High Park Condominium
“The result is a shift in condominium design, one that speaks not just to the old adage of location but more directly to the concept of condo dwellers’ culture.”Ian Harvey, the star – “Culture and location at HighPark Condominiums” October 10, 2013
High Park is Toronto’s largest park with 400 acres of trails, playgrounds, dog parks, playing fields and, for a short time, cherry blossoms. The Park is used by Torontonians across the city, but particularly by residents within the growing neighbourhood.
From the start of the proposed development the community did not want another steel and glass condo that was aesthetically at odds with the neighbourhood. Our design response was to provide a building that respected the streetscape and reflected the character of its residents.
To keep the building in spirit with both the adjoining residential neighborhoods and retail-focused Bloor Street, we placed retail spaces and a large courtyard at the front of the building, with two-storey townhouses along the east and west sides that reinforce the residential streetscape.
Within the building, our design team wanted to emulate the park experience throughout the amenity spaces. At the ground floor, a pet spa and bicycle room are high use areas for residents after morning walks and afternoon commutes. Shared fitness facilities are connected to a third-floor outdoor terrace with an 800 square foot organic vegetable garden. Another terrace on the 10th floor provides space for outdoor dining with expansive views across the city.