A 13-acre parcel of land west of the Parliament Slip on Toronto’s waterfront — what has been for a long time an empty space home to seagulls and squatters – has a detailed plan and a new face to anchor its long rejuvenation.
Condominium builder Tridel and international real estate firm Hines have released details of a new 363-suite condominium development in the Bayside neighbourhood called Aqualina, the first residential phase of the mixed-use development. The largest private sector development to date as part of Waterfront Toronto’s mandate to revitalize the city’s lakefront areas, Hines’ plan for the site, valued at over $1.1 billion, includes the creation of more than two million square feet (190,000m²) of commercial, retail, cultural and residential development.
The 13-storey Aqualina at Bayside is the creative vision of Arquitectonica’s New York office, an award-winning architectural firm based in Miami, and being led by the firm’s partner Bernardo Fort-Brescia. The condominium exterior will be defined by a series of distinctive prismatic cubes made of glass and steel, featuring facades accented by angled fenestration and balcony designs intended to maximize views of the Toronto cityscape and lake.
The condominium’s interior public spaces and amenity areas will be designed by Toronto-based II BY IV Design Associates, with landscape design led by West 8 + DTAH, the team also responsible for the design of East Bayfront’s public realm including the streetscapes, water’s edge promenade and boardwalk. West 8 + DTAH is also leading the design for the revitalization of Queens Quay which includes a new south side promenade, off-street Martin Goodman Trail and integrates the proposed Light Rail Transit line through the community.
Aqualina at Bayside will pursue a LEED Platinum designation and will be part of Toronto’s first LEED-ND Gold neighbourhood. Another the distinctive features of Bayside will be what is being touted as likely the fastest residential Internet service in the city. Delivered by Beanfield Condoconnect’s ultra-high speed broadband fiber-optic network, users will enjoy wireless speeds up to 100 megabits a second.