Scandinavian-inspired condos steps to the Wilson subwayLearn More
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Now rising in the heart of Richmond HillLearn More Westwood Gardens
Nørdic Condos500 Wilson Avenue, Toronto
Friluftsliv is the great Scandinavian philosophy of embracing the outdoor life in everything we do. We’re not only inspired by this ideal for the Nørdic, we are driven by every part of it.Learn More Nørdic Condos
44 Broadway44 Broadway Avenue, Toronto
44 Broadway is the result of an exciting parternship between the Catholic community, represented by the Archdiocese of Toronto and St. Monica’s Roman Catholic Church, and two of Toronto’s most respected names in development, KPMB Architects and Collecdev Inc.Learn More 44 Broadway
300 Bloor St. W300 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Collecdev Inc. and Northrop Development Corporation share a unique vision to build communities that are socially, economically and environmentally sustainable.Learn More 300 Bloor St. W
TRETTI Condos30 Tretti Way, Toronto
Welcome to TRETTI, a fully formed community with one simple vision: create a lifestyle designed for the way people really live. Suites with clean lines and multi-functional design.Learn More TRETTI Condos
Westwood Gardens8868 Yonge Street, Toronto
Collecdev is proud to bring Westwood Gardens to Richmond Hill—and the development industry has responded in kind by awarding us for our ability to communicate our strategies to the community and to achieve architectural design excellence through environmentally sustainable initiatives.Learn More Westwood Gardens
Tippett Park Phase 218 Tretti Way, Toronto
The Tippett Regeneration Area represents thoughtful and complete community plans enhanced through elegant architecture, affordable housing, valued community facilities, sustainable engineering, and a respect for arts and culture.Learn More Tippett Park Phase 2
Tippett Park Phase 120, 38 Monte Kwinter, Toronto
As part of the overall masterplan for the Tippett Regeneration Area, 36 and 36R Tippett are currently being constructed at the northerly portion of the site.Learn More Tippett Park Phase 1
Lillian Park44 Lillian St. & 33 Dunfield Ave., Toronto
Lillian Park epitomizes Collecdev’s mission to combine the best in architecture, innovation, sustainability and design.Learn More Lillian Park
2450 Victoria Park2450 Victoria Park Avenue, Toronto
Located on the border of North York and Scarborough, just north of Highway 401, 2450 Victoria Park Avenue is a proposed mixed-use, master-planned development of transformative proportions.Learn More 2450 Victoria Park
22 Balliol22 Balliol Street, Toronto
A 38-storey modernist tower at 22 Balliol brings a fresh new look to a neighbourhood that for decades, has been a mecca for mid- and high-rise rental towers along with several condominiums.Learn More 22 Balliol
Balliol Park118 Balliol St., 99 Davisville Ave., Toronto
Located in the heart of vibrant Davisville Village in midtown Toronto, Balliol Park comprises a 30- and 15-storey towers that contain 521 units addressing a responsible and effective approach to the City of Toronto’s increasing need for purpose-built rentals.Learn More Balliol Park
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Beauty in the design details – an interview with gh3* architectsJuly 9, 2020 READ MORE
Earlier this month we sat down to talk living spaces with Raymond Chow, award-winning...
Earlier this month we sat down to talk living spaces with Raymond Chow, award-winning architect and partner at gh3*. Today we dive into the design details that help make Collecdev homes some of the most sought-after on the market.
Your designs for Collecdev communities, particularly TRETTI and Nørdic, have been extremely well received. Why do you think buyers are responding with such enthusiasm?
I think our philosophy resonates with purchasers, and it’s a philosophy shared by Collecdev. Together, we’re creating residences that offer thoughtful consideration of key architectural elements such as proportion, material selection, and natural light. None of these need to cost more money, and buyers appreciate that.
They also seem to appreciate your approach to multifunctional design. City living usually requires a tradeoff between physical space and urban convenience, but the communities you’ve designed with Collecdev don’t appear to sacrifice function at all. How do you ensure that spaces remain functional at any size?
Size isn’t actually the most important metric here. The issue is usually the layout itself – the amount of built-in storage provided, the carefully considered placement of fixtures and appliances, careful planning so that every bedroom is on a windowed wall… By taking a more thoughtful approach to these elements, we’re able to create functional spaces that work well at any size. It’s about smarter design, where size is not a limiting factor to how well you live.
Would you say that multifunctionality is a conscious strategy at gh3*?
Yes – it’s fundamental. People need flexible spaces to meet the demands of our busier lifestyles. If the last few months have taught us anything, it’s that home is a place where we spend a lot of our time. Even before COVID, more people were working from home. Now, our homes need to be a place where we can work, relax, retreat, entertain, all in the same space. That space needs to adapt to our needs, not the other way around.
How can good design be made more accessible for everyone?
Don’t over design. Don’t try to be too trendy or ‘of the time’. It’s important that architects, designers, and developers prioritize functionality and quality wherever possible. Design with purpose and simplicity in mind and you’ll often arrive at the most elegant solution.
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The secret to designing an inspiring living spaceJuly 8, 2020 READ MORE
Raymond Chow finds beauty in the simple things. “Good design is a combination of simple elements, consideration given to proportion, light, and material selection to create an inspiring space.” We sat down with the award-winning co-founder and partner of gh3* Architects to discover his secrets
gh3* frequently collaborates with Collecdev.
That’s right. We’ve worked on a number of Collecdev projects, most recently, Nørdic. We love working with the Collecdev team because they share our commitment to strive for something better than the norm.
Abundant natural light seems to be a core focus of their communities – how do you ensure that through suite design?
We push for suite layouts that are shallower than the industry standard. The benefits are undeniable – shallow units mean more of your square footage is directly adjacent to the outdoors, whether that’s via windows, or with access to an outdoor space like a balcony or terrace. The positive impact this has on the experience of the space is immense. Personally, I wish the industry as a whole would say goodbye to deep suite plans – people were not made to live in the dark.
Let’s talk a little bit about the main living space in a condo, presumably it’s the spot where people spend most of their time.
The open concept kitchen / living area is definitely the most important room in a home. It’s the space where we like to relax at the end of a hard day and where we host friends at the end of the week. It has to fulfill many functions – cooking, eating, relaxing, celebrating, hosting. It can also be the part of our homes where we get to express our design sensibilities and personality most through furniture, art, furnishings etc.
So aside from how to incorporate a designer sofa / vintage Eames chair / favourite piece of art – what’s the first thing someone should consider when designing their main living space?
Consider how you will use the space at different times of the day, and various times of the year. A main living space needs to meet a lot of needs, especially when we consider that they’re almost always directly adjacent to the kitchen / dining area. Your design needs to account for a range of activities – considering them from the start will mean a more enjoyable experience of your home.
What’s the one thing that can transform a space from ordinary to inspiring?
Simplicity in design and the use of quality materials.
That seems evident in your design at Nørdic – the white façade is such a clean and simple addition to the streetscape, an aesthetic that appears to continue into the suites.
We were inspired by Scandinavian cities and used that Northern European style to help us achieve the objective we set for all of our residential designs – to help people feel comfortable, safe, and at ease in the space. To create a space that feels like home.
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Why thoughtful amenity programming is more important than everJune 24, 2020 READ MORE
Creating amenity programs within our communities that not only provide inspiration and encourage connection, but truly reflect the needs and desires of our residents, is a guiding principle at Collecdev. It’s a forward-thinking approach that eschews the status quo in favour of questions like how do people really want to spend their time? What amenities can help improve quality of life? How is the market evolving and what can we do to provide environments that will remain relevant for years to come? The recent global pandemic has validated that we’re on the right course.
Six months ago the hashtag #WFH (Work From Home) was barely a blip on the radar and most people weren’t thinking about whether their kitchen table could double as an impromptu office space. Today #WFH has over 1.8 million posts on Instagram and counting, and, after months of isolating in our homes, we’ve all become aware of the impact our surroundings can have on our mood, our wellbeing, and our ability to work.
At Collecdev we’ve always known that good design and carefully considered amenities can create a sense of belonging and improve quality of life. Thoughtful, forward-thinking amenity programming is at the core of every community we build, and it evolves in response to changes in the way people live.
For instance, several years ago when we saw that freelancing, remote working, and flex hours were becoming more and more commonplace, we began to include flexible coworking spaces in communities like Nørdic and TRETTI, spaces equipped with meeting rooms, private alcoves, community tables, and lightning fast wifi (for worry-free Zoom calls all day long). We introduced pet-friendly amenities like outdoor pet relief areas and indoor pet washing stations to accommodate the growing number of four-legged community members. And we incorporated outdoor courtyards, terraces, rooftops, and landscaped parks, letting residents stop and smell the roses (or the paper birches and pines) whenever they see fit.
Of course, we didn’t foresee a global pandemic, but the same principles that we use to guide our community design – engaging amenities, abundant natural light, convenient access to the outdoors – also enhance the everyday living experience whether or not we’re sheltering in place.
No doubt the last few months will lead to a new future “normal”, but if we’ve learned anything from COVID-19 it’s that, as we spend less physical time at the office, and more time closer to home, the quality of our immediate surroundings and of our shared spaces play a direct role in keeping us happy, healthy, and connected. As we move forward, we will continue to deliver communities that anticipate, adapt, and evolve to enhance the way we live.
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An innovative approach to selling real estateJune 19, 2020 READ MORE
Innovation. At Collecdev, it’s always top of mind. We are constantly seeking out the latest technologies to keep our communities engaging, sustainable, and...
Innovation. At Collecdev, it’s always top of mind. We are constantly seeking out the latest technologies to keep our communities engaging, sustainable, and future-proofed. We make it our business to stay informed, do extensive research, and then incorporate the systems that help us respond to shifting market demands, a strategy that recently led us to pursue an innovative new approach to sales.
The COVID-19 crisis has had a massive impact on the way we live. New terms like “social distancing” have entered the vernacular, influencing where we go, who we see, and how we interact. Businesses have had to adapt, including the real estate industry, but thanks to our forward-thinking approach and our early adoption of a series of digital solutions we were already well positioned to respond. The platforms used by our team pre-COVID have taken on even greater importance in recent months, making the sales experience more convenient and accessible than ever before.
Today customers may not be able to make it into a sales centre in person, but with Blackline 2.0 they can still enjoy the full sales experience from a safe social distance. The innovative point of sale platform provides access to full-feature digital sales presentations from a smartphone, tablet, laptop – anywhere with an internet connection. Customers can view 3D architectural models, brochures, and virtual tours, they can compare floorplans, select their desired unit, and even close the sale with the help of their agent and Avesdo, interactive software that not only lets you purchase a new condo from the comfort of your living room, but delivers the added benefit of automating time-consuming tasks like signing every page of the Agreement of Purchase and Sale.
For some, the real fun begins after signing on the dotted line, when it’s time to select the design and décor for their new home. For that, there’s The Interactive Abode, an interactive décor program that we recently engaged for TRETTI and Westwood Gardens. Using the software, buyers can decorate their new home via an intuitive, user-friendly interface that renders digitally selected finishes in real time, on screen. Even before province-wide protocols limited in-person appointments, our interactive décor studio was a hit with purchasers who enjoyed the freedom to select finishes and customize their space at their own pace.
“That’s the key element,” says Collecdev’s VP of Sales and Marketing, Natascha Pieper, “the true benefit of these innovative sales tools is not the ability to maintain social distancing in the current pandemic, but the convenience of a sales process that fits into your schedule, letting you research, plan, purchase, and design on your terms. It’s just another example of our forward-thinking approach to development – designing systems, spaces, and communities that put the buyer at the centre of everything we do.”
Collecdev Implementing Geothermal Energy Systems in New CondosJune 9, 2020 READ MORE
With increased awareness of energy use and environmental sustainability coupled, plus more stringent green standards set out by Greater Toronto Area (GTA)...
With increased awareness of energy use and environmental sustainability coupled, plus more stringent green standards set out by Greater Toronto Area (GTA) municipalities, a new generation of condominium buildings are being designed with a focus on reduced carbon footprints and long-term savings for residents. One method of harnessing a build site’s stored energy is the construction of geothermal systems that draw heat energy from deep below a building’s footprint, converting it to usable, renewable power. One developer now incorporating these systems into certain projects is Collecdev, with two GTA condo developments under construction with geothermal energy systems, and another soon to begin.
April view of construction at Westwood Gardens
On Yonge Street in Richmond Hill, Westwood Gardens is well into construction, with the structure beginning to rise above a network of pipes and pumps that extend deep into the earth below it. The aerial view above from a few months ago shows the building beginning to rise above grade, while the diagram below gives an idea of the underground network that draws geothermal energy to power the building, with cool water pumped into the earth returning to the building heated up.
Geothermal energy system at Westwood Gardens
Geothermal systems can displace most of the natural gas usage typically required for a building of this size, reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions by over 70% per year compared to a conventional building, something of this size offsetting carbon emissions by the equivalent of 140 fewer cars on the road each year. The elimination of associated cooling towers in the mechanical penthouse will also save over 5 million litres of water per year, and eliminate the need for harmful coolant chemicals. Geothermal offers reliability in all seasons, with energy drawn from deep below the surface where the temperature doesn’t fluctuate, providing both a sustainable source of heat and energy to power a building.
The same system is in its earliest stages at the site of Tretti Condos, near Wilson subway station in northwest Toronto, while nearby, Collecdev is gearing up to install another of geothermal system at the recently sold-out Nordic Condos development on Wilson. Both of these systems are being built under 30-year agreements that include a performance guarantee and predictable costs.
April view of construction at Tretti Condos, image by Forum contributor drum118
While these systems add up-front costs during planning and construction, immediate property value benefits and long-term cost benefits come from reduced reliance on external power, while a reduction of environmental impacts are becoming more evident to builders and suite purchasers. With widespread implementation, these systems—along with other recent advances including innovations in laminated timber and carbon-trapping concrete—have the potential to vastly improve sustainability for the next generation of buildings.
Source: Urban Toronto
2020 BILD Awards
Home Builder of the Year – Mid/High-Rise - Finalist
Green Builder of the Year – Mid/High-Rise - Finalist
Project of the Year – Mid/High-Rise - Finalist
People’s Choice Award - Finalist
Best High-Rise Building Design - Finalist
Best High-Rise Building Design - Finalist
2020 CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence
Attached Homes - Mid-to High-Rise Condominium - Finalist
Best Print Ad - Finalist
2019 OHBA Awards of Distinction
OHBA People’s Choice Award – Finalist
Architectural Design - High-Rise Building – Finalist
Project of the Year High or Mid-Rise – Finalist
2019 BILD Awards
Green Builder of the Year – Mid/High-Rise – Finalist
2019 NAHB The Nationals
Best Brochure - Builder – Silver
City of Toronto 2018 Affordable Housing Champions
Collecdev – Balliol Park, 30 & 36 Tippett
2018 BILD Awards
Best Innovative Suite Design - Winner
Westwood Gardens – E8 Suite
Green Builder of the Year - Mid/High-Rise - Finalist
Best Salesperson or Team, Mid/High-rise - Finalist
Westwood Gardens – Milborne Group
Best Marketing Person or Team- Finalist
2018 CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence
Best Brochure/Kit - Finalist
2018 NAHB Best in Green Awards
Best in Green Sales & Marketing Strategy - Winner
2018 NAHB The Nationals
Best Marketing of Green/Sustainable Program - Silver
Best Microsite/Website for a Builder - Silver
Marketing Professional of the Year - Silver
2017 OHBA Awards of Distinction
Best High or Mid-Rise Project Sales Brochure - Finalist
Project of the Year - High or Mid-Rise - Finalist