Sept. 22, 2010
Aspen Ridge Homes are creating a true connection between art and architecture through their upcoming development in the Toronto core, Studio on Richmond [map].
While most architecture can be considered art, Aspen Ridge Homes have teamed up with the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU), Canada’s premiere art university, to make an electrifying impression on both Toronto’s art and condominium scene.
The plan intends to incorporate an 8,000 sq. ft OCADU art gallery and eatery into a two tower building.
The smaller of the two towers will be 31 storeys comprised of 337 units, to be completed first, while the larger tower will reach 41 storeys.
The smaller tower will have a nine-storey podium that will house the gallery. The taller tower is expected to have 400 condos and 25 townhomes, ranging from 419 to 1, 294 sq. ft, topped with a 2, 5000 square foot penthouse.
“The idea is for it to be a beehive of activity, with constantly changing exhibits, not shows that’ll stay there for four months,” an OCADU rep commented, “We want it to be a very dynamic space.”
Both OCADU and Aspen Ridge Homes see their partnership as good for both parties, bringing an artistic vibe to an area that lies in between Toronto’s financial and cultural districts.
“Having professors and art and design students in the community, working in the community, studying in the community, enlivens it in a wonderful creative way,” added Aspen Ridge president Andrew De Gasperis.
So, the city’s efforts to revitalize the Richmond area with a mix of art and professionalism seem to be looking up with the Studio on Richmond project. We’re anxious to see more!
Check out the “Make room for OCADU” art initiative on Studio’s Facebook Page for an idea of what they’ll be doing.