Just north of Toronto's Sugar Beach, the first phase of Daniels Waterfront - City of the Arts is already well under construction on Queens Quay East. The 280,000 ft² office condo complex will be joined by the recently launched Lighthouse Tower, a 45-storey condominium that will rise above the commercial buildings to its south.
Designed by Giannone Petricone Associates, the residential tower will be located at the southeast corner of Lower Jarvis and Lake Shore Boulevard. Wrapped by rows of balconies—which are configured to maximize views of the water—the tower's exterior is accented by a frit pattern applied to the balcony guards. As seen in the rendering above, the frit will create a ripple effect on the tower's west facade.
Featuring predominantly one and two-bedroom suites, the tower will be topped by the 'Gallery' and 'Penthouse' collections of suites. These larger units, which include two and three-bedroom suites, provide luxurious living spaces with panoramic views of the city beyond. In addition, the building will also feature a select number of studio suites.
With interiors appointed by Cecconi Simone, the project aims for a "New York-inspired loft interior design mixed with mid-century, eclectic furnishings add an element of whimsy, embracing the industrial heritage of the area and this vibrant, artistic community." Residents will able to enjoy 25,000 ft² of amenities, including sports facilities, art studios, and a showpiece outdoor terrace.
At ground level, the tower will emerge onto 'The Yard,' an outdoor pedestrian 'living room' designed to serve as the nerve centre of the Daniels Corporation's mixed-use community. Lined with retail and and restaurant spaces, The Yard will be joined by a northern extension of Sugar Beach.
In addition to creative office spaces and an 'Innovation Hub' with arts and culture organizations including Artscape, the Remix Project, and Manifesto, the site will also be a hub of student activity with an arts campus for OCAD University and a community college located in the north podium. The vitality of the complex will be further enhanced by 27,000 ft² of retail space at ground level.
We will keep you updated as more information about the project becomes available, with a second residential tower planned as a future phase. For now, construction is progressing on Daniels Waterfront's RAW-designed first phase, which looks set to be surrounded by much greater urban density in the coming years.
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