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Pharrell Williams helps Reserve Properties and Westdale Properties design untitled in Toronto

Pharrell Williams helps Reserve Properties and Westdale Properties design untitled in Toronto

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Pharrell Williams helps Reserve Properties and Westdale Properties design untitled in Toronto

Reserve Properties and Westdale Properties have unveiled complete design and development plans for untitled, a new collaborative project in midtown Toronto with recording artist Pharrell Williams.

The designs are the result of a multi-stage process that saw Reserve and Westdale working with Williams, alongside architects from IBI Group and designers from U31, to realize a collective vision for the project.

“The decision to work with Pharrell was born out of a desire to do something unique for our future residents, the city and architecture as a whole,” says Sheldon Fenton, chief executive officer, Reserve Properties. “We believed by bringing in a cultural icon with vision and ideation from outside the realm of real estate it would allow us to break the mold in terms of what has traditionally been done in multi-residential development in Toronto.”

Working with Williams, the team developed a set of overarching principles that became integral to the overall design process. These included creating spaces with a conscious understanding of how people will feel within them, focusing on design that is both aesthetically inspiring but also purposeful in its function, and incorporating a feeling of natural elements throughout the spaces.

The two-tower residential development will include 751 condominium suites, ranging from studios to three-bedrooms, as well as 32,000 sq. ft. of amenity space.

Gust of Wind

The seed for untitled’s architecture is rooted in lead architect Mansoor Kazerouni of IBI Group’s cultural background. Kazerouni introduced the concept of a jugalbandi, a performance in Indian classical music featuring an intricate duet between two solo musicians. The term translates to mean entwined twins and for Kazerouni, a jugalbandi informed how his work could entwine with sound waves from one of Pharrell’s songs. Using parametric design, the sculpted, fluid form of the balconies follows the wave pattern of Williams’ hit song Gust of Wind, articulating the building as a visual abstraction of music.

Interior spaces by Kelly Cray of U31 aim to articulate notions of universality throughout the common areas, amenities and suites. Rather than projecting a lifestyle onto the residents, the goal was for each individual space to serve as a backdrop to the user’s own experience. The result is an exploration of the interplay between nature, essentialism and Japanese inspired minimalism using a palette of plants, water, light and form.

In the lobby, a deep charcoal stone used on the floor wraps up along the walls creating a seamless experience. A cascading water feature adds movement to one’s journey, extending through the arrival hall to the concierge. The flow of water that welcomes residents is purposefully intended to evoke feelings of energy and movement when you first step into the building; an experience that is continued as a memory in surrounding spaces.

An extensive amenity program extends throughout the building’s ground floor and onto the upper levels, with a series of indoor and outdoor spaces that include a co-working garden lounge, screening room, active fitness centre, kids club, a rec room, social lounge and private dining with a sake tasting area, that flow out to the rooftop terraces.

Water and space

A wellness centre, featuring a spa and indoor-outdoor swimming pool round-out the offering with expansive floor to ceiling glass screens separating the two sides of the pool. Views through the screens frame a dramatic, 30-ft. water feature that flows into the far end of the pool.

“To me, the key elements were water and space,” says Williams. “With water moving in the building the way it does, there’s this continuous flow of motion that’s recharging to people. Certain places just hit us as humans, reminding us that we’re alive.”

As part of the block master-plan, the development team will also be building a separate 413-unit purpose-built rental building adjacent to untitled, along with a new public park. The rental building will contain 200 affordable housing units, 165 mid-range units and 49 market units, delivering a range of housing options.

untitled will feature suites ranging in type, from studios to three-bedrooms, with prices starting in the low $400,000’s.

Renderings: Norm Li
Press conference photos: Arthur Mola


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SkyTower

SkyTower – the latest phase of Pinnacle One Yonge aims high at 95 storeys

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SkyTower – the latest phase of Pinnacle One Yonge aims high at 95 storeys

With so many condominiums being created across the GTA, some developers feel they need to keep themselves front of mind for prospective buyers. They hope that a high-profile team means a trusted team.

That isn’t always the case. Sometimes, it’s the companies working quietly that are doing the most notable work and building the most solid reputations.

For more than 40 years, Pinnacle International has let the quality of its buildings do the talking. A leading builder of luxury condominium residences, masterplanned communities, hotels and commercial developments, Pinnacle has more than 25 projects in the Vancouver area alone. And with more than 10 million sq. ft. now under development in North America, Pinnacle’s output speaks volumes.

“Our projects are large in scale, and they can take up to 10 years to develop,” explains Anson Kwok, Pinnacle’s vice-president of sales and marketing. “As a result, the residents in our master-planned communities stay loyal to us. It’s a big repeat-customer base and we, in turn, commit to staying engaged with them.”

That measure of relationship-building allows Pinnacle to build its brand organically, through word of mouth from satisfied clients. That satisfaction stems not just from the care that Pinnacle puts into suite layout and amenities. The team really does remain involved with its buildings, even after completion.

“Many of us at Pinnacle are residents of highrise buildings and we understand the lifestyle,” says Kwok. “I’ve been living in condos for 16 years and, like me, everyone on the team can relate to the nuances of what makes a building a great place to live. We understand the importance of good maintenance and management, so we remain hands on.”

It’s a corporate philosophy the company believes serves it well, as Pinnacle looks to further enhance the Toronto skyline. And plans for Pinnacle One Yonge in Toronto are creating a lot of buzz. “Pinnacle One Yonge is such an exciting and important project for us and for the city of Toronto,” says Kwok. “From the magic of the location, where the lake meets the foot of Yonge Street, to the history of that parcel of land (site of the Toronto Star building), we knew we had to develop in a way that not only delivered upon and improved the luxury residence experience, but serviced the greater area in progressive ways.”

Pinnacle One Yonge does exactly that, with plans for more than 50,000 sq. ft. of community centre space, and 2.5 acres of park space.

But it’s the bold design of SkyTower, the most recent offering at Pinnacle One Yonge, that really affirms Pinnacle’s place as an elite developer. SkyTower’s expansive 840 units will rise to an unprecedented 95 storeys, making this beacon of luxury living the tallest building in Canada.

With distinctions like these on display, need Pinnacle say more?

To be among the first to learn about SkyTower, register online.


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Builder Profile: Menkes

Condo living has it all with Menkes communities

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Condo living has it all with Menkes communities

Gone are the days when the only gold standard for homeownership was the house in the suburbs with the white picket fence. Today many young families are setting their sights on highrise urban living, where their kids have exposure to arts, culture, and more! They can experience all that city life has to offer, and at the same time have plenty of room to play.

Enter Menkes, one of the first developers to introduce a children’s playroom as an amenity space, when it launched The Eglinton Condominium in 2014. Today – after successfully introducing both indoor and outdoor children’s spaces at its Harbour Plaza community in 2018 — the developer has even grander plans for condo living that will cater to children of all ages.

While condo living once posed challenges to residents with large families or young children, the company’s latest condo projects will elevate your ability to entertain.

Hobby room, Sugar Wharf Residences
Hobby room, Sugar Wharf Residences
Theatre, Sugar Wharf Residences
Theatre, Sugar Wharf Residences

Sugar Wharf Condominiums, part of an 11.5-acre community on Toronto’s waterfront, will offer future residents with kids a list of amenities that rivals any children’s facility, and completely eliminates the hassle of bundling them up in cold weather, in search of local indoor entertainment. Residents will have access to a hobby studio, an arts and crafts room, a music room, virtual reality space, and children’s playroom. There will also be plenty of storage close to your suite to store gear and sporting equipment.

Mobilio Community
Mobilio Community

Mobilio, Menkes’ upcoming community in Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, which will include a combination of condos and townhomes, is also being developed with families in mind.

“We have really considered every member of your family right down to your pets,” says Jared Menkes, executive vice-president, highrise. “Mobilio will include a convenient petwashing station. I am also very excited about the park aspect of this project. We will have the linear park connecting all the projects together on this block and on future blocks, that provide trails and exciting ways for families to stay active.”

Indoor playroom, Mobilio
Indoor playroom, Mobilio

Mobilio will be anchored by an almost 40,000-sq.-ft. linear park, part of Vaughan’s Black Creek Renewal project, which upon completion, will establish a series of promenades, plazas and parks, spanning more than 30 acres. The community also includes attractive gathering places, walking paths and family-friendly play areas. In cold weather, families can take advantage of Mobilio’s equally family-friendly indoor playroom.

When it comes to amenities, Menkes has carefully considered everything a family would get out of living in a single-family home, and incorporates these aspects into its condos. For those who enjoy entertaining, there are sophisticated party rooms with kitchens and bar areas, and landscaped terraces equipped with barbecues.

You enjoy a quiet night in? Sugar Wharf Condos will include a state-of-the-art theatre and games lounge. And if you enjoy staying active, it will have a fitness centre with separate weight, virtual and yoga studios.

There is no doubt that with Toronto experiencing a housing shortage, and many families priced out of the single-family housing market in urban centres, condo living will continue to be the way of the future. Whether you’re looking to start your family, grow your family, downsize, or retire, Menkes offers condo amenities that will cater to every family, and every lifestyle.

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For further information visit the website.


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Forest Hill Private Residences

Altree Developments brings an elegant boutique condominium to the Forest Hill neighbourhood

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Altree Developments brings an elegant boutique condominium to the Forest Hill neighbourhood

A timeless place for one to call home is the vision for Altree Developments‘ latest project, Forest Hill Private Residences, located at 2 Forest Hill Rd. The building will be comprised of a nine-storey, bespoke luxury midrise building with approximately 90 residences. Consisting of a combination of townhomes and condominiums, suites will span from approximately 950 to 4,000 sq. ft., with prices ranging from $1.8 million to more than $6 million.

Located north of downtown Toronto, the former village of Forest Hill has been a noteworthy district as one of the city’s most sought-after neighbourhoods since the 1960s. With a long lineage of multi-generational expertise, Forest Hill Private Residences reflects Altree Developments’ commitment to bringing landmark projects to market and building upon preexisting and iconic communities. The firm has worked with the industry’s best designers and architects to create a building with timeless designs containing floor-to-ceiling windows, expansive outdoor space, and 10-ft. ceilings to add to this prestigious location.

“Our mission at Altree is to seamlessly integrate projects into the pre-existing culture and spirit of the neighbourhood in which we develop,” says Zev Mandelbaum, president and chief executive officer. “Those within the Forest Hill community have called this area home for many years, and we view this as an opportunity to transform this notable address into something that truly embodies seamless luxury and elegant design.”

Forest Hill Private Residences will provide homeowners with incredible views of the neighbourhood overlooking the thriving strip of St. Clair Avenue West and lush green hues of Forest Hill Road. Home to local conveniences and quaint shops adored by many within Toronto, this building will allow residents to experience the incomparable feeling of coming home.

“Forest Hill Private Residences is going to be an incredibly unique building with a tailored experience to each resident,” says Mandelbaum. “Most suites from the third to ninth floors will have expansive terraces with tremendous outdoor exposure, an aspect that is missing from many buildings in the city.”

With the utmost attention to detail and focus on privacy, individuals of this upcoming project will have the joy of living in this distinguished neighbourhood, but with the downtown access and convenience of a central location. Residents will have an array of sophisticated concierge and amenity services, such as an impressive hosting room, full service gym with personal trainers, yoga and pilates instructors, as well as nutritionists and massage therapists.

“We wanted to create a building that had the best-in-class services that this buyer is accustomed to, with an element of privacy and in an environment they felt like they could call home,” says Mandelbaum. “With the notable reputation of this area and the timeless design and offerings this building will contain, Forest Hill Private Residences will be a location that residents will call home for years to come.”

Within steps from St. Clair Avenue West, residents will have access to some of the area’s most renowned and beloved restaurants, local shops and boutiques. As a desired destination to walk the beautiful tree-lined streets, future homeowners of this condominium will be able to enjoy the attributes of this neighbourhood. Residents will also be within proximity to the city’s most well-known schools, such as Upper Canada College, providing an ideal area to raise a family.

“It was very important for Altree to focus on providing top-of-the-line finishes, amenities and services for residents of Forest Hill Private Residences, as well as design and architecture that conveyed the feeling of home,” says Mandelbaum.

Forest Hill Private Residences will carefully blend selected architectural details with simplistic elements to create a building with true elegance. Inspired by the beauty of the surrounding foliage, this iconic project will also integrate lush greenery within its landscaping architecture design and expansive outdoor space offerings.

Forest Hill Private Residences is set to begin selling units in early 2020. To learn more about this iconic project visit the website. The project is now accepting registrations.


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Briar Town II

Buildcrest and Algar combine their talents to create a beautifully realized project in The Briar Town II

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Buildcrest and Algar combine their talents to create a beautifully realized project in The Briar Town II

Location, location, location are often repeated real estate buzzwords because they really do define the difference between a nice place to live and a great way of life. The Briar Town ll Modern Townhome Collection succeeds on all fronts; spacious impeccably designed townhomes plus a location in Bayview Village that puts you within steps of every amenity you could desire.

You are a five-minute walk from the best of high-end shopping and dining at Bayview Village; you are a seven-minute walk to TTC stations and are close to major highways and GO trains for quick access to downtown. The area is bordered by the East Don Valley Parklands and the development is close to tennis courts, bike trails, golf courses and some of the city’s most highly ranked private schools. All this and your stunning town home will be situated away from the bustle in a tranquil enclave on a safe and quiet tree-lined street.

The Modern Townhome Collection is a beautifully realized project. The exterior is an elegant blend of Classic and Post-Modern architecture with an emphasis on outdoor spaces. The ground floor residences open to a private garden where you can test out your green thumb and relax with friends. The private rooftop terraces are designed with subtle elegance and are finished with concrete pavers, outdoor lighting and gas fire pits. The perfect spot for a family barbecue or sunny day lounging.

The interiors are truly a space enclosed by light and the design and finishes are Architectural Digest spectacular. The windows in the open loft style living areas and the master bedrooms are walls of glass with such subtle, almost invisible, support struts that the outside and the inside seem to merge. The soaring 9.6-ft. height of the concrete ceilings in the principal rooms combined with the glass window walls of sparkling light visually expand the already generous rooms. These residences range in size from a comfortable 840 to a luxurious 1,600 sq. ft.

The waterfall staircases are sculptural show stoppers. The kitchens are fitted with sleek custom designed European cabinets, Caesarstone countertops, designer backsplash and stainless-steel appliances. In the larger townhomes, the layout and creative design touches in the kitchens turn these stylish but functional rooms into the aesthetic focal point of the whole living area.

The flooring is engineered hardwood in all rooms other than the bathrooms and laundry closet where you have a choice of porcelain 12-by-24-in. tiles for flooring and shower walls. The bathrooms are sleek and contemporary with white fixtures a clear glass fixed panel shower enclosure and the very chic touch of black faucets and shower heads.

After the success of Bold Towns at Danforth and Broadview Avenue, Briar Town ll is the latest project of the residential development company Buildcrest, working alongside interior design firm Algar Developments Inc. The units range in size from 840 to 1,600 sq. ft., and prices range from mid $700,000 to more than $1 million.

Briar Town II is located at 12 to 16 Dervock Cres. By appointment only. For further information, call (647.280.1902), email or visit the website.


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Neighbourhood Watch: South Core

South Core is lively, lakefront, prized and prestigious

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South Core is lively, lakefront, prized and prestigious

If a lively and active downtown lifestyle is what you’re after, check out Toronto’s South Core. It might also help if you work in the nearby financial district, as residency in this prestigious neighbourhood has its price.

So-called for its proximity to the downtown core but, obviously south… from the railway lands to Lake Ontario, and bounded on the west by Lower Simcoe Street and on the east by Lower Jarvis Street.

Indeed, Toronto is blessed with a prized waterfront location, which in recent years has seen billions of dollars in development, from public spaces to new residences to new commercial and retail opportunities. And the South Core is a prime example of this growth.

Looking northwest from the common terrace at Menkes' Harbour Plaza.
Looking northwest from the common terrace at Menkes’ Harbour Plaza.

Sustainable and connected

Consider, for instance, the Southcore Financial Centre (SFC), a major mixeduse, sustainable complex. Designed to exceed the expectations of today’s globally connected businesses and sophisticated urban travelers, SFC comprises two striking LEED Gold certified office towers totaling 1.4 million sq. ft. and The Delta Toronto – a premium four-star, 560- room, next generation hotel.

Or One York Street by Menkes Developments, a 35-floor, 800,000- sq.-ft. Class AAA building at York and Harbour targeting LEED Platinum certification.

The sustainability and connectivity of these projects typify the redevelopment underway in the South Core. Both buildings boast direct and enclosed access to the PATH to Union Station for TTC, GO Transit the UP Express and more, and beyond through Toronto’s underground network. Within easy walking distance are landmarks such as Scotiabank Arena, the Rogers Centre, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, world class restaurants and the city’s Entertainment and Theatre districts.

Then there’s Maple Leaf Square, a multi-use complex and public square next to Scotiabank Arena, with a newly expanded video screen for live outdoor public broadcasts of Leaf and Raptors games, and home to Real Sports Bar & Grill, one of North America’s largest sports bars.

Residential opportunities

But the South Core isn’t all about office towers and commerce, as residential opportunities are also part of the development. New condominiums have sprouted up, along with the office towers, including Harbour Plaza by Menkes Developments, located at 88 Harbour St. and 100 Harbour St. Here, along with similar connectivity to the underground PATH, residents enjoy a 30,000-sq.-ft. health club, outdoor terrace with tanning deck and other top-drawer amenities.

Also nearby, slightly to the west at Spadina, is CityPlace by Concord Adex, one of the first major condo developments in the area.

Now that the west and central portions of the waterfront are well along in development, and you can’t go any further south into the lake, condo growth is spreading east. Menkes has Sugar Wharf Condominiums at Sugar Beach, and Tridel is building Aqualuna at Bayside, at Merchants Wharf and Queens Quay East.

And then, a little further east and perhaps a few years down the road, there’s the proposal for Sidewalk Labs, the 12-acre, smart-city site at Quayside, which is planned to include a mix of housing types, public spaces and other high tech amenities.

Location, location, location

South from the railway lands to Lake Ontario, bounded on the west by Lower Simcoe Street and on the east by Lower Jarvis Street

Key landmarks

  • Harbourfront
  • Maple Leaf Square
  • Queen’s Quay Terminal
  • Redpath Sugar Refinery
  • Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
  • Scotiabank Arena
  • Southcore Financial Centre
  • The Power Plant Art Gallery

Select condo projects

162 Queens Quay by Empire Communities

Aqualuna at Bayside by Tridel

Harbour Plaza by Menkes Developments

One Yonge Condos by Pinnacle International

Sugar Wharf by Menkes Developments

Ten York by Tridel


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ADI Development Group

Adi Developments is reimagining the urban landscape

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Adi Developments is reimagining the urban landscape

When brothers Tariq and Saud Adi started Adi Development Group in 2007, they knew they wanted to approach the development business differently than the rest by bringing world-class architecture to suburban communities that hadn’t seen it before.

“I think what has set us apart from other developers is the fact that we went into the industry knowing we wanted to shake it up, to be changemakers and to have a different approach,” says Tariq Adi, the company’s co-founder and CEO. “We bring a vibrancy to communities you don’t see elsewhere. You know an Adi building when you see one.”

Adi Development Group, most well-known for its numerous residential developments in Halton Region, was just named one of Canada’s 10 fastest growing companies by the Globe and Mail. Today, Adi is behind 12 different projects across the Greater Toronto Area – each at different stages of the development process, representing more than 3,800 residential units. These range from stylish townhomes with modern facades situated in master-planned communities, to elegant highrise buildings with imaginative amenity spaces.

Being disruptors in the real estate industry is central to the way that Adi does business. From the beginning, the brothers have set out to build unique and memorable communities that stand out amongst the rest, with thoughtful details included at attainable price points. By challenging the status quo, Adi has made innovative, design-forward thinking standard in each of its projects. “When you look around at new developments, you see a lot of the same; it’s becoming predictable. When we started Adi, we knew we wanted to deliver something that was the opposite of predictable. Something that was cool, visionary, and interesting – to create the kind of communities that we could envision living in ourselves.”

Adi plans to bring its signature approach to other markets. The company’s first expansion will take shape in 2020, when it launches its inaugural projects in Toronto. The first of these will be 135 Portland Street – a desirable address near shopping, entertainment, and transit. “What we’re doing along Portland is an extraordinary fusion of heritage and a modern vision for Toronto.

The team at Adi has put a lot of work into reimagining this location into a vibrant community that fits seamlessly into the King West neighbourhood,” explains Saud Adi, the co-founder and COO of Adi Developments. “It’s a great introduction to the energy we will bring to our other developments in Toronto.” Following 135 Portland Street, Adi has a second Toronto project in the works, also anticipated to launch in 2020, at 64 Prince Arthur Avenue in the Annex. Together, the brothers make a strong, well-balanced team – with Tariq imagining new ways to transform the urban landscape, and Saud discovering innovative ways to improve the quality and speed of construction on every Adi project.

One thing that unites the pair is their shared vision for the future of real estate and their entrepreneurial spirit, which earned them a spot on Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2019.

Adi has a great selection of suites currently available. Nautique Lakefront Residences offers luxurious condominium suites overlooking the waterfront in downtown Burlington. Pricing starts from the $500,000s for one-bedroom and $700,000s for two-bedrooms. Luxurious and penthouse suites available. Grand opening continues at Stationwest, with a limited collection of Terrace Townhomes, each boasting two storeys of living space, a private rooftop terrace, and a two-car garage. Pricing starts from the mid $600,000s, located steps from the Aldershot GO station. Watch for the new release of Townhomes at Valera, coming in late 2019. Valera is a masterplanned community in Alton Village.

Learn more about Adi Developments and its communities by registering at the website.


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The United Building Condos

The United Building Condos offers a luxurious oasis in the heart of the city

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The United Building Condos offers a luxurious oasis in the heart of the city

When residents move into The United Building at 481 University Ave., they will enjoy one of Toronto’s most luxurious and convenient lifestyles. To ensure that the building amenities uphold the quality and reflect the styling of North America’s largest architectural heritage development, Davpart Inc. enlisted the prestigious firm Tomas Pearce Interior Design Consulting Inc. In all, The United Building will have more than 15,000 sq. ft. of amenity space spread over several floors.

According to Tomas Pearce, principal partner Melandro Quilatan, “The sophisticated urbanites we’re designing for include everyone from young professionals to well-travelled empty-nesters. They want to live in the heart of Toronto where the action is, and they want to come home to a welcoming cocoon away from the hustle and bustle. We designed the amenities as calming extensions of their private living spaces.”

For example, the change rooms on the 14th floor feature rain rooms and saunas overlooking the indoor pool, deck and landscaped courtyard on the level below. The lap pool is set off by glazing panels that open like a garage door. It’s gorgeous. That space is very Zen and very spa.”

Quilatan adds that purchasers at The United Building appreciate culture. “Local artists will be commissioned to provide art and culture statements throughout the amenity areas, which include an 11th-floor gallery. We will encourage sculptors to take inspiration from the bas relief being preserved on the exterior. I have always been mesmerized by its detailing. In fact, for the interior design, we took cues from the beautiful classically contemporary exterior by B+H Architects and heritage consultant ERA Architects. Their design preserves the exteriors of two of the original Maclean Publishing buildings constructed in 1928 and 1961, which inspired us to incorporate Art Deco influences. By tapping into that design era, we appeal to both traditionalists and modernists. One piece we’re excited about is a backlit glass installation behind the concierge desk featuring hand-blown glass fringe. It will be a standout.”

Among the other amenities are a chic party room with kitchenette, lounge with fireplace, three-tiered theatre, sports lounge with billiards, video gaming lounge and golf simulator. There is also an idea space, which Quilatan says is there for socializing or working privately. It features sofas, booths, sectioned-off desks and a coffee area.

Purchasers can select from studio to one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom designs. For further information, stop by the presentation centre, located at 481 University Ave., or visit the website.


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Lake Suites at Lakeside

Lake Suites at Lakeside

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Lake Suites at Lakeside

Dan Menchions
Dan Menchions, Partner, II by IV Design

What influences are we seeing today with regard to amenity spaces in new condos?

In the current market, expectations are so much higher than what they use to be. People want authenticity and quality. We have also seen a considerable trend that is giving more emphasis on incorporating hospitality features into condominium interiors. For example, at Lakeside, we focused on creating interior spaces with comforts and qualities reminiscent of a boutique hotel. The lobby warmly welcomes all residents; the party room is complete with dining, kitchenette, lounge, fireplace, a games area and access to exterior amenities; the theatre and lounge spaces are designed with a bar and island; and the fitness room and yoga/personal training studio offer a luxurious retreat from the comfort of your own home.

You describe II by IV Design as “experts at interpreting current and emerging consumer behaviours, attitudes and expectations.” What exactly are you hearing and seeing?

We are always researching new design trends and travelling the world to be inspired. There is always innovation happening, and our job is to identify the best option for a particular project. We don’t have a signature style and we really work hard to understand each of our projects in depth, and offer unique design solutions best suited for the client’s needs.

At Lakeside, for example, the aesthetic feels modern, but with classic detailing, which will uphold their style and remain visually significant for many years.

What are the key features at Lakeside, and what kind of spaces have you designed?

Lakeside is a highrise community in quite a significant location in the city, south of the Gardiner, across from Sugar Beach, steps from Lake Ontario. It’s a key project for the emerging East Bayfront neighbourhood that is poised to become a key live/ work/play district in downtown Toronto. It will offer a mix of sustainable residential communities, state-of-the-art workplaces and renewed connections to the water and parklands, creating tranquility in a busy city. Everyone – people of all different ages and stages, including families – will want to live here. The area is also being planned to become a true extension of the downtown core.

At Lakeside, we designed the interior spaces for the third building, Lake Suites, which sits at the most southern portion of the site and is the residence closest to the water.

How is Lake Suites’ unique location reflected in the amenity spaces?

Tying into the recreational culture of the waterfront, outdoor condo amenities include a rooftop putting green, outdoor dining and barbecue spaces, as well as a fireside lounge with picturesque views of Lake Ontario.

The rooftop putting green is very different and unique for downtown living. Being so close to the water, it provides an opportunity for residents to enjoy an outdoor recreational culture on the waterfront from the comfort of their own home. Residents will also have access to a rooftop swimming pool on the podium of the adjacent Park and Sky building, as part of the masterplanned development.

Lobby interiors are inspired by the surrounding waterscape, with colours such as warm woods, cool blues and accents of grey. Light wood panelling is contrasted by dark, full height custom doors and hardware. Other features include integrated millwork and bespoke lighting, as well as an art program inspired by the waterfront. The contemporary appeal of the lobby extends through the design of all amenity spaces and residential suites.

For further information on Lakeside or to register call (416.968.9196) or visit the website.


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Signature Series at The Well

Signature Series at The Well offers luxury in the middle of an urban playground

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Signature Series at The Well offers luxury in the middle of an urban playground

With only 98 suites in a boutique condominium, Signature Series at The Well boasts a rare combination of exclusive, modern luxury within one of the most ambitious, dynamic mixed use developments anywhere in North America.

Purposefully designed as an escape from the everyday, the spacious, terraced suites overlook the revitalized grand promenade of Wellington, stretching from Victoria Memorial Square all the way to Clarence Square. One of Toronto’s most historic corridors, this re-imagined stretch of Wellington will fulfill a 100-year-old plan to connect the two squares with a linear park and walkway when completed.

Residents at Signature Series gain access to a private collection of meticulously crafted amenities designed by award-winning interior design firm II BY IV Design. Stunning natural materials and the ambient light of a fireplace adorn the luxurious entertainment lounge, while restrained opulence and dark and light contrasts encourage you to entertain friends and family in grand style in the dining room. On the amenity terrace, a swimming pool, contemporary cabanas, and outdoor fireplace conspire to create a private oasis in downtown west, coloured by sparkling blue waters.

Ranging in size from more than 1,000 sq. ft. to more than 3,200 sq. ft. and starting at $1.8 million, the interior suites feature Miele appliances and engineered hardwood floors throughout. Vast glass windows provide stunning views of the city and abundant natural light. The pinnacle of understated, elegance, the Signature Series may be nestled on the quiet end of Wellington, but a series of pedestrian walkways and alleys connect residents to the cutting-edge restaurants, premium retail, future-proofed workplaces and boundless entertainment options that are set to transform downtown Toronto’s west end. Conceived as a natural extension of the vibrancy of King West, The Well is a choreographed mix of urban experiences, dynamic architecture and interconnected public spaces that will combine one million sq. ft. of premium office space with 420,000 sq. ft. of retail and food experiences, and 1,700 residential units.

The Signature Series at The Well features two-bedroom, two-bedroom plus den, and three-bedroom layouts, with occupancy slated for July 2022. Residences at The Well by Tridel will also have another distinct living opportunity – urban living in two condominiums along Front Street. Tridel’s Classic Series I and Classic Series II are two highrise condominiums comprised of 38 and 22 storeys, respectively. Occupancy for both towers is expected to begin in 2022.

For further information on Tridel’s The Well visit the website.


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