Front Street West is a unique district within the downtown core, where one can observe a convergence of neighbourhoods and styles of development from the past two decades. It contains buildings which fit in with those we see along Queens Quay dating from the 1990s and early 2000s, as well as more contemporary projects akin to the King Street West condo boom currently underway. Today’s Project of the Day has found a balance between both lifestyles. Fly Condos by Empire Communities, and designed by Graziani and Corazza, offers the intimate and urban design style we see throughout King West as well the active lifestyle choices made available by living close to the waterfront.

Fly Condos in Toronto by Empire Communities and Graziani + Corazza Architects

Upon completion Fly will reach 24 storeys, containing a variety of units from modest bachelor suites to expansive two-storey-plus-rooftop-terrace suites. Empire Communities have designed and marketed Fly as a project that caters to both first-time purchasers, families and empty nesters alike. The public opening shortly after the 2008 recession saw 330 suites, from a total of 458 units, sold immediately, evidence of a strong market desire for affordable suites as well as agrowing interest in new projects within the area.

Fly Condos in Toronto by Empire Communities and Graziani + Corazza ArchitectsPublic opening at Fly Condos, image courtesy of Empire Communities

Fly Condos will offer residents a variety of amenities that may not be expected from a smaller condominium: guest suites, an expansive and highly-designed roof deck, party room, a full gym and a movie room will be located throughout the building. Striking green cut-glass columns and a unique origami installation suspended from the ceiling highlight a dramatic two-storey lobby, designed by Munge Leung Design Associates.

Fly Condos in Toronto by Empire Communities and Graziani + Corazza Architects

The western edge of the project is defined by a landscaped promenade that will connect Front Street to Clarence Square, off of which will be located the residents' entrance as well as urban loft suites. Empire Communities have also commissioned a public art installation for the public promenade that we can’t wait to see completed.

Fly Condos in Toronto by Empire Communities and Graziani + Corazza Architects

Construction is well underway for Fly with excavation complete and the sub-levels almost finished. The project is expected to be completed in 2013 — keep an eye out on the forum page here for more updates and images, and check out the dataBase listing below for project information and floor plans.

Fly Condos in Toronto by Empire Communities and Graziani + Corazza ArchitectsExcavation as of April 28, image by drum118