Graywood Developments and Alterra’s latest project, Wonder Condos, is set to transform the former Weston Bakery facility, which once produced the commercial bread that goes by the same moniker. Located at Eastern and Logan Avenue, the Leslieville landmark will be converted into true hard-lofts and commercial space, paired with a new eight-storey residential condominium that includes townhomes.
Crafted by acclaimed architects Diamond Schmitt, along with Toronto-based interior designers TACT Design, Wonder Condos will claim a slice of history in the hip Queen East neighbourhood. The one-of-a-kind design includes the preservation of the factory, which dates back to 1919.
“We knew that Diamond Schmitt were the right architects for this development,” said Neil Pattison, Graywood’s VP of Development, Project Management. “They know how to break down the built form of a large building to achieve a human scale, to fix contextually within the existing residential neighbourhood.”
To pay homage to the building’s past and present, the exterior will be clad in red brick and punctuated by oversized factory windows. Select units in the new addition will boast glass-walled balconies or stepped terraces with sweeping views. By paying respect to Leslieville’s low-rise character, the architects were able to create large outdoor spaces and a unique profile.
Wonder’s community-oriented amenities include a coworking lounge, multipurpose family room and an industrial-inspired gym. “With Wonder, we have the unique opportunity to work with an icon of Toronto’s industrial past and make it part of a new enviable home for modern living,” said Michael Krus, Principal of TACT Design. “There is a great heritage story with the architecture, and we wanted that story to continue with the interiors. We’ve identified artifacts throughout the building that will be preserved and brought into the common areas and amenities, enriching these spaces like works of art.”
The Leslieville neighbourhood is among Toronto’s trendiest, dotted with clothing boutiques, popular brunch spots and cozy cafés that transform into bars at night. Eastern Avenue is in the midst of its own urban renaissance, with a new movie studio, automotive innovation hub, transit stop and commercial and retail centres all slated for development in the coming years.
Wonder Condos will go on sale this fall with prices from the mid-$400,000s. The building features 289 units, including chic condos, lofts and towns.
For more information visit www.wondercondos.com.