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Breaking ground for Nobu

Breaking ground for Nobu

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Breaking ground for Nobu

Nobu Toronto, featuring the world’s first Nobu branded highrise residences, will be located in the heart of the entertainment district on Mercer Street.

Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, Academy Award winner Robert De Niro, Hollywood producer Meir Teper, principals of Nobu Hospitality, along with Miguel Singer and Nelly Zagdanski, principals of developer Madison Group, officially broke ground on the highly anticipated Nobu Toronto – the world’s first integrated Nobu Residences, Nobu Hotel and Nobu Restaurant in the world.

The event celebrated Nobu’s fashionable style with acclaimed Taiko drumming ensemble Nagata Shachu ushering in the famed hospitality team alongside principals from Madison Group.

After remarks and receiving congratulations from Toronto Mayor John Tory and standing in front of a 40-foot 3D Nobu sculpture, Matsuhisa led a ceremonial sake toast. The stakeholders then picked up golden shovels and planted them in the dirt, signaling the project’s official groundbreaking.

“It’s an exciting project, our partners are terrific people and hopefully we do other things together too,” said De Niro.

“Thank you so much to Madison Group,” said Matsuhisa. “Next comes the hotel, residence and restaurant! I am so excited to be here today with all of my team and I’m looking forward to introducing my food to Torontonians.”

Many of the residential purchasers were thrilled to be in attendance, taking pictures in front of the sculpture and remarking about their excitement that the project was about to commence construction.

“It was just one year today that we announced this landmark development and we could not be more thrilled to share this day with our future residents, our Nobu Hospitality family, Mayor Tory and our partners at Westdale Properties and Adler Investments,” said Josh Zagdanski, VP highrise, Madison Group. “Nobu Toronto will be one of the most special destinations in Toronto and we are excited to bring this highly anticipated brand to Canada.”

“These principals have chosen to extend a globally respected brand into the combined food, hospitality and residential sector and we are just delighted that they have chosen Toronto to do that,” said Tory.

Nobu Toronto, a dynamic project featuring the world’s first Nobu branded highrise residences, as well as Canada’s first Nobu Hotel and Nobu Restaurant, will be located in the heart of the entertainment district on Mercer Street. Nobu Toronto will rise 45 storeys above the historic Pilkington Glass Factory with two dramatic residential towers.

Nobu is one of the world’s most celebrated luxury hospitality brands renowned for its award-winning cuisine and exceptional hotel offerings in the world’s most desirable locales.

Founded by Matsuhisa, De Niro and Teper, the growing Nobu Hospitality portfolio caters to vibrant international customers, celebrities, tastemakers and powerbrokers. The exclusive Nobu Hotel Toronto will offer a collection of 36 guest suites located atop the west tower, with stunning panoramic views and featuring the best of everything – from distinctive service to energized public spaces.

A cornerstone of the Nobu Hotel and Residences is Nobu Restaurant with its approximately 15,000-square-foot, two-level restaurant, signature bar lounge, outdoor seating and chic private dining rooms.

Construction is set to begin immediately.



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Madison Groups’ highly anticipated Award Winning highrise anchors Canada’s first Nobu Hotel and Restaurant

Award Winning Nobu Residences Toronto, the highly anticipated highrise anchoring Canada’s first Nobu Hotel and Nobu Restaurant, was honoured with a prestigious International Interior Design Association Award for its remarkable presentation gallery. The IIDA Global Excellence Awards honour and celebrate outstanding originality and excellence in the creation of international Interior Design/Interior Architecture projects from around the globe.

Venerable interior design firm Studio Munge, which envisioned the space and is overseeing the interior design for the integrated residences, hotel and restaurant, and principals from developer Madison Group were recognized for their vision during a ceremony that took place on January 20, 2018 in Paris, France.

North America’s first integrated Nobu Residences, Nobu Hotel and Nobu Restaurant was announced last summer at a media event in the presentation gallery attended by Nobu Hospitality founders, Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, Academy Award winner Robert De Niro and Hollywood producer Meir Teper.

The gallery is a design marvel – with the team electing to control the natural light in order to maintain the luxury brand’s exclusivity, and transporting visitors into a modern oasis representative of the Nobu lifestyle. The interplay between the ethereal living elements and the lack of natural light allows guests to absorb themselves in the tranquil atmosphere, evoking a desirable cadence for one’s residential life.

“Unlike most presentation centres, the Nobu Gallery is a completely immersive experience that allows visitors to suspend outside influences,” said Josh Zagdanski, vice president, highrise, Madison Group. “When we first discussed concepts with the visionary team at Studio Munge, they understood that the Nobu lifestyle is not only the embodiment of sophisticated materials that will enhance the building, but that the space must capture a specific sensibility that people identify with. The Nobu Gallery is a very special environment and perfectly heightens that feeling. We are immensely proud that it is being recognized globally.”

Embodying the elements of a Japanese reflection pond, guests enter a long corridor enformed by a symmetrical water feature. The many delicate streams of water flow downwards from the ceiling, gathering in a curved pool which is integrated into the jet-black stone floor. The rhythm of the water is a metronome of tranquility as guests emerge into the open space amongst interior walls shaped with blonde, vertical wood slats reminiscent of the Japanese wood, Hinoki.

Absent of all natural light, the space transforms into an intimate succession of lounge seating illuminated by soft, ambient lighting. Oversized black and white portraits, autographed by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa and Robert De Niro, welcome guests into the model suite. A model kitchen and living room invite guests to experience the brand’s offerings through elegant marble surfaces and refined modern furnishings while suspending the hustle and bustle of the cosmopolitan downtown experience outside the presentation gallery’s boundaries.

With only a few suites remaining, the Nobu Penthouse Collection will reside on the top five floors of the east tower, with breathtaking city and lake views. Purchasers can select from a variety of three-bedroom layouts, ranging in size from 856 to 1,500 square feet.

All penthouse suites will feature ten-foot ceilings. Thoughtfully selected interior finishes by Studio Munge will feature engineered hardwood flooring throughout, a premium selection of marble or granite kitchen countertops and backsplash, and Miele kitchen appliances.

Those interested in the Nobu Residences Penthouse Collection are encouraged to visit the Sales Gallery, located at 10 Mercer Street, Toronto or NobuResidences.ca.


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Neighbourhood Watch: Queen West & King West

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Neighbourhood Watch: Queen West & King West

Housing Options

The condo boom began in the Entertainment District when abandoned warehouses in the area began to be transformed into lofts, or were demolished to make way for condo towers. With the huge increase in residents, there has been a decrease in the number of night clubs, mostly because of the noise and traffic issues associated with those types of venues.

David Mirvish’s two-storey condo complex at the northeast corner of King and John Streets, designed by Frank Gehry, would see the addition of a huge art gallery space. The 92- storey and 82-storey towers will be developed by Great Gulf, which also has 357 King West Condos under development. As well, Robert De Niro’s Nobu Hotel started sales of their first Nobu Condos in the summer and Empire Developments will develop Maverick Condos, a 47- storey condominium at 323 King St West.

Leisure Pursuits

Do you need to ask? The area is called the Entertainment District. Live theatre rules, with the Princess of Wales Theatre, the Royal Alex, Roy Thomson Hall, the Four Seasons Centre, Theatre Passe Muraille and the Factory Theatre. But cinema is also well represented with the TIFF Bell Lightbox and the large complex of movie screens at the Scotiabank Theatre at Richmond and John Streets and the National Film Board of Canada’s home right across the street. Need a laugh? Try an evening at Second City, Yuk Yuk’s or the Forget About It Supper Club.

If you want to stroll the area, check out the stars of Canada’s Walk of Fame along King between Simcoe and John Streets, and on Simcoe south of King. This year’s inductees were Olympic sprinter Donovan Bailey, civil rights pioneer Viola Desmond, actor Anna Paquin, businessman Ted Rogers, scientist and broadcaster David Suzuki, singer/songwriter Stompin’ Tom Connor, and singer/songwriter and Shawn Hook (Allan Slaight Honour).

Parks & Rec

Clarence Square – located where Wellington Street West meets Spadina Avenue – is one of the oldest remaining parks in the downtown core. Although a small area, it is relatively quiet and shady, with many large trees, a spacious grassy area and a fenced in dog park. The Roundhouse Park is 17 acres and features the John Street Roundhouse, a preserved locomotive roundhouse that is home to the Toronto Railway Museum.

Retail Therapy

Shop until you drop into one of the fabulous restaurants, cafés or bars located throughout the district. Although there aren’t any large indoor malls in the area, stores of all kinds are plentiful and range from modest to bespoke.

Queen Street west of Spadina Avenue has some of the highest density of independent and chain stores. But if you want to stay inside, just wander through Toronto’s PATH to find an outstanding array of retail, or head on over to the Eaton Centre.

Easy Access

Subways, streetcars and all-night buses service the area. Union Station is close by, so GO Transit is readily available, as is easy access to the Gardiner Expressway and DVP.



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