How do you balance a 58-storey tower with its surroundings? 1 Yorkville is a new condo by Bazis Inc. and Plaza in one of the most convenient corners of the city. The builders tasked architect Roy Varacalli with designing a structure dramatic enough to act as the entry point into the Yorkville neighbourhood, yet still approachable at street level.
“I’ve always believed a building should not stand alone,” said Varacalli, who has designed high-rises across the city. “They should connect at the ground plane and connect to the public realm.”
One of the ways the condo will stay connected is through a new a new laneway on the west side of the project. It’ll connect the condo to Yorkville and even mimic the finer grain walkways typically seen in the area.
Part of his vision for the 577-unit project involves incorporating different uses in the space. In order to help Yonge Street stay animated, the first two floors of the structure will feature retail space, while the third floor may even see offices. Plus the heritage buildings along the street will maintain their historical facades as a nod to the neighbourhood’s roots.
Varacalli also had something different in mind for a city that is seeing a lot of new towers springing up.
“We have a lot of glass condos in the city. This is much different: it has a three-dimensional graphic pattern on the front that will really distinguish it from other projects in the core,” he said.
Other features that will make the condo stand out? The project will feature amenity space on three levels. Two levels of amenity space will be located atop the heritage structures, while the third space will located on the roof. While many condos boast rooftop terraces, we can’t say we’ve seen one equipped with an outdoor cinema before!
From top to bottom, 1 Yorkville will feature unique touches, which fits in with Varacalli’s design philosophy.
“It’s very important how a building fits at the ground level, but it’s also important how things look in the long distance, in the skyline.”
Suites range in size from 451 to over 7,000 square feet. The presentation lounge at 162 Cumberland St is now open.
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