face a park for a more intimate streetscape. Here, townhomes will include front patios and gardens that are in tune with the landscaped park.
On the exterior facade, ceramic materials will be embedded in glass for a translucent, textured appearance. The visually appealing technique, not only helps to maintain privacy, while still allowing for natural light, but it also strategically camouflages those levels that require mechanical equipment.
Working closely with one of Toronto’s top interior architecture and design studios, U31, Aoyuan was adamant about integrating natural elements into modern living spaces. The healthy community concept ensures that maximum natural light is complemented with organic forms and materials for a serene, Zen-style environment.
It takes a village
With more than 300 major residential and commercial properties in China, Australia and Canada, it’s important to the major players that Aoyuan communicates their healthy living and intelligent lifestyle values to the community at large. Part of this includes their direct involvement with local initiatives and sports teams, as well as engaging the public in real-time activities.
More than 600 people came out to the M2M Block Party that was held in a 9,000-sq.-ft. parking lot. Aoyan transformed the lot into a pop-up park and playground, with real grass, cedar trees and a variety of lawn games. Complimentary yoga, Tai Chi and stretch classes were also offered. And like their target market, young families and seniors were able to embrace the healthy living concept.
The model suite and sales office are now open at 5851 Yonge St.