By Jack Landau, Urban Toronto 

Earlier this year, we took a first look inside of the presentation centre for Lakeside Residences, a new condominium community by Greenland Group, coming soon to Lake Shore and Sherbourne in Toronto’s East Bayfront area. The latest phase to hit the market of the multi-tower, Hariri Pontarini Architects-designed condominium development is the community’s 39-storey tower, with new additions to the sales centre as marketing gears up.

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39-storey tower at Lakeside Residences, image courtesy of Greenland Group

Joining the presentation centre’s collection of displays is a new pair of bathroom and kitchen vignettes. These suite vignettes provide a glimpse of the interiors of the 39-storey tower’s units stretching from levels 2 to 37. The kitchen vignette includes standard features like appliances, warm woodgrain cabinets, stone backsplashes, along with upgraded features like a kitchen island.

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Kitchen mock-up, Lakeside Residences, image courtesy of Greenland Group

The new bathroom display shows off a similar palette that includes warm hues of stone and wood grain finishes, as well as a vanity with porcelain sink, chrome faucet, and mirrored-storage cabinet. The combination shower bathtub features full height wall tile surround.

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Bathroom mock-up, Lakeside Residences, image courtesy of Greenland Group

Known as “Lake Suites”, the current release of units are being offered in one-to-three bedroom layouts, ranging in area from 477 up to 1,101 ft². Greenland is placing emphasis on the views offered from these suites, with panoramic vistas overlooking the waterfront and Lake Ontario to the south, as well as the Downtown Toronto skyline to the west.

By Jack Landau, Urban Toronto 

Construction of Greenland Group‘s King Blue condominium development in Toronto’s Entertainment District has achieved a milestone this week as disassembly of the tower cranes used to build the 460 and 511-foot towers has begun. Now topped out at 44 and 48-storey heights, the removal of the tower cranes from the IBI Group-designed development at King Street West and Blue Jays Way marks the completion of forming and the shift towards completing interiors for an opening later this year.

King Blue Condos, Greenland Canada, IBI Group Architects, TorontoLooking north to King Blue from Front Street, image by Forum contributor Red Mars

With work furthest along on the shorter 44-storey west tower, a pair of derricks have been erected atop the building’s mechanical penthouse. Once the rigs have finished disassembly of the west tower’s crane, they will be disassembled themselves by even smaller rigs. This process will be repeated soon atop the 48-storey east tower.

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Meanwhile, work on the towers’ exteriors has progressed smoothly in recent months. The main exterior envelope of window wall cladding of full-pane windows framed by dark aluminum spandrel panels and mullions now covers almost all of the tower floors, with small sections remaining on residential and mechanical penthouse levels. Installation of balcony glazing has also progressed, with over half of the towers’ balconies glazed.

King Blue Condos, Greenland Canada, IBI Group Architects, TorontoUpper levels of King Blue Condos, image by Forum contributor Red Mars

Once complete, the towers will bring over 800 new homes to the Entertainment District. In addition to housing some of the residential units, the podium will contribute to the local vibrancy with retail spaces on the ground floor, a permanent home for Theatre Museum Canada on the second floor on the south side, and a 122-room Primus Hotel on the north side.

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King Blue Condos, image courtesy of Greenland Canada

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Following on the successful sales of the 49-storey east tower at Greenland Group‘s Lakeside Residences, a second tower is launching for the Hariri Pontarini Architects-designed condominium development coming to Lake Shore and Sherbourne in Toronto’s East Bayfront area. Set to launch this fall, the second phase 39-storey tower’s initial release of units will be known as the Lake Suites, set to occupy all but the top two levels of the tower, with the penthouses to follow as a separate phase.

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Lakeside Residences with new tower highlighted, image courtesy of Greenland Group

A set of renderings accompanying the launch reveal tweaks to the tower’s design, and new details of the building’s interiors, including both the look of the common spaces and the residential suites themselves.

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Facing south to the 39-storey tower at Lakeside Residences, image courtesy of Greenland Group

The lobby with welcome residents home with natural finishes like stone and wood, and provide a comfortable place for them or their guests to gather or wait, or interact wth the concierge.

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Lobby at Lakeside Residences’ 39-storey tower, image courtesy of Greenland Group

Lake Suites are offered in one through three bedroom layouts, ranging in area from 477 through 1,101 ft². The suites take advantage of their position with expansive views overlooking the waterfront and Lake Ontario to the south, as well as the downtown skyline to the west.

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Suite interior, Lake Suites at Lakeside Residences, image courtesy of Greenland Group

Residents will also have access to a collection of amenity spaces found on the tower’s third and fourth floors. We will be back for a look at them another time. For now, additional Lakeside Residences information and images can be found in our database file for the project, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum threads, or leave a comment in the field provided at the bottom of the page.

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The latest development now rising into the skyline of Toronto’s Entertainment District, Greenland Group‘s King Blue, has been steadily growing taller at the intersection of King Street West and Blue Jays Way. The 44 and 48-storey, IBI Group-designed condominium towers had reached 24-storey heights at the time of our last update in May, and after a few more months of forming, both towers now stand in the vicinity of 40 storeys. At the current rate of forming, the towers will reach their final heights in the Fall.

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King Blue Condos viewed from the north on Peter Street, image by Forum contributor MafaldaBoy

As the towers’ concrete rises higher, cladding installation is following several floors behind, and adding detail to the exteriors. A window wall cladding featuring full-pane windows and dark aluminum spandrel panels and mullions forms the towers’ main building envelope, while fritted glass balcony guards are now being installed across lower floors, providing some contrast against the dark cladding behind.

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Gradient-fritted balcony guards are being installed now, mage by Craig White

At the base of the development, the towers’ shared podium contains the preserved north and west facades of the 1927-built Canadian Westinghouse Building, (a small corner of it can be seen at the bottom of the preceding photo). It is being flanked by newly built sections that are being clad in a dark brick finish (seen in the background of the photo below). The dark brick is meant to complement the Westinghouse facades while still standing apart from them.

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Brick finishes adding to base of King Blue Condos, image by Forum contributor ProjectEnd

The podium is to house ground-floor retail spaces, a 122-room Primus Hotel, a new and permanent home for Theatre Museum Canada, and some of the development’s over 800 condominium units.

King Blue Condos, Greenland Canada, IBI Group Architects, Toronto

You can learn more about King Blue by visiting our database file for the project, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum threads, or leave a comment in the space provided at the bottom of this page.

South-facing windows are a fixture of passive design, favoured for their solar heat absorption and significantly lower energy bills. Prospective buyers who choose from the new release of 36 south-facing suites at Lakeside Residences will also enjoy sweeping views of beautiful Lake Ontario and nearby parks. When complete, the master-planned community by Greenland Group Canada will include nearly 2,000 condominiums and 30,000 square feet of retail space.

This limited stack of three units starts on the second floor of Lakeside Residences and extends to the 13th, featuring floorplans that range from one-bedroom to two-bedroom-plus-den. The new release appeals to all types of buyers, from investors, to first-timers, to downsizers. The smallest suites measure around 500 square feet, while the more spacious residences hover around 1,000 square feet. One suite in particular that stands out for its uniqueness is the one-bedroom-plus-den with two full bathrooms — providing additional space for a home office and a convenient secondary bathroom for guests.

Renowned design firm Cecconi Simone crafted the elegant interiors. Suites will be characterized by nine-foot smooth ceilings, prefinished laminate flooring, floor-to-ceiling windows and generous outdoor spaces.

The collection of south-facing suites will have prime access to the public amenities in the surrounding area, including Sherbourne Common, the Water’s Edge Promenade and Sugar Beach. Even closer to home, residents can experience Lakeside Residences’ exceptional onsite amenities. Host a large get-together in the stylish party room, or challenge your neighbour to a game of pool in the games area.

The state-of-the-art fitness centre boasts a sauna and steam rooms, and there’s a whimsical children’s play area for families with little ones. During the warmer months, residents can unwind on the rooftop terrace, complete with a swimming pool, cabanas and comfortable lounge chairs. In addition, an exterior courtyard located at the base of the tower will serve as a dynamic public space for all to enjoy.

Lakeside Residences is located at 215 Lake Shore Boulevard East in the emerging East Bayfront neighbourhood. Steps away is the future site of Quayside, a ‘smart city’ being developed by Sidewalk Labs (a subsidiary of Alphabet, which is owned by Google) and Waterfront Toronto. Spread across 12-acres, Quayside will include urban parks, pedestrian-friendly streetscapes, and more than three million square feet of residential, office and commercial space. It will also be home to Google’s new Canadian headquarters.

Image courtesy of Waterfront Toronto

Be sure to register online ahead of the new release of suites at Lakeside Residences.

For more information, please visit lakesidetoronto.com, call 416 366 8802 or email info@lakesidetoronto.com.

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Toronto’s eastern waterfront is on the verge of a major transformation. The former industrial site will soon see the addition of new urban parks, public spaces, and state-of-the-art commercial and residential developments. The area’s potential is what attracted developers like Greenland Group Canada, who announced plans for its Lakeside Residences project last year. The much-anticipated 3.5-acre master-planned community is situated on the former FedEx lands at 215 Lake Shore Boulevard East and will consist of eight towers, nearly 2,000 condominiums and 30,000 square feet of retail space.

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Steps away is the future site of Quayside, a ‘smart city’ being developed by Sidewalk Labs (a subsidiary of Alphabet, which is owned by Google) and Waterfront Toronto. Spread across 12-acres, Quayside is a mixed-use community that will include urban parks, pedestrian-friendly streetscapes, and more than three million square feet of residential, office and commercial space. Combining urban design with digital technology, Quayside is poised to attract thousands of new residents and employers, including Google’s new Canadian headquarters.

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The ambitious project celebrated a major milestone last summer when a Plan Development Agreement (PDA) was signed between Waterfront Toronto and Sidewalk Labs. The PDA defines and governs the planning and funding relationship between the two organizations and outlines budgetary and joint oversight measures.

“We are excited to take this next step with Sidewalk Labs to set the stage for delivering a truly transformational project on the waterfront that addresses many critical urban issues faced by our City and other cities,” said Helen Burstyn, Chair of Waterfront Toronto’s Board of Directors, in a press release.

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More recently, the winning designs for two new neighbourhood parks were announced by Waterfront Toronto in partnership with the City of Toronto’s Parks, Forest and Recreation Division. The designs include Love Park by Claude Cormier et Associés along York Street and Rees Ridge by wHY Architecture and Brook Mcllroy for the Rees Street Park.

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Designed by the award winning Hariri Pontarini Architects, the sail-shaped profile of the two main towers takes visual cues from the city’s lively waterfront, while the glass facade reflects the calming waters of Lake Ontario. Fritted glass balconies taper and flare, illuminating the tower’s edge giving them a strong presence and visual interest from all angles.

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At the base of the towers is an exterior courtyard designed as an urban backyard with an emphasis on walkability, leisure, parklands and easy access to cafes and retail amenities.

To learn more about Lakeside Residences, be sure to register online at lakesidetoronto.com.

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As the marketing of Lakeside Residences by Greenland Group continues, new details of are being released for the multi-tower, Hariri Pontarini Architects-designed condominium development coming to Toronto’s East Bayfront area. The site of the project—a former FedEx service centre at 215 Lake Shore Boulevard East at Sherbourne—has recently been transformed into a presentation centre for the development, offering prospective buyers a taste of the architecture, interior finishes, and the surrounding neighbourhood.

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Lakeside Residences presentation centre, image courtesy of Greenland Group

Appointed by interior designers Cecconi Simone, visitors to the presentation centre will be greeted by a reception area showing off the project’s branding, featuring funky lighting and decorations that complement the aesthetic presented in renderings of the development’s interior amenities.

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Inside the Lakeside Residences presentation centre, image courtesy of Greenland Group

This reception area leads to an open space featuring a minimalist aesthetic, placing focus on visual marketing aids like renderings and wall-mounted video display screens. Tables and seating areas throughout the space offer places for and visitors to discuss purchases with Greenland representatives, or go over any questions about the project.

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Lakeside Residences presentation centre, image courtesy of Greenland Group

Serving as the presentation centre’s focal point, a scale model of the development’s initial phases builds upon the renderings being used to market the project, offering visitors a chance to soak in more details of the building’s architecture. Lakeside’s design draws inspiration from the sailboats commonly seen in the harbour a short distance to the south, evident in the complementary convex and concave facades seen on the first phase’s taller towers.

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Scale model at the Lakeside Residences presentation centre, image courtesy of Greenland Group

Other features include a display of the various standard and upgraded finish packages that purchasers can select from.

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Finish packages at the Lakeside Residences presentation centre, image courtesy of Greenland Group

You can visit the Lakeside Residences presentation centre for yourself, open from Monday to Thursday, 12PM to 6PM, as well as Saturdays and Sundays from 12PM to 5PM.

Additional information and images can be found in our database file for the project, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum threads, or leave a comment in the field provided at the bottom of this page.