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Steven McLean, Residential, Real Estate News Exchange

China-based international developer Greenland Group expanded into Canada five years ago, and today its projects are a major component of Toronto’s rapidly transforming East Bayfront area.

IMAGE: The Lake Suite condos will be constructed by Greenland Group at Toronto's East Bayfront area. (Courtesy Greenland Group)

The Lake Suite condos will be constructed by Greenland Group at Toronto’s East Bayfront area. (Courtesy Greenland Group)

 

“East Bayfront is our long-term focus,” Greenland Group deputy director of construction and contract Liwen Deng told RENX. The company is about to break ground on Phase 1 of the project, which will ultimately consist of seven buildings.

“With all of the development in The Port Lands and East Bayfront, we want to ensure that this vibrant community continues to emulate the best of urban waterfront living and that it has an active part in bridging city and lake.”

Lakeside Residences is a 3.34-acre master-planned community at 215 Lake Shore Blvd. E., just west of Lower Sherbourne Street, which was formerly occupied by FedEx Corporation. It will include more than 1,800 residential units and more than 25,000 square feet of retail.

The 14-storey City Suites Building was the first to launch with an estimated June 2021 occupancy, followed by the 49-storey Park and Sky Building with an estimated July 2022 occupancy.

Greenland Group’s Lake Suites

Park and Sky is being followed by a 39-storey, 374-suite condo tower called Lake Suites.

Lake Suites will include one-bedroom, one-bedroom-plus-den, two-bedroom, two-bedroom-plus-den and three-bedroom designs. Prices start in the $700,000s.

Sales started earlier this year, with occupancy estimated for March of 2023.

Hoarding is about to go up and Phase I demolition and construction will start this fall.

Deng said July was a very busy sales month. Greenland Group just closed its presentation centre on Lake Shore and moved sales to an office at 493 Davenport Rd.

Lake Suites’ fourth-floor exterior amenities will include a putting green, a fireside lounge with seating, an outdoor barbecue and a dining area. Park and Sky will include an outdoor infinity pool with lounge and terrace areas atop its adjacent podium.

Hariri Pontarini Architects designed the buildings at Lakeside Residences. Landscape designer Janet Rosenberg & Studio Inc.’s courtyard and other exterior spaces will highlight the development’s walkability, surrounding parkland and opportunities for leisure, cafes and retail experiences nearby.

East Bayfront

“The master-plan for the East Bayfront neighbourhood includes a network of pedestrian connections and pathways merging the city with the waterfront, and it is also a short streetcar ride to Toronto’s financial district,” said Deng.

“The area will become a true extension of the downtown core and this community will be part of what links the city to the water. The landscape will provide residents with a unique four-season environment woven into the master-planned design.”

Waterfront Toronto is overseeing the transformation of the East Bayfront area with investment from all levels of government and the private sector. Just a block away from Lakeside Residences, Canada’s first “smart cities” neighbourhood is being planned by Google sister company Sidewalk Labs.

Deng believes the smart cities neighbourhood will be good for the area.

“The future neighbourhood brings an aspect of modern living to Toronto that will help maintain Toronto’s trajectory as a leader in tech. Its impact on living and evolving better infrastructure will be a model for future development and we’re excited to see it become part of the community.

“We’re watching as consultations proceed to see how this will change East Bayfront.”

The next phase of Lakeside Residences is still in the planning stages.

Among other completed or under construction buildings nearby are:

Corus Quay, which houses Corus Entertainment and a George Brown College campus;

* the mixed-use Daniels Waterfront – City of the Arts;

Great Gulf’s Monde Condominiums;

Hines and Tridel‘s Aqualina at BaysideAquabella at Bayside and Aquavista at Bayside condos;

Waterfront Innovation Centre, a partnership between Menkes Developments and Alcion Ventures, in collaboration with Waterfront Toronto;

* and Menkes’ Sugar Wharf Condominiums.

Greenland Group’s King Blue

Greenland Group entered the Canadian market in 2014 when it bought King Blue, a mixed-use development at the historic Westinghouse site on Toronto’s King Street West at Blue Jays Way.

Towers of 48 and 44 storeys are nearing completion and will feature more than 900 condo suites, with occupancy to begin this fall. King Blue will also feature a theatre museum and Qube Hotel, which is scheduled to open in the autumn of 2020.

China-based Greenland Group is a company owned in part by the state, its employees and investors. It was founded in Shanghai in 1992. Greenland is one of the few developers in the world that’s part of the Global Fortune 500, with projects in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

“We are recognized worldwide for creating iconic landmark communities and vibrant neighbourhoods,” said Deng. “We take pride in our attention to detail, our use of only the best materials and choosing the best and most prime locations in every city.”

Paul Barker, Special to Postmedia Nework, Toronto Sun

Broccolini’s River & Fifth features a Baja-style pool (with lounge-style seating in the shallow end) and sun tanning deck with South Beach-inspired cabanas.

 

The condominium amenity upgrade movement is heating up as both developer and designers realize the need to provide an assortment of unique features and services is as important as the quality of the units themselves.

Perspective condo buyers today don’t want the gym that consists of three or four treadmills and an exercise bike or a patio and pool area that is sub-par at best, they want more, far more.

Two multi-storey projects currently under construction that reflect what is possible and what could soon become mainstream in terms of amenities are Montreal-based developer Broccolini’s River & Fifth and the Lake Suites, a Greenland Group (Canada) project, both of which are located in the city’s Downtown East district.

Dan Menchions, a partner at II by IV Design, the interior design firm at Lakeside, says he has seen a “considerable trend in the residential market that is giving more emphasis on incorporating features into condominium interiors.

“The East Bayfront neighbourhood where Lakeside is located, 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 being planned to become a true extension of the downtown core.”

While interior amenities include a party room with dining, kitchenette, lounge, fireplace and games area, theatre and lounge space, fitness room and yoga/personal training studio, it’s the outdoor amenities that really reflect a changing trend.

Once built, there will be a rooftop swimming pool, putting green, outdoor dining and barbeque entertaining spaces and a fireside lounge.
“The rooftop putting green and pool are very different and unique in terms of amenities to complement downtown living,” says Menchions. “Being so close to the water provides an opportunity for residents to enjoy an outdoor recreational culture of the waterfront from the comfort of their own home.”

The importance of having unique amenities, he adds, can’t be overlooked.

“In the current market, expectations are so much higher than what they used to be. People want authenticity and quality. For Lakeside, we focused on using materials with natural qualities, inspired by the cityscape and surrounding waterscape. Colours derived from nature, such as warm woods, cool blues and accents of grey throughout, evoking the reflection of clouds on water.

“We are not designing for a particular trend here but for quality and longevity of the finished space and product. The aesthetic feels modern, but with classic detailing, which will uphold their style and remain visually significant for many, many years.”

There is, says Menchions, “always innovation happening in the design industry, and our job is to identify the best option for a particular project and client.”

Meanwhile, the 580-unit River & Fifth project being built by Montreal-based Broccolini, will contain upwards 25,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor amenity space, key among them being adjacent parkland on the southside of the development and a pedestrian connection to Bayview Ave. that leads to Corktown Commons and a co-working area.

There will also be a children’s game room and lounge, large fitness area with ballet bar and boxing gym and Baja-style pool.

“River and Fifth is on a unique site,” says Enzo Corazza, principal at Graziani + Corazza Architects. “You are slightly removed from the downtown core, on a quiet street that backs on to the Don River and Trail. This sparked the idea to bring a sense of the outdoors inside the building and integrate a natural park feel into the amenity spaces.”

Anthony Broccolini, COO of a development firm that built Montreal’s two tallest residential towers, says having common areas is a “great way” to build a sense of community

“You want people to be happy with their home and there is far more beyond the physical space of the condo unit itself. From a design point-of-view we want to give a community the opportunity to grow. There are certain ingredients that allow that to happen.

“When it comes to condo living, some units are big, some are small, but to have spaces throughout that you consider to be part of your home, you gain additional living space.”

An example of that is the co-working area, which he says, will be there to give residents an option. Instead of working at the kitchen table they can choose a more dynamic working environment that will also allow them to interact with others who live in the building.

Livabl

LakeSide_LivingRoom

After the successful launch of the first tower, Greenland Group Canada is introducing prospective homebuyers to Lake Suites, the second tower in the Lakeside master-planned community. When complete, Lakeside will transform Toronto’s East Bayfront into a 3.85 acre mixed-use community with seven towers, over 30,000 square feet of retail, urban parks and upwards of 2,000 new residential units with waterfront and city views.

Situated on the southwest corner of the site, Lake Suites boasts a modern design by internationally-renowned architecture firm Hariri Pontarini Architects. Together, the 39-storey tower and 49-storey first tower feature a bold design that pays homage to the waterfront location with sweeping lines that mimic the taper and flair of a sail in the wind. At street level, the landscape will provide residents with a unique four-season environment that connects seamlessly to the surrounding boardwalks, parklands, and trails of the East Bayfront neighbourhood.

LakeSuites_Exterior1

Poised to become a key live/work/play district in downtown Toronto, the community will also offer a variety of local amenities and educational facilities, including George Brown College’s waterfront campus. Well-connected to both public transit and major thoroughfares, the city’s Financial District is a short bus ride away, while the neighbouring Smart City proposal by Sidewalk Labs is expected to bring state-of-the-art workspaces and an additional 44,000 tech jobs to the area.

Designed by the award-winning II BY IV DESIGN, the interiors at Lake Suites are clean and contemporary, starting with an inviting lobby sculpted with natural materials such as marble and wood. The sleek lines and timeless design of the lobby extend throughout the public amenity spaces and private suites.

LakeSide_Exterior2

Residents of Lake Suites will have access to an abundance of hotel-inspired amenities from a rooftop swimming pool to a putting green. Other amenities make the most of the building’s lakeside location with al fresco dining spaces, barbecue entertaining areas and a fireside lounge complete with sweeping views of Lake Ontario.

Priced from the mid $600,000s, available suites consist of one-bedroom to three-bedroom layouts including units with unobstructed views of the lake and the Toronto Islands. Floorplans are bright and open with lots of natural light, functional living rooms, and kitchens with plenty of entertaining and storage space.

To learn more about Lake Suites, be sure to register online for priority access at lakesidetoronto.com and visit the sales centre located at 493 Davenport Road. Hours are Monday to Thursday from 12pm to 6pm and weekends from 12pm to 5pm.

For more information, call 416 366 8802 or email sales@lakesidetoronto.com.

National Post

Lake Suites, nestled between Toronto’s downtown core and shore, promises to be a residential oasis in a developing area

A kitchen with a view

As Toronto’s waterfront undergoes a long awaited revitalization, there’s hope the city will create a beautiful area for everyone to enjoy.

With 800 hectares (1,977 acres) being re-imagined it’s one of the largest waterfront revitalization efforts in the world and expected to take about 25 years to complete. But, not everyone will have to wait that long.

People are expected to be moving in to Lake Suites, a 39-storey tower on Lake Ontario in the East Bayfront neighbourhood, by March 2023. Currently in registration, the condos are the latest offering in Greenland Group’s Lakeside Residences.

“This location and this piece of land is like a trophy for us,” Charlene Sun, Greenland’s sales and marketing manager, says of the property on the southwest corner of Lakeshore Boulevard East and Lower Sherbourne.

Greenland has 1.6 hectares (four acres) in total at the site, which it’s planning to develop in two phases. Lake Suites is the third and final building of the first phase, made up of 1,100 condos.

The 14-storey City Suites building (sold out) and the 49-storey building (with a limited number of condos, called Park Suites and Sky Suites, still available) are scheduled for occupancy in September 2022.

Lake Suites, with about 300 condos, is closest to the water and will offer some of the best panoramas.

“It will have phenomenal, unobstructed lake views,” Sun says, adding the city views will also be great.

The condos have been designed to offer residents great views of the city and the lake.

The one- to three-bedroom condos range in size from 536- to 1,100-square feet. And some of the one- and two-bedroom units are available with dens. The condos are priced from $700,000 to $1.5 million.

“This project has a great location, not only because it’s by the lake, but it also has Sherbourne Common Park beside it and Sugar Beach,” Sun says. “It’s a very peaceful, family-friendly environment, but at the same time you have the convenience of urban life.”

Lakeside Residences has walk, bike and transit scores of 93 — meaning everything from retail to entertainment is nearby. As too are about 30 hectares of parks and public spaces.

Hariri Pontarini Architects (HPA) is building the condo with a sail motive that will feature sparkling, angled glass, says Zachary Koa, Greenland’s sales and marketing co-ordinator.

And II By IV is doing the interiors in a contemporary fashion with organic, neutral colours. Landscaping will be done by Janet Rosenberg & Studio.

Residents can expect a high-quality approach to the development, similar to the company’s work elsewhere, Koa says.

Shanghai-based Greenland has operations in nine countries including Australia, the United Kingdom and South Korea. And the company is currently working on two mixed-use buildings in China — one in Wuhan and one in Dalian — that at 636 metres and 500 metres respectively will be among the 10 tallest in the world.

In Canada, Greenland is also behind King Blue Condos, a 48- and 44-storey development, by King West and Blue Jays Way. Those towers, built to complement the entertainment district neighbourhood, are expected to be completed by the end of the year.

However, Lakeside’s ambiance will be more reflective of its recreational setting on the water, by parks, promenades and beach.

The 120-metre tall Lake Suites are expected to appeal to both young professionals and families. Market Lane Junior & Senior School is just a 10-minute walk north.

The financial district is also conveniently nearby and, in the coming years, many people will be able to work even closer to home.

Unilever, the Port Lands and Google’s Sidewalk Labs are all planning developments in the neighbourhood.

“With the commercial developments it will really be bustling and there will be a lot of new jobs,” Koa says. “It will be like a second downtown.”

Although the community will grow, the idea is that it will balance green space and the water with commercial areas.

Lake Suites will boast of a rooftop terrace with barbecues, dining and lounge areas, as well as a mini-put for golf enthusiasts. Inside, it will have a fitness centre, a party room and an indoor children’s play room.

In addition, residents will be able to use the outdoor pool, which is being built to accompany the first two condo towers.

“This neighbourhood is all brand new,” Sun says. “The future potential is phenomenal and we love being a part of it.”

The sales office is located at 215 Lakeshore Blvd. East, and is open Monday to Thursday from noon to 6 p.m. and on the weekends from noon to 5 p.m. Call 416-366-8802, or visit lakesidetoronto.com.

The condo will be very close to Lake Ontario.

 

YOU ARE HERE:

  • The waterfront is on the doorstep. It couldn’t be easier to make the most of Lake Ontario. Being steps from Sugar Beach and a short walk from the Harbourfront Centre means residents will be able to chill by the water, or take in some culture. Plus, they could hop onto a ferry and be whisked to Toronto Island in no time.
  • Sport fans can go crazy. Feel like cheering on the home teams? Take your pick… Scotiabank Arena is about a 20-minute walk, or a 10-minute transit ride away. Whether you love Canada’s national sport and want to support the Maple Leafs, or you’re among the growing number of basketball fans rooting for the Raptors, there’s often a match on. Even the National Lacrosse League plays here.
  • Foodie favourites are nearby. St. Lawrence Market is a mere 10-minute walk. There’s been a farmers market here since 1803 and the tradition continues. If you’re looking for fresh produce, a special ingredient or yummy baked goods the market’s got you covered. And if you just want to pick up a few things and forget about cooking there are plenty of restos and cafes in the hood.

National Post

Toronto’s waterfront is one of the biggest redevelopment projects underway and it’s estimated that the Lakeside community will be home to about 40,000 residents

Muhammad Kazi is looking forward to moving into his new home.

Muhammad Kazi’s lived in Toronto for four years and was keen to get on the property ladder. The 37-year-old recruitment manager spent two years saving and one year doing research before finding the perfect condo.

Kazi, who grew up in Pakistan and came to Toronto after living in Vancouver, currently rents a place on his own downtown. But he wanted to find a future home to share with his “significant other.”

Kazi had his heart set on something central so he could walk to work downtown. He also wanted at least a two-bedroom condo, with flexible financing.

After seeing a number of places, he bought a $650,000 one-bedroom, two-den condo at Lakeside Residences, with a 2022 move-in date. Post Homes spoke to him about his search and what he loves about his new home.

Q: How did you approach your search?

A: This was the first time I got serious about my future in terms of housing and getting a place where I want to live in Toronto long term. I didn’t want to pay for someone else’s mortgage and so I wanted to get into the market.

I wanted a place that was 20-25 minutes walking distance to my office. And I wanted something with more than one bedroom, so I could have guests stay, and I wanted a big balcony. Basically, I wanted something over 600 square feet and two washrooms, with a good price per square footage and a flexible payment plan.

I spent the first six months planning, meeting real estate agents and getting newsletters to learn about the market. Plus, I spoke to a few mortgage brokers to find out what I could afford. It was cumbersome, but I’m glad I did all of that because I ended up getting exactly what I wanted and when I saw it, I jumped on it.

Q: How did you narrow down what you wanted?

A: I saw a number of places, but I wasn’t happy with the market. I was looking at what I could afford if I could put five or 10 per cent down and I wasn’t able to afford what I wanted, so pre-construction was the way to go for me. It was the most cost-effective option for me, in order to keep my costs low and get a good return on my investment.

I found there were a lot of developments in East Toronto and the prices were generally lower than in the main downtown core. Also, Google is building a development in the area.

This part of the city was originally an industrial area and it’s turning into more of a residential area.

Q: Tell me a bit more about your search.

A: It was very stressful figuring out what I wanted and choosing from the options available. And then I had to find out if what I liked was still available because it’s a very competitive market.

Also, I’m a new home buyer, so I needed a flexible payment plan over the course of two years. That was really important.

Q: I understand that you’ll be moving in with your significant other, who is currently in Pakistan. Was it challenging to buy this without her being here?

A: She hasn’t been to Toronto yet. She’s still in Pakistan getting her visa finalized. But, I definitely got her input.

I sent her the brochures and the floor plans and asked her what she’d like. She said we’d definitely need two washrooms. And I said, you’re right.

Q: Were you able to get what you wanted right away at Lakeside?

A: Actually, I had originally chosen a different apartment — a one bedroom, one den and one washroom on a higher floor — but then I asked if they had any one bedroom, two dens and two washrooms available and they did. I was lucky.

The real estate agent didn’t know that condo was available, so, it’s good to ask — because you never know if another buyer might drop out.

Q: What else was important for you?

A: I looked at all of the information and researched the builder — Greenland, who is known for having good finishings. And, of course, the location was important. It’s by the lake and downtown, so I don’t think you can go wrong.

Q: Do you have any tips for other people saving to buy their first home?

A: I saved for about two years before I started looking. It’s a huge chunk of money. My advice is just don’t leave your home. Stay home and keep yourself busy.

Investing in pre-construction also helps me save in a way I wouldn’t otherwise and it has taught me some good lessons. Now, I research everything before I buy to make sure I get the best price possible. I’ve definitely improved my saving habits.

Q: What are the best things about your condo?

A: I like the location because it’s close to work, the water and also I think the return of investment will be good because this is a developing area. And this is the only area in Toronto that doesn’t have many highrises.

Amenity-wise, it also checked most of the boxes. They have a gym and that was important because I don’t want to pay for a gym membership.

Q: What do you think of your overall experience?

A: I didn’t think I’d be able to afford to get in to the real estate market — given the way it’s going, and so I’m just excited to be in it now. And I’m glad because the value has already gone up quite a bit since I bought in the summer.

This interview has been edited and condensed.

National Post

The home may be nice, but really it comes down to the pooch-friendly factor

A view is nice. Square footage certainly counts. But whether they’re looking 30 storeys above Bay Street, or for a leafy commuter bungalow, buyers want more than just the basics. Here are some of the hottest amenities on offer across the GTA.

VIRTUAL PERKS

Toronto’s Line 5 condos, in the Yonge and Eglinton area, are named for the light rail transit system under construction. But that’s not the only transportation advantage for future residents. The new development from Reserve Properties will incorporate an Uber pick-up lane in the courtyard. And for owners who don’t want to go outside at all, there will be hot and cold storage for food deliveries as well as fitness studios with computerized floors, lighting and walls suitable for virtual training sessions — a bike ride through virtual mountains, say, or an on-demand exercise class.

Technology is also central to the Notting Hill townhomes in Cambridge, by Gable View Homes, a Burlington-based developer. Their new two-, three- and four-bedroom builds will include Think Nest thermostats, which residents can operate using their phones or tablets to suit their temperature preferences and schedules. The homes are also equipped with Amazon Echo Show, a voice-activated system that can turn on lights, check security cameras and operate sprinklers.

And at Tridel’s “smart condominium” at Ten York, residents won’t even need keys. Units are accessed via digital door locks, common areas are controlled by a smartphone app and the garage recognizes residents’ license plates. Naturally, future owners can also keep watch on how the building is going via a construction cam, which updates images of the site every 30 minutes.

FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDLY

With James Gardens and Humber Valley Park nearby, the condos at 293 The Kingsway already have obvious appeal for dog owners. But the new development from Malen Capital and The Benvenuto Group, which is currently registering units from $484,900 to $1.3 million, has gone one step further for Fido: It includes an on-site pet “spa,” a wash basin with a hand-held shower suitable for dogs of all sizes.

Of course, 293 The Kingsway has plenty of amenities for people too. There’s a game and billiards room, a rooftop barbecue terrace with a large-screen TV and fireplace, and a 3,500-square-foot fitness centre. But with 230,000 dogs in Toronto — and about three to five dogs per building floor, according to city planners — four-legged residents are increasingly an essential part of developers’ plans.

The Upper House Condos in Leaside, completed last spring, not only has a dog washing facility but features a hydraulic clipping table and adjustable blow dryer. DavPart’s new development in North York, The Avro, has a dog run on the property as well as a dog washing station. And The Livmore, a luxury rental development at Bay Street and Gerrard has an outdoor dog run on the fifth floor, complete with fake fire hydrant.

Not every development is dog-friendly. In the last year, residents at one Etobicoke property were told they could only have dogs small enough to be carried through the lobby. Another building in Toronto’s downtown core posted a notice they would be charging residents $15 per dog to cover the additional building maintenance that can arise from pets. Outrage followed, however, and lawyers interviewed by the press said such rules are not enforceable.

FAMILY VALUES

A family of four in less than 800 square feet? No problem at condo developments like Tridel’s Evermore at West Village.

The 28-storey condo just north of Bloor Street at the West Mall, will include both an outdoor terrace and an indoor kids play area decorated with cubbyholes, hexagonal shapes and primary colours. There will also be a youth hub with high-speed internet and a mix of recreation and study spaces. And for those aspiring rock stars (are moms and dads welcome too?) there will be a music room with studio equipment.

Access to good schools and parks has long been a real estate selling point. But as it gets increasingly expensive for young families to afford detached homes in Toronto, many are staying in condos longer or looking for permanent high-rise living spaces. About 13 per cent of the city’s families now live in condos, according to the 2016 census — up 8.9 per cent from 2011.

While kid-friendly amenities are a bonus (CityPlace’s Navy Wharf, at Spadina and Lakeshore, has a basketball court) developers are also catering to growing families with bigger units. At Lakeside Condos, a development from the Greenland Group at Lakeshore Blvd. East and Lower Sherbourne, there are not only two-bedrooms but suites with two bedrooms plus a den and three bedrooms. Set for occupancy in 2021, the building is part of a master-planned waterfront community near Sugar Beach, the Cherry Street YMCA and Young People’s Theatre.

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.

Lakeside Residences, Greenland Canada, Hariri Pontarini Architects, Toronto

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.

Lakeside Residences, Greenland Canada, Hariri Pontarini Architects, Toronto

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.

Lakeside Residences, Greenland Canada, Hariri Pontarini Architects, Toronto

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.

King Blue Condos, Greenland Canada, IBI Group Architects, TorontoDerricks atop King Blue Condos, image by Forum contributor Red Mars

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.

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

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.

Lakeside Residences, Greenland Canada, Hariri Pontarini Architects, Toronto

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.

Lakeside Residences, Greenland Canada, Hariri Pontarini Architects, Toronto

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.

Lakeside Residences, Greenland Canada, Hariri Pontarini Architects, Toronto

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.

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

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.

Gradient-fritted balcony guards are being installed now, King Blue, Toronto

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.

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

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.