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.