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Don't we all like looking at giant pits?
12 September 2010: I swear I saw a star in this pit!
Aspen Ridge Scoops Two Major OHBA Design Awards for 77 Charles West
TORONTO, SEPTEMBER 28, 2010…At the recent Ontario Home Builders' Association (OHBA) 2010 Awards of Distinction, Aspen Ridge Homes took home two prestigious honours (Most Outstanding High Rise Building and Most Outstanding High Rise Condo Suite) for its exclusive condominium in Toronto’s Bay-Bloor area, 77 Charles West (77charles.ca). The criteria for the Most Outstanding High Rise Building included its concept, overall exterior and interior appeal, the creative use of materials and common spaces, and functionality. Likewise, Most Outstanding High Rise Condo Suite was judged on overall appeal, the use of building forms and materials, creative use of space, functionality, plus originality.
Aspen Ridge shares the OHBA honours with its esteemed design team. An architectural masterpiece, 77 Charles is the creation of HOK’s Yann Weymouth, the chief design architect for I.M. PEI’s Grand Louvre Museum in Paris. The exterior of 77 Charles features a fascinating interplay of light and glass, and holds its own in an area of architectural gems. When viewed from Bloor Street, the building resembles a crown at the top of Thomas Street.
The award-winning 1,549 sq. ft., one-bedroom Suite No. 3 features a curved exterior wall of glass and two balconies, one of which is off the sumptuous master bedroom with its large walk-in closet and ensuite with an oval tub, separate shower and double-sink vanity. The second balcony is off the spacious main living area. Interiors by the renowned Powell & Bonnell evoke a quiet opulence.
Construction is underway on 77 Charles West, which is located in the cultural heart of Toronto, only minutes from the Royal Ontario Museum, Gardiner Museum, new Frank Ghery-designed Art Gallery of Ontario, beautiful campuses of the University of Toronto, and prestigious Yorkville with its world-class galleries, fashion and cuisine.
A limited collection of designer suites is still available, priced from $1.2 million.
At ground level now. It took 13 months from the beginning of excavation to get to this point.
Has anyone heard what the plans are for the small townhouse immediately East of 77 Charles? There is a small lot behind suggested it could be expanded into some sort of academic space.
Shot Jan 26
For the time being though, half of the building is being used for student residence, and the other half for student extracurricular offices. They plan to keep it that way until the new student center is finished down the street.