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May 31, 2023
May 31, 2023
Jenny Febbraro, Special to National Post
Published May 31, 2023
As the name suggests, the developer behind Kipling Station Condos knows transit access is a selling point. Rising 50 storeys, the residential tower coming to Etobicoke will redefine the area’s skyline, bringing high-density living to a rapidly transitioning neighbourhood, in a pocket where transit access points converge.
“The great thing about this development is that it will overlook the new Kipling Transit Hub,” says Gavin Cheung, president of CentreCourt, referring to the upcoming Metrolinx project that will connect the TTC, Go Train and MiWay Mississauga in one spot, next to Kipling Station Condos. According to Cheung, another 35 residential towers are expected to rise in the area within the next few years.
For Kipling Station Condos, B+H Architects designed sculptural features that create the illusion of movement on the tower’s façade. “With such a tall building, we didn’t want a static, monolithic look,” says Stephanie Maignan, senior design architect at B+H. “We created a pattern with a shift in the windows, solid paneling and cantilever balconies. So from levels 5 to 12, there is one series of windows and then that shifts again from floors 13 to 21 and so on.”
B+H used the classic “golden ratio” to divide the building into different design segments. “We took the proportion of the podium, and then the next section is double that height,” explains Maignan. “It sort of stretches the building and accentuates the height while introducing a sense of movement and rotation.”
Currently in the preconstruction phase, the stylized 552-unit tower brings contrast to the neighbourhood. “It’s a really contemporary yet minimalist look,” says Maignan. “We’ve got these black metal patterns with a bit of texture, but then that alternates with a copper rose metal. It’s almost like the building has copper fins that accentuate (its) movement.”
Located at the corner of Dundas Street West and Aukland Road, the condo provides first-time homeowners a reasonable edge to enter the market. Suites range from 343 to 935 square feet; studio units begin in the $400,000s. The largest unit is a three-bedroom, starting in the $900,000s.
Interior designers Figure3 took inspiration from vintage European trains to inform the overall aesthetic. “From its earliest stages, this development was really a story about transit, the ease of transportation and travel,” says Dominic De Freitas, principal at Figure3. “So we took that idea of movement as inspiration and were really attracted to the train interiors of the 1930s and 1940s,” which were outfitted in more luxurious materials – leathers, metals, woods – than trains today, De Freitas says.
In the lobby, vertical gold and brass accents embedded in wooden panels are paired with modern materials, such as concrete, that reflect Etobicoke’s industrial history.
“We also rotated the reception desk to the side so that the fireplace would be the most prominent feature when you first walk in,” he notes.
On the same floor, residents have access to a satellite Cleveland Clinic, a for-profit virtual medical service with a dedicated diagnostics room.
Beyond, the building has 22,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities that include barbecues, dining areas, firepits and an outdoor dog run, a fitness centre, private boardrooms and zoom/social media rooms, as well as a lounge area, garden area and party room.
Suites feature full-sized kitchens with paneled appliances. Bathroom finishes include a mix of wood and stone selected by Figure3 in warm and darker shades, depending on residents’ choice.
Units start in the $400,000s for 343 square feet. For more information, visit https://kiplingstation.com
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