Ballantry Homes and their development partners, Silwell Developments Ltd have been hard at work preparing to launch the first phase of their master-planned community, The Villages of Oak Park, in Oakville's evolving Uptown Core. While we previously explored what the 12-storey mid-rise building will offer in terms of its exterior expression, another set of renderings reveals more about the development, giving us an opportunity to peek inside the building and examine the details of the suites and amenity spaces. 

Looking to the 12-storey first phase at the Villages of Oak Park, image courtesy of Ballantry Homes

Designed by Kirkor Architects Planners, the project is framed around the desire to set the tone for further development that will expand the Villages of Oak Park with a building that will remain relevant despite the era of change we live in. What that translates to on the interior side of things is an effort to evaluate the needs of residents and anticipate how they might evolve, manifested most obviously of late in how employment models have changed in a post-pandemic world. The recognition of this shift is reflected in the programming of the building’s amenity spaces. 

Beginning in the lobby, which benefits from the double height ceilings of the building’s grade level, it capitalizes on its abundance of natural light by incorporating tables and extensive seating, allowing the lobby to function also as a co-working area. While concrete features prominently in the finishes, the sophisticated businesslike quality of the room is softened by textural elements like the wood grain panelling around the work places, the warm glow of both unique illumination and a fireplace, and decorative wall art. 

Lobby features hybrid programming, offering co-work spaces, image courtesy of Ballantry Homes

A similar approach to offering hybrid spaces that lend themselves well to remote work is also seen in one of the building’s lounge amenity spaces. The lounge pictured below offers an office style layout, with features like a kitchenette and couches adding some of the comforts of an office environment, while plenty of workspace remains available. The space takes cues from the dining lounge featured in last month’s story, but trades out the casual finishes for more professional ones. 

Lounge amenity offers further space for work-from-home uses, image courtesy of Ballantry Homes

From the renderings of the suites we can get a general impression of how the units are laid out and what finishes are on offer. The emphasis is on creating efficient layouts that are competitive in terms of area, ranging from 1-bedrooms to 2-bedroom plus dens, and encompassing a total of 225 suites.  

Suite layouts range from single to two-bedroom plus den sizes, image courtesy of Ballantry Homes

The focus on livability is also seen in the bathroom pictured below, which demonstrates how the unit plans manage space well to deliver area where it is needed. The finishes do more of the lifting in the bathroom, where the programming of the space is more fixed, while marble panels standing lend their fine organic detail to the design. 

Bathroom design features large rectangular marble tiles, image courtesy of Ballantry Homes

Moving all the way up to The Villages of Oak Park's crown, the building boasts an extensive rooftop terrace amenity area that provides quality outdoor space with a social orientation. The terrace offers a number of seating areas as well as barbecue and dining options, featuring a flooring of pleasingly varied stone pavers. 

Rooftop amenity terrace offers outdoor social spaces and barbeques, image courtesy of Ballantry Homes

With the plans for the first phase of The Villages of Oak Park ready for those looking to be its first residents, the developers will be launching the project in the coming weeks. 

UrbanToronto will continue to follow progress on this development, but in the meantime, you can learn more about it from our Database file, 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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