Bloordale has been taking a breath of fresh air in the past few years as trendy cafes, restaurants, shops and art galleries are popping up along Bloor Street West between Dufferin and Lansdowne. As a recently rediscovered neighbourhood, redevelopment projects are making their way to answer to the growing demand from young professionals looking to move to the area.

Located on the edges of Brockton Village and Little Portugal, south of Bloor but north of College, Aragon Properties is developing Enigma on the Park, a daring, cutting-edge designed mixed-use condominium development.

Enigma on the Park, Quadrangle Architects, Aragon Properties, Toronto, BloordaleRendering of Enigma on the Park, image courtesy of Aragon

Designed by Richard Witt of Quadrangle Architects, the 9-storey, 86-unit project will rise where once stood aging light industrial buildings. Located among the gabled homes and converted art galleries on St. Helen's Avenue, Enigma will make a dynamic neighbour for the greenery of McGregor Park, which will forever protect the views to the south. 

Enigma on the Park, Quadrangle Architects, Aragon Properties, Toronto, BloordaleRendering of Enigma on the Park from above, image courtesy of Aragon

The immediate proximity of rail tracks to the west of the property provided a challenge for the developers as there all always associated noise and safety concerns. Here, Aragon and Quadrangle have overcome the problem and in fact made it a defining element in the conception of Enigma. Indeed, to offer residents a quiet environment, the team have chosen to position a three-storey office building on the west end of the site, thus blocking the noise from the GO Barrie line trains. From there, the necessity to separate the office from the residential spaces has lead to the creation of an L-shaped courtyard, open to the park and St Helen's Avenue on either end. 

Enigma on the Park, Quadrangle Architects, Aragon Properties, Toronto, BloordaleRendering of Enigma on the Park, image courtesy of Aragon

Around the courtyard emerge what we could define as three different buildings. The lower two are both also L-shaped. The first one is composed of 4 storeys of townhome condo units, addressing the scale of buildings on St. Helen's Avenue, and wrapping around to the McGregor Park side. The second building is the 3-storey office component located on the north-west edges of the site. Finally, the last and most striking component of Enigma is a shifted 5-storey structure dramatically bridging over the lower structures and courtyard. Such a complex conception has resulted in more than 50 different floor plans for its suites, responding to the changing floor plates.

Enigma on the Park, Quadrangle Architects, Aragon Properties, Toronto, BloordaleRendering of Enigma on the Park from St Helen's Avenue, image courtesy of Aragon

Architectural details give this development additional defining characteristics. The canted window frames and angled walls of the floating 5-storey structure make for some dramatic views from both the surrounding area and the inside of the building where tenants will enjoy skyline sights. The facades will be cadenced by a grey and white toned "bold decorative pattern of chevrons, made from high-quality Austrian fiber cement panels", as stated by Mr. Witt.

Enigma on the Park, Quadrangle Architects, Aragon Properties, Toronto, BloordaleRendering of unit at Enigma on the Park, image courtesy of Aragon Properties

By maintaining the employment in the area while bringing in new residents, Enigma will reinforce the activity in the neighbourhood throughout the day and give the opportunity to businesses to benefit from brand new office spaces outside of Downtown. Aragon Properties, will actually make some of the courtyard office space their new Toronto home once the development is finished. 

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