Love It, Like It or Hate It — this refers to your voting options in the annual Pug Awards

Condos in Toronto — when else do we get a chance to give our input to the development industry and have it heard? The Pug Awards were created in 2004 by Anna Simone, principal of design firm Cecconi Simone, and Gary Berman, president of real estate financier Tricon Capital Group. The Pugs were created to try and make the city more beautiful by giving the public a chance to vote on the best and worst of Toronto's Commercial and Residential Developments.

You have only until Friday to cast your votes this year: here is how it all works.

The voting criterion is based on four things: Design Details, Exterior Details, Context and Innovation. Whether you like the typical glass tower or a combination of glass and brick, there are plenty of buildings to choose from.  

Some nominees from this year’s list:

500 Wellington West

Melding glass and stone, 500 Wellington West uses architecture to create cube like glass structures on the outside of the building.

500 Wellington West, image courtesy of Freed Developments

South Beach Condos + Lofts

Rising above Lake Ontario in Etobicoke, South Beach Condos + Lofts are two glass towers that were designed to resemble South Beach, Florida. The luxurious lobby features massive amounts of marble, an abundance of white and music playing as if you’ve stepped into a lounge in South Beach.

South Beach Condos + Lofts, image courtesy of Amexon Development

Nautilus Condos

Also rising above Lake Ontario in Etobicoke, Nautilus Condos was designed to look like a sailboat on the outside of the building. This was achieved by manipulating how the balconies jut out of the building.

Nautilus Condos, image courtesy of Monarch

400 Wellington West

Inspired by the German-American Architect Mies van der Rohe’s motto “less is more”, 400 Wellington West was designed mixing brick and glass to contrast contemporary and traditional architecture to fit in with the King West neighbourhood.

400 Wellington West, image courtesy of Sorbara Development Group


The site of Burano Condos was originally a car dealership that was a beautiful piece of architecture. At street level, part of the original structure was kept including the original entrance to the building. Stepping back from the street, the glass tower rises from part of the original structure creating a union of old and new architecture.

Burano, image courtesy of Lanterra Developments

Bohemian Embassy Flats + Lofts

In an effort to integrate into the current streetscape on Queen Street West, Bohemian Embassy is a building that gradually steps back from the street as it rises. Brick cladding fits with the neighbourhood context.

Bohemian Embassy Flats + Lofts, image courtesy of Pemberton Group and Baywood Homes

There are 29 condos that were completed last year to choose from, so go ahead and vote at and make your voice heard!

Related Companies:  Amexon Development Corporation, architectsAlliance, Arsenault Architect, Ashlar Urban Realty, Baker Real Estate Inc., Baywood Homes, Biddington Group, Burdifilek, CMV Group architects, Core Architects, Cosburn Nauboris Landscape Architects, Dov Capital Corporation, Freed Developments, gh3, Graziani + Corazza Architects, II BY IV DESIGN, Isotherm Engineering Ltd., Janet Rosenberg + Studio, L.A. Inc., Lanterra Developments, Mattamy Homes, Milborne Group, Montana Steele, Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects, Pemberton Group, Sorbara Group, Stephenson Engineering, Studio Munge, The MBTW Group | W Architect Inc, Toddglen Group of Companies