Daniels HighPark Condominiums is slowly growing into the sky on Bloor Street West, halfway between Keele and High Park subway stations, and pretty much surrounded by greenery on all sides.
While not as central as New York's Central Park, High Park's nearly 400 acres of forest, lawn, gardens, ponds, and a myriad of activities have long made it one of Toronto's favourite places to unwind and reconnect with nature and ourselves. From Bloor Street, the park can appear as a wall of trees, while from just inside the canopied forest, the city puts a civilized edge on the wild space.
HighPark is not rising as quickly as some other condominium projects in Toronto as the Diamond Schmitt Architects-designed building is not a skyscraping point tower with small floorplates, but is instead a U-shaped mid-rise, heading for 8 storeys on its east and west arms, and to 14 storeys at the back.
A green roof will top the east arm, while the west arm will feature a landscaped amenity terrace with views stretching out over High Park's lush treetops to Lake Ontario to the south, with prominent skyline views of Downtown Toronto populating the horizon to the east.
The courtyard formed by the arms faces Bloor Street. Sheltered from north winds, the space will feature seating for restaurants and cafés going into the building's ground floor, along with other retailers who will enjoy the airy double-height spaces. Above the courtyard, garden plots will be available for residents who want to be able to grow some of what they put on their table on a daily basis, an amenity that The Daniels Corporation has found increasingly popular at its most recent projects in North York, Downtown Toronto, and Mississauga.
The north side of the building will feature a drive-up entrance area, and access to the underground garage. The TTC's line 2 subway runs under a garden area just to the north of the building, so driving around Toronto can be minimized here: the spot is well served by transit.
To the north of HighPark Condominiums are more tall trees, running the length of the streets of the well established apartment neighbourhood, and surrounding the whole area in green. While Toronto Bike-Share stations don't make it this far west of the centre yet, north, south, east and west of the project is so inviting in general that Daniels will be setting up an innovative bike-share program for building residents as one of the many amenities on offer here.
Amenities inside the building are getting lots of attention too, with multiple lounge and party spaces, a home theatre, fitness centre which includes a two-storey climbing wall, a pet wash, and more.
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|Related Companies:||Diamond Schmitt Architects, Isotherm Engineering Ltd., Land Art Design, Public Studio, tcgpr (The Communications Group), The Daniels Corporation, Tomas Pearce Interior Design Consulting Inc|