Away from the congestion and rush of downtown, Argento Condosset to be move-in ready by July 20thoverlooks the picturesque greenery of Don Mills, as a full panorama of the Toronto skyline appears majestically at the horizon. With the Sheppard Subway Line a short walk away (and the 401 nearby), the new development by Tridel, and designed by Rafael + Bigauskas Architects, elegantly combines the conveniences and amenities of downtown with the comforts and green spaces of uptown living.

A view from Don Mills Road, image by Marcus Mitanis

During our tour of the nearly completed 24-storey building just southwest of Don Mills and the 401, we were treated to spectacular views from the top of the tower, as well as a sneak peak at the under-construction amenity spaces on the ground floor.

Looking southwest from the mechanical floor, image by Marcus Mitanis

Although the panoramic views from the upper floors are perhaps the most impressive, the elevated topography of Don Mills—as well as the protected greenery and low-rise communities surrounding the building—means that views of Downtown and the CN Tower can be found as low as the second floor. In a city where new condos face ever more obstructed and limited views, the open vistas found at Argento are an increasingly rare and valuable feature.

Looking northeast from the mechanical floor, image by Marcus Mitanis

On the lower levels, the unobstructed views are complemented by the neighborhood's extensive greenery and mature trees, creating an atmosphere at once urban and organic. Meanwhile, views to the north (above) find Argento tucked in amidst a rising North York skyline, which, though less iconic than its downtown counterpart, is quickly becoming notable in its own right.

    The lobby under construction, image by Marcus Mitanis

On the ground floor, a spacious lobby (above) is joined by amenity spaces, all designed by Hefele Makowka Design Associates, including a theatre, an entertainment suite (or party room) equipped with a full kitchen and bar—with an adjoining dining room, as well as steam rooms, a yoga/dance studio, and a guest suite.

    The party room taking shape, image by Marcus Mitanis

Though the amenity spaces still look some way from being finished, this is largely down to relatively small cosmetic details, as the major structural work has wrapped up, with the ground floor set to be completed within the next three to four weeks.

        A view of the yoga/dance studio, image by Marcus Mitanis

One of the advantages of ground floor amenities is that it allows the entertainment suite to back up onto a 4,000 square foot terrace (below), which will feature barbecues and outdoor seating, surrounded by a wall of greenery. The landscape plan by the NAK Design Group promises lush, relaxing space in concert with Toronto's ravine system, just across the street.

    The terrace taking shape, image by Marcus Mitanis

As part of the wide range of condominium suites, Argento features a handsome row of townhouses—located off the main tower with some at the base—as well as penthouses on the top floor. The 12 penthouse suites, which have an identical layout to the units below, boast pleasantly airy 10 foot ceilings, alongside what are perhaps the most breathtaking views of all, while the townhouses below offer the increased privacy of single-home dwellings.

        A view from Don Mills Road with townhouses seen on the right, image by Marcus Mitanis

Additional information, including renderings and floor plans of what the finished buildings and suites will look like, can be found in our dataBase files, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum threads, or leave a comment in the space provided at the bottom of this page.

Related Companies:  Hefele Makowka Design Associates, NAK Design Group, Rafael + Bigauskas Architects, Tridel