In January, Lifetime Developments and Pinedale Properties launched XO2 Condos, and gave us a look at the interiors planned for the building at King and Dufferin in Toronto’s King West neighbourhood. The Turner Fleischer Architects-designed building is the second phase of the development, and will stand northeast across the intersection from its first phase, XO Condos, which launched in 2019 and is currently under construction. While we've previously shared a sneak peek at the interiors of XO2, UrbanToronto recently spoke to Melandro Quilatan, president and co-founder of Tomas Pearce Interior Design Consulting Inc, who gave us a better understanding of the unique spaces that are planned. 

"In designing the XO2 Condos, we wanted to create a space that is as dynamic, urban, and edgy as the community surrounding it," said Quilatan. "King and Dufferin is home to a vibrant and young community, and we wanted to extend this identity into our project. Through art installations and bold, contemporary design features, we are able to bring soul into the space; to tell stories and promote creativity and social interaction."

XO2 Condos in Toronto by Turner Fleischer Architects for Lifetime Developments and Pinedale Properties

One of the first areas Quilatan pointed out was XO2's lobby – which he says is one of his favourite spaces in the building. "With its double-height ceilings and a custom-made triple archway structure, visitors and residents will instantly be wowed as they enter the building. And the surprises don't stop there – the lobby will also feature interactive art gallery walls, fun light fixtures, and stylish seating arrangements."
 
At the end of the archway will be a modern concierge desk made of copper that will oxidize and become more interesting over time. The lobby also features a red brick wall on one side, inspired by the heritage wall found in the first phase sister development, XO. On the other side of the space will be floor-to-ceiling windows to bring in natural light. The lobby will have a parcel delivery room with a chilled area for receiving groceries, a pet wash, and a dedicated mailroom.
 
Lobby of XO2 Condos, image courtesy of Lifetime
 
XO2 will boast a total of 11,300 ft² of facilities and amenities that will include the city’s only tree-lined outdoor rooftop terrace complete with a bocce ball court, fire pit lounges, barbecue stations, a massive art mural, and an outdoor kids playground fitted with its own sandbox and track. 
 
Quilatan commented on the shared spaces that Tomas Pearce designed. "Few, if any, condos in the city have the luxurious amenities that XO2 residents will enjoy," he said. "With an entire floor dedicated to entertainment and outdoor activity, there's plenty for everyone to do – from enjoying a fun night with friends in the Games and Media room to celebrating your little one's birthday in the Kids Zone, and getting your workout in at the Fitness Center to enjoying a family barbecue in the courtyard." 
 
XO2's Kids Zone will uniquely be fitted with an arts and crafts corner, built-in library, pretend play area, movie corner, as well as an outdoor playground for children of residents to enjoy.
 
The Kids' Zone, image courtesy of Lifetime
 
The XO2 Condos will also be home to Toronto’s first in-house urban kick-boxing studio – part of its expansive fitness centre with indoor and outdoor gyms, a free-weights zone, and a dedicated cardio area; along with a golf simulation studio, and a modular kids play area. The expansive fitness centre will take up one entire floor of XO2.
 
"During the pandemic, there was a huge shift in focus on the importance of mental and physical health," said Quilatan "At XO2's Fitness Centre, residents will have convenient access to de-stress and workout close to home."

The space will have large windows and glass partitions to separate different sections. Mirrors and brick veneers will add depth and character, while the wood panelling across the matte white and black ceiling will give the space a modern feel. 

The Free Motion fitness lab, image courtesy of Lifetime
 
Other amenities that XO2 will feature include a sizeable multipurpose room with a communal dining table, a billiards table, and a bar and lounge area. The building will also include what it calls the 'Think Tank,' where residents will be able to go and get some work done in a quiet area outside of their unit. The Think Tank is designed as a dedicated space capable of accommodating both individual and group work; residents will be able to choose between booth seating arrangements with privacy screens and gorgeous quartz tables, a modern board room outfitted with equipment for remote meetings, or a communal study table. The Think Tank will also be equipped with a coffee and juice station and outfitted with office equipment like printers, scanners, stationary, chalkboards, and more.
 
The Think Tank, image courtesy of Lifetime

More information on XO2 Condos will come soon, but in the meantime, you can learn more from our Database file for the project, linked below. If you'd like, you can join in on the conversation in the associated Project Forum thread, or leave a comment in the space provided on this page.

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