A major new addition is gearing up to transform the Bloor and Islington area of Toronto, as sales progress for the first phase of Tridel's Islington Terrace. Designed by Kirkor Architects Planners, the 45-storey first phase will eventually be joined by 38 and 35-storey towers rising from a shared podium. Besides condominium suites, Islington Terrace will include extensive amenity space, ground level retail, and public realm upgrades.

We recently took a trip to the project's presentation centre at 3326 Bloor Street West in Etobicoke to examine the Islington Terrace scale model for a better understanding of how the development's various elements fit together.

Islington Terrace, Tridel, Kirkor Architects, TorontoIslington Terrace scale model, image by Marcus Mitanis

The scale model gives us a much better idea of what to expect in terms of building envelope compared to renderings of the development, showing punched windows with contrasting sections of light and dark precast concrete, adding texture to complement the dark-tinted main cladding, with window wall cladding covering remaining areas.

Islington Terrace, Tridel, Kirkor Architects, TorontoDetail shot of cladding on Islington Terrace, image by Marcus Mitanis

Islington Terrace will offer its residents 50,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor condominium amenities known as the Terrace Club. Along with renderings released for the project, the scale model does a great job in illustrating Islington Terrace's lushly landscaped outdoor spaces which include spaces programmed for all sorts of rest, relaxation, and recreation—with some spaces specifically designed with kids in mind.

Islington Terrace, Tridel, Kirkor Architects, TorontoPodium-top outdoor amenities on the Islington Terrace scale model, image by Marcus Mitanis

An animated commercial patio area, fronting the corner of Cordova and Mabelle Avenues at the northeastern edge of the site, will help anchor the new development to the surrounding community, with potential coffee shops and convenience retailers expected to populate the spaces.

Islington Terrace, Tridel, Kirkor Architects, TorontoRetail area fronting the corner of Cordova and Mabelle Avenue, image by Marcus Mitanis

The landscaped retail patio area leads to another of the development's key public realm improvements; a switchback-style grand staircase and ramp with seasonally-changing plantings to connect the project with the nearby Islington Subway Station on the TTC's Line 2.

Islington Terrace, Tridel, Kirkor Architects, TorontoLandscaped staircase and ramp leading to Islington Station, image by Marcus Mitanis

In addition to generous outdoor amenity offerings and public realm contributions, residents at Islington Terrace will also enjoy a wide range of indoor lifestyle spaces, including a party room with bar and lounge areas, a games room, a screening theatre, a private dining room, and spaces custom-tailored to families like a Children’s Play Zone featuring a splash pool and playroom. The development will also feature a courtyard entrance, framing the residential entrance.

Islington Terrace, Tridel, Kirkor Architects, TorontoCourtyard and entrance to Islington Terrace, image by Marcus Mitanis

There is more to see at the Islington Terrace presentation centre, and we will return for a look at the suite vignette currently on display there. You can see the presentation centre for yourself from Monday to Thursday between 11 AM to 7 PM, or Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 12 PM to 6 PM.

Additional information, including floor plans and renderings, can be found in our dataBase file for Islington Terrace, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum threads, or leave a comment using the space provided at the bottom of this page.