Replacing a parking lot that currently occupies a site east of the St. Lawrence Market, the distinct volumes of the architectsAlliance-designed 158 Front will add 26 storeys of new condominiums to this regenerating area of Toronto. Alongside ground-level retail and an assortment of residential amenities, The Cityzen and Fernbrook project will feature 477 residential suites. Taking a look at the floorpans and some of the project's interior renderings, we get an early glimpse at the high-rise homes that will join the neighbourhood. 

Looking north at 158 Yonge, image courtesy of Cityzen Development Group

Ranging in size from 406 ft² to 1,435 ft², the suites feature one to three-bedroom configurations, as well as a small number of studios. At 453 ft², one of 158 Front's smaller one-bedroom podium units features an open living/dining space looking out over the private balcony. 

The layout for a 453 square foot one-bedroom unit, image courtesy of Cityzen Development Group

Meanwhile, a 1,061 ft² three bedroom + den suite gives us a glimpse at a significantly larger living space. The three bedrooms are located on either side of the living/dining space, with a small balcony attached to one of the bedrooms, which can alternatively be configured as an expanded communal area (as shown by the furniture layout below).

A three-bedroom, 1,061 square foot suite, image courtesy of Cityzen Development Group

By contrast to the squarish suite above, a 1,435 ft² two-bedroom + den unit features a much more slender layout, with a long balcony outside the open living area. The generously configured suite features ensuite bathrooms for both bedrooms—which are separated by the large communal area—alongside a small powder room off the living/dining room.

The 1,435 square foot suite two bedroom + den suite, image courtesy of Cityzen Development Group

Renderings of the building's amenity spaces reveal plans for the decor, with a view of the lobby showing a modern, minimalistic space characterized by warm tones, classic modern furnishings, and luxuriously high ceilings.

A rendering of the lobby, image courtesy of Cityzen Development Group

Turning to the exterior, a dark, minimalistic podium gestures to the scale and materiality of the area's industrial built form, incorporating the modernist high-rise with its older surroundings.

A closer look at the podium exterior, image courtesy of Cityzen Development Group

A look at the project's scale model—which we will explore in greater detail in our upcoming coverage—gives insight into the architectural expression along the higher levels. Once complete, the project will join aA's impressive portfolio of high-rise residential developments across Toronto. Sales for the recently launched project are progressing fairly quickly, with approximately 30% of units now sold. 

The upper floors of the scale model, image by Stefan Novakovic

Featuring retail at ground level, the development reinforce the increasingly urban character of the area, replacing a large parking lot that currently occupies the site. 158 Front and other developments are helping to remake the area which was Toronto's original settlement site, and which suffered from building demolition in the 1960s. Thousands of new residents of the new developments here have turned the area around, and are bringing new life to this growing neighbourhood just east of the St. Lawrence Market. 

The site today, looking northeast from Front and Frederick, image by Stefan Novakovic

We will keep you updated as the project continues to develop, with regular updates once construction begins. In the meantime, check out our associated dataBase file for more information, including additional renderings. Want to share your thoughts on the project? Leave a comment at the bottom of this page, or join the discussion on our Forum.

Related Companies:  architectsAlliance, Cityzen Development Group, Fernbrook Homes, Terraplan/Studio TLA