Joining Pace Condos at revitalizing Dundas and Jarvis will be Easton's Group's Dundas Square Gardens condominium, a Page + Steele/IBI Group Architects design. The development will replace the Hilton Garden Inn which currently occupies the site, a building which many consider an eyesore. The Dundas Square Gardens project will feature two distinct components: the 47-storey tower that will inhabit the the site's western side and a shorter 16-storey "Garden Tower" that will feature vast rooftop terraces with over 16,000 sq. ft. of deck, pool and landscaped spaces on the eastern portion of the site.
Dundas Square Gardens is articulated by a shifting white grid that wraps the façade and has balcony stacks that interrupt the grid at key corners. The design terminates into a large lantern element reflective of the vital intersection it overlooks. Lead designer on the project Mansoor Kazerouni, Executive Vice President, Page + Steele/IBI Group Architects, states that “The result is a dynamic changing façade that appears different from every vantage point. The lantern will become a beacon for the project, making it visible from great distances and indeed a statement in the urban context”.
“The architectural form of the Garden Tower apartments was a result of marking a transition from the Tower to the lower buildings east of the site. This created an opportunity to reflect the ‘garden character’ of the neighbourhood and bring this important design element right into the project,” he adds.
In contrast to the Hilton hotel it will replace, the Dundas Sqaure Gardens has been designed by Page + Steele with with wider sidewalks and submersed tree planters around the perimeter to enhance the public space and urban fabric. “Setting the ground floor frontages back, will enable wider sidewalks on Jarvis, Dundas and George Streets, resulting in the podium appearing to ‘float’ above the ground floor stone and glass façade,” says Kazerouni.
The smaller Garden Tower building will offer its residents a more exclusive boutique condo setting that will have a separate entrance and elevators from the Dundas Square Gardens tower, while still allowing them to enjoy the full amenities found at that tower.
Easton's is hoping that the five terraces of the Dundas Sqaure Gardens project will be a huge draw for potential owners. A 17th floor terrace will host pool and BBQ amenities, while the 7th and 3rd floor terraces will host garden and party amenities. The prominent two-storey Sky Lounge will feature a luxurious lobby, lounge and party rooms, and a screening room.
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