At 45, 38, and 35 storeys, Tridel's Islington Terrace community is introducing a bold influx of density to Toronto's Bloor and Islington area. As one of the largest residential developments in Etobicoke, the three-tower Islington Terrace is gearing up for the start of construction, with the 45-storey phase one tower set to break ground this summer.
Following quickly in the phase one building's footsteps, sales for the phase two BLOORVISTA tower are now well underway. Together with a future 35-storey phase, the upcoming towers are designed by Toronto-based Kirkor Architects Planners, with interiors by II BY IV DESIGN. Notably, all three structures will also share a massive central podium, allowing for a communal 50,000 ft² amenity space.
Although a podium of this size wouldn't be an appropriate fit for much of Toronto's urban street grid, the context of Islington Terrace's site makes it a more viable massing strategy. Located just west of Islington at 64 Cordova Avenue, the unevenly graded site backs up onto railway tracks, which means that Islington Terrace's built form does not hinder pedestrian movement, with limited need for permeability through the site.
The shared podium facilitates the centralized 'Terrace Club' amenity area, which will feature both indoor and outdoor spaces. In addition to the uncommonly grand garden and terrace area—complete with a splash pool, children's play area, BBQ zone, and outdoor lounge—a variety of indoor spaces fill out the requisite condo amenities.
Inside, a basketball court, fitness centre, yoga studio, screening room, and party space, will be shared by residents of the three towers. Reflecting the Islington Terrace community's child-friendly design, the indoor play room seen below complements the splash pool and playground outside, providing a fun alternative for the colder months. (A more complete overview of the amenities is available on the project's website, linked here).
The amenity area will lead down to a landscaped courtyard, which will feature by a grand entrance for the three-tower development. Leading out to Mabelle Avenue, the courtyard will eventually be enclosed by rows of townhouses on either side, fronting the road with a more intimately scaled streetwall.
Meanwhile, the Cordova Avenue frontage will feature street-level retail, along with a greenscaped 'grand terrace staircase' (below), which leads down to nearby Islington Station, providing direct pedestrian access to the TTC's Line 2.
We will keep you updated as the official ground breaking approaches, and construction on the phase one tower gets underway. In the meantime, make sure to check out our dataBase file, linked below, for more information. A closer look at the phase two BLOORVISTA tower is also available in our previous story.
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