Looking out over Villaways Park and the Don River, Tridel's Scala is set to add a unique new architectural form to North York. Located just west of Leslie Street in the Don River Valley, the distinctively shaped tower is a study in contrast to the smooth rectilinear condos that dominate much of Toronto's recent high-rise construction. With two terraced forms stepping down towards the natural environment, the Wallman Architects design proves a departure from the stylistic norm, maximizing outdoor space and privileging views of the surrounding landscape.

Scala, Toronto, by Tridel, Wallman ArchitectsA renderings of the project, image courtesy of Tridel

Rising to a height of 18 storeys at its peak, the development also features a collection of townhouse-inspired suites bordered by a more intimately scaled mid-rise building, which will be topped by a green roof. In this regard, the project offers a relatively wide range of housing options, including mid-rise condominium suites, low-rise homes, and Scala's showpiece high-rise terrace suites.

With many of Scala's suites boasting over 1,000 square feet of space—as well as close proximity to a wealth of outdoor space—the project also has an appeal for families, offering a middle-ground between smaller Downtown suites and Toronto's increasingly unaffordable detached homes. 

Scala, Toronto, by Tridel, Wallman ArchitectsA closer look at the landscaped outdoor amenity areas and green roof image courtesy of Tridel

Incorporating the development into the bucolic scenery, landscaping will bring greenery directly to the base of the buildings. Rows of trees will line the sidewalks beside each building, while two green roofs will add further natural presence to the site. In addition, Scala's rooftop pool and amenity areas—as well as the courtyard—are set to feature sizeable plantings. 

Scala, Toronto, by Tridel, Wallman ArchitectsLandscaping at ground level, leading to the main courtyard, image courtesy of Tridel

In terms of amenities, Scala will feature both indoor and outdoor pools, as well as a large party room, and a well-equipped gym (seen below). Our earlier story takes a closer look at a fuller list of the project's amenities and interior spaces, which will be appointed by U31

Scala, Toronto, by Tridel, Wallman ArchitectsA rendering of the gym, image courtesy of Tridel

Belying its tranquil natural surroundings, Scala be also located within walking distance of the Sheppard Subway Line, with Leslie Station approximately 400 metres to the south. For drivers, Highway 401 also runs just to the south of the subway line, providing quick connections to the wider GTA. 

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