As spring gradually makes its arrival, a new group of townhome condominiums is set to sprout in southwestern Scarborough's Birch Cliff neighbourhood. Symmetry DevelopmentsFortress Real Developments and Engine Developments are bringing the ultramodern 5468796 Architecture to Toronto for The Tree House, which will have its grand opening this weekend. 

The Tree House Block C, image courtesy of Symmetry DevelopmentsThe Tree House Block C, image courtesy of Symmetry Developments

Composed of three blocks, The Tree House will contain 39 units, each complete with a terrace, patio, backyard, or balcony. The project will be located on the corner of Gerrard Street and Clonmore Drive on a site formerly used by light industry. Birch Cliff, a quiet neighbourhood comprised mainly of single-family homes, is well served by several TTC routes, including the Gerrard and Kingston Road buses, and Victoria Park subway station on the Bloor-Danforth line. 

Model kitchen suite at The Tree House, image courtesy of Symmetry DevelopmentsModel kitchen suite at The Tree House, image courtesy of Symmetry Developments

Spanning two to three floors, the dkstudio-designed living spaces build upon the name of the project by utilizing a range of natural materials, from walnut cabinetry to stone tiling. These natural elements are also a big factor outside, where communal green space acts as a buffer zone between the buildings while also giving residents a chance to get to know each other. All parking will be hidden underground, allowing the architecture and greenery of the development to take centre stage. Starting in the $400,000s, the stacked townhomes vary in size from 935 square feet to 1,325 square feet. 

Tree House presentation centre at 2535 Gerrard Street East, image by Craig WhiteThe Tree House presentation centre at 2535 Gerrard Street East, image by Craig White

The Tree House marks the first Toronto project for 5468796 Architecture, whose adventurous designs have been turning heads in their hometown of Winnipeg. Their use of striking contemporary materials, in this case glass and anodized aluminum, provides contrast with its surroundings while retaining warmth and human scale. The aluminum cladding on each of the three Tree House blocks will be a slightly different shade, depending on the length of the anodizing process, evidence of the attention to detail which has made 5468796 one of Canada's most distinctive young architecture firms. 

The grand opening will be held from 12 PM to 5 PM both Saturday and Sunday at the presentation centre, which is located at 2535 Gerrard Street East. The public is invited to take a look at the model suite, features, finishes, and mingle among those involved in the project. The image below depicts the presentation centre and, from left to right: Symmetry Developments founder Sayf Hassan, 5468796 Architecture founders Sasa Radulovic and Johanna Hurme, and Engine Developments President Mike Petrovski. 

Sayf Hassan, Sasa Radulovic, Johanna Hurme, Mike Petrovski, image by Craig WhiteSymmetry's Sayf Hassan, 5468796's Sasa Radulovic and Johanna Hurme and Engine's Mike Petrovski, image by Craig White

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