Photos: James Bombales
Nearly two years after a star-studded groundbreaking event attended by Robert De Niro and celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa, Nobu Residences is well under construction in Toronto’s Entertainment District. The two-tower development by Madison Group is situated at 15 Mercer Street and boasts a sleek two-tower design, anchored by a shared podium that integrates the heritage facade of the original Pilkington Glass Factory.
Construction at Nobu commenced in summer 2018 and over the course of the following two years, crews have demolished the existing building on site and excavated five levels of the parking garage. Today, the site of Nobu remains buzzing with activity as crews begin formwork on lower levels of the pit. Another milestone was achieved at the beginning of this year with the installation of the project’s tower crane on the east side of the site.
Meanwhile, the heritage facade of the 1800s-era factory building remains standing along Mercer Street, supported by steel bracing. This process involved drilling piles 70 feet into the earth around the site in order to support the heavy duty steel bracing. The support system will be in place until the structure of the building rises above grade and the heritage facade can be tied into the new building. When complete, the Pilkington Glass Factory facade will be preserved using brick from the original factory and will be integrated into the residence’s podium entrance.
Designed by award-winning Teeple Architects, Nobu consists of two 45-storey bronze towers rising above Mercer Street. The towers will house a total of 658 units and 36 luxury boutique hotel suites on the top five floors. The second floor will be home to a flagship Nobu restaurant featuring the brand’s unique fusion-inspired culinary delights and signature dishes.
Interior spaces and amenities are designed by Studio Munge. Residents will have access to state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor amenities designed to nourish the mind, body and soul. Spanning two floors and connected by landscaped outdoor space, the amenity area features a grand circular glass atrium that draws the eyes skyward, while a tranquil pond provides a relaxing backdrop that anchors the space.
Amenities on the ninth floor include a fully-equipped fitness centre, yoga studio, massage room with an ofuro tub, dry sauna, steam room and a cold plunge pool.