With its staggered row of terraces stepping down from its 18-storey top to meet the ravine below, Tridel's Scala immediately stands out from most of the new condos coming to the Toronto market. While the unique form of Scala's condominium block has dominated much of the attention so far, however, we now take a closer look at the master-planned community which will feature the immediately recognizable building at its heart.

Scala, Toronto, by Tridel, Wallman ArchitectsA rendering of the Scala community, with the low-rise rental component visible behind the wedge-shaped block, image courtesy of Tridel

Designed by Toronto's Wallman Architects, the Scala community will feature three buildings, with rows of rental townhomes and a boutique four-storey rental apartment building joining the distinctively shaped condominium complex to the south. Scala's condominium will consist of two terraced blocks of suites with embracing mid-rise arms, which lend the project its distinctive, somewhat pyramidal aesthetic.

Scala, Toronto, by Tridel, Wallman ArchitectsThe Scala community, image courtesy of Tridel

To the north, the rental suites will replace 121 existing TCHC units, with 48 townhomes and 67 apartment suites planned. To the south, the largest and most conspicuous of the two terraced arms will reach towards the ravine from a height of 18 storeys, a smaller 5 to 11-storey arm will front Leslie Street along the eastern edge of the property, while further joints allow the building to turn corners and nearly completely enclose its central courtyard.

Scala, Toronto, by Tridel, Wallman ArchitectsA closer look at Scala's condominium component, image courtesy of Tridel

Scala's courtyard configuration should help to create a sense of intimacy in the community, with the buildings opening up from the central roadway to embrace the natural landscape to the west, rather than Leslie Street to the east. Inside, meanwhile, the development will feature interiors appointed by U31.

Scala, Toronto, by Tridel, Wallman ArchitectsA look at the luxurious indoor pool, image courtesy of Tridel

For condo residents, the architectural style of the project means that a diverse variety of suite configurations is available, ranging from townhouse-inspired courtyard suites to the showpiece terrace units topping the condominium. In addition, a large selection of interior and exterior amenities will be available to residents, with an earlier story taking a look at some of the more exciting amenity offerings. 

Scala, Toronto, by Tridel, Wallman ArchitectsLandscaping will further integrate the project into its natural surroundings, image courtesy of Tridel

Taken together, Scala's condominium component will feature a total of 552 residential units. To provide an overview of the community, Tridel has produced a short video that highlights some of Scala's most eye-catching features. Our earlier stories also provide further information about the project, including a more detailed overview of the architectural style and unit types

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