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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
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
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
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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Dutch Artist Berndnaut Smilde and the heavenly pieces that inspire CieloSeptember 20, 2021 READ MORE
Listening to Berndnaut Smilde speak is a bit like listening to an architect - the Amsterdam-based artist talks at length about how he’s...
Listening to Berndnaut Smilde speak is a bit like listening to an architect – the Amsterdam-based artist talks at length about how he’s interested in witnessing his creations “change shape” and “reflect light,” and how each one “is rooted in a time and place.” But Smilde isn’t discussing buildings, he’s talking about clouds, the natural phenomenon so ephemeral in nature: literally here one moment, gone the next. It’s that sense of transience, of the “impermanent state of being,” that has obsessed the world-renowned artist ever since he created, then photographed, his first cloud installation, Nimbus, inside a small sixteenth-century chapel in Holland, back in 2010.
Smilde’s hyper-realistic cloud installations have come to life in factories, museums, castles and dungeons around the world, and to much critical acclaim. The original photo of Nimbus now resides at London’s famous Saatchi Gallery. In 2012, his innovative cloud-creating technique earned the artist a spot on Time magazine’s list of Top Inventions of the Year. In 2013, international fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar commissioned Smilde to create the mise en scène for a series of photographs with some of the world’s most famous designers – Karl Lagerfeld, Alber Elbaz, Donatella Versace, Dolce & Gabbana – in a piece, appropriately titled, ICONOCLOUDS. In 2021, his works are inspiring Cielo.
Cielo translates as “sky and heaven” in both Italian and Spanish, and the gorgeous cloud-scraping new tower rising on Bloor Street West will stretch towards the sky, reaching up to the very clouds that fascinate Smilde. The visual artist was initially inspired by the ubiquitous presence of cumulus clouds in classical Dutch paintings, a reflection of the country’s infamously rainy landscape. But, where Smilde’s artistic ancestors merely painted these magnificent forms, Smilde sought to “capture” them in interior spaces.
His precise scientific technique took over two years to perfect. It requires an environment where the air inside a space is cool enough that water vapour, produced by a smog machine, doesn’t condense into rain, but warm enough that it condenses around dust particles in the air to form clouds that last for a few seconds, just long enough to be photographed, transforming the momentary into something everlasting, almost celestial.
When asked about his intention in creating these stunning images, Smilde is quizzically paradoxical. “On the one hand I wanted to create an ominous situation; you could see the cloud as a sign of misfortune. You could also read it as an element out of the Dutch landscape paintings in a physical form in a classical museum hall.” Whatever his intention, his “heavenly” nimbus images have transfixed gallery goers around the world with their other-worldly beauty. Soon, Cielo will do the same, elevating the Toronto skyline – architecturally and artistically – to new heights.
To learn more about Cielo, the Bloor Street residence bringing an uncommon luxury to the Annex – Toronto’s celebrated Arts & Cultural hub – visit cielocondos.com.
PHOTO: MICHAEL HOLLY
NIMBUS VISUAL, 2013
Construction Update: Nørdic CondosAugust 11, 2021 READ MORE
Construction at Nørdic is now well underway, bringing future residents one step closer to a Scandinavian-inspired lifestyle next door to Yorkdale, Wilson subway station, and Downsview Park. Here’s a look at some of the recent construction milestones:
Geothermal Energy System
The vertical drilling required for the building’s geothermal energy system is now complete and teams are installing the underground piping infrastructure required for the innovative system that will use 40% less energy than traditional HVAC, produce 70% less greenhouse gas, offer predictable monthly maintenance fees, and save over 5 million litres of water per year.
Bulk excavation of the site is now finished, pushing overall detailed excavation to 90%. At the end of July, a soil ramp, previously used to access the base of the 9.9-metre-deep pit, was removed, and a third tower crane will soon take its place.
On August 10th the third (and final) crane will join two existing luffer cranes that have been on site and operational since July. The steel structures facilitate work on walls, columns, and floor forms, allowing forming activity to advance at the site interior. Work on both the P1- and P2-level parking slabs began last month and are now, respectively, at 10% and 20% completion. The structural foundation system for the entire site is 75% complete.
Waterproofing of the foundation walls is 40% complete. This critical step provides a layer of protection between the below-grade structure and the moisture present in the surrounding soil and fill, preventing future water damage.
Mechanical, Electrical + HVAC
Rough-ins for the mechanical, electrical and HVAC systems are now underway on the P1 and P2 parking levels. Residents at Nørdic will enjoy individually-controlled heating and cooling in each suite and individual metering of hydro, water, heating, and cooling usage.
Nørdic will introduce residents to an inspiring lifestyle full of green space, thoughtfully designed amenities, innovative architecture, and integrated connectivity to the entire city.
Flowers bloom across Yorkville as Collecdev and Cielo support Fleurs De VillesAugust 6, 2021 READ MORE
Creating things that look good and that do good for the world and the people who inhabit it – it’s a philosophy that aligns perfectly with our ethos at Collecdev, and it’s exactly what’s taking place this week at Fleurs de Villes ROSÉ.
From August 4th to 8th, Fleurs de Villes, the globally-renowned cultivator of bespoke floral installations, returns to Toronto’s Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood, bringing with it a trail of floral creations touching down at Manulife Centre, Holt Renfrew, Pusateri’s, Brunello Cucinelli, The Hazelton Hotel, Yorkville Village, Yorkville Lane and more. Over 35 pop-up installations are in full bloom, including floral couture mannequins, floral sculptures, fresh flower market stalls, and Fleurs de Villes CHIEN – a floral tribute to six delightful dogs.
In the plaza at 150 Bloor Street West, Collecdev and Cielo proudly present “The Cloud,” a light-as-air installation of pink gypsophilia, phelenopsis orchids, white ashley garden roses, white plumosa and pink and white hydrangeas.
Inspired by the ephemeral cloud installations of Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde, the piece pays tribute to Cielo, Collecdev’s latest community, coming soon to 300 Bloor Street West.
The incomparably iconic building will reach toward the sky with an architectural beauty that seems otherworldly, in a profoundly connected location next to some of the city’s most important arts, retail, educational, and cultural institutions, many of which are hosting the colourful installations at Fleurs de Villes.
Visitors can pick up a map or scan a QR code to begin at Manulife Centre, and follow the trail throughout the Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood. In addition to The Cloud, be sure to stop by Il Patio di Eataly for an Aperol Spritz from the Floral VW Van (dubbed #SpritzBus), “paws” for a moment at Yorkville Village to see the spectacular floral interpretations of man’s best friend, and shop for fresh blooms at the pop-up flower markets on Saturday, August 7th, with a portion of proceeds supporting breast cancer research.
The entire event raises money for this important cause, with 10% of sponsorship and flower market sales donated directly via the Breast Cancer Society of Canada and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Best of all, the event is open to the public and entirely free!
“The Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood sets the perfect stage to showcase the world-class talent of Toronto,” says Fleurs de Villes Co-Founder, Karen Marshall. The neighbourhood’s internationally-renowned reputation as a destination for the very best fashion, food, wellness and culture is what attracted the creators of the event, the same traits that will appeal to residents at Cielo. Stop and smell the roses in Toronto’s most coveted neighbourhood, and discover what life can be like from a new home on Bloor Street West.
Collecdev supports ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public ArtJuly 26, 2021 READ MORE
Icebergs floating on the waterfront. A curbside fortune teller. Indigenous animal carvings on the TTC. Creativity and imagination are all around us these days,...
Icebergs floating on the waterfront. A curbside fortune teller. Indigenous animal carvings on the TTC. Creativity and imagination are all around us these days, and it’s all thanks to ArtworxTO, a public art initiative from the City of Toronto.
Kicking off the city’s new 10-Year Public Art Strategy, ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021-2022 is designed to “celebrate Toronto’s exceptional public art collection and the artists behind it.” This exciting initiative supports artists and both new and existing artwork that reflects Toronto’s diversity and creates more opportunities for the public to engage with free public art in their everyday lives, across the entire city.
It’s in perfect alignment with our pillar of Social Sustainability, a commitment to integrating diverse programmatic elements that stimulate conversation and ensure private and public spaces are designed to enrich society as a whole. It’s why so many Collecdev communities include original art, space to create, and locations near rich cultural hubs. Public art, as a tool for community development, civic engagement, and urban design, is everyone’s responsibility, especially those who play a direct role in shaping city growth. That’s why Collecdev is thrilled to announce our sponsorship of an ArtworxTO installation – the Dupont Street Mural by the prolific street artist Troy Lovegates.
One of the most recent additions is “Generally Speaking,” a brand-new 120-foot mural that can be found in Yorkville, near Cielo Condos. The mural is the first public piece in Canada by NYC-based African American artist Nina Chanel Abney. A self-identified queer woman, Abney’s works often explore themes of race, gender, pop culture, homophobia, and politics, and “Generally Speaking” is no exception. The piece is full of graphic shapes, text, and icons that define an energetic visual language designed to raise awareness about cultural- and gender-based hate, and that urges the viewer to “‘stop’ for a moment of consideration on how we can embark on a communal process of healing through art and intentional contemplation.”
Plan your own route to discover Toronto’s impressive art scene using the city’s interactive artworks map where you can filter by artist, artwork name, type, neighbourhood or city program and set out to discover them all.
As Toronto continues to carve out a name for itself as a global leader in public art, Collecdev will continue to support the endeavours with commissions like the Dupont Street Mural and communities that put residents within easy reach of inspiring works. Join us for the unveiling and be a part of the legacy!
Learn more about Collecdev Communities by registering today.
Image courtesy of ArtworxTO.
The Crosstown LRT delivers better long-term valueJuly 23, 2021 READ MORE
There’s an old joke that there are two seasons in Toronto: winter and construction. The latter has been top of mind for many in the recent past, especially...
There’s an old joke that there are two seasons in Toronto: winter and construction. The latter has been top of mind for many in the recent past, especially around midtown where Metrolinx has been hard at work on the Crosstown LRT. As the 2022 opening date nears (as of May construction was 75% complete!), many current and future residents (like those at 44 Broadway) are celebrating. Why? Because they know that life on a transit line comes with big benefits.
A lot of different factors affect property value – location, design, architecture, unit type, and yes, proximity to efficient public transit. Studies, like this one from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and the National Association of Realtors (NAR), have shown that property values increase dramatically when located close to transit.
- The median sale price for homes is 4% to 24% higher.
- Price per square foot on commercial properties rises between 5% and 42%.
- Rent prices increase between 2% and 14%.
It’s a global phenomenon – in London, home values rise £1,000 for every minute people save in transit time on the tube; in Los Angeles, houses and apartments within a half kilometre from rapid transit are 2x more expensive; in Dallas, properties served by rail see a 39% increase in value – but similar findings come up right here in Toronto. A 2015 study showed that property located close to a subway station sold for 30% more than properties 500 metres or more away.
“The number one thing people will pay for is walkability to a subway station,” says John S. Andrew, director of the Queen’s Real Estate Roundtable at Queen’s University. “In Toronto you can draw concentric circles around subway stations, and you can see the further you move outward, the lower the property values are. For example, if you’re three blocks from Eglinton station, that’s like gold.”
That’s great news for future residents at 44 Broadway. Not only will they be in a prime position to enjoy the vibrant neighbourhood amenities of Yonge and Eglinton – including some of the city’s most popular coffee shops, restaurants, fitness studios, and abundant retail – but they’ll also be just steps from the new Crosstown LRT, a dedicated route that will connect 25 stations along 19 kilometres between Kennedy in the east, and Mount Dennis in the west, making getting across town up to 60% faster and more convenient with links to 54 bus routes, three TTC subway stations, the UP Express, and three GO Transit lines.
Long-term home value. A faster commute. And there are even more pros to living near transit, including:
Improved Physical Health
According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, people who commute via transit are three times more likely to reach their daily recommended allotment of physical exercise than those who drive to work.
A Happier Outlook
Less time stuck in traffic + less expensive parking costs + less road rage = more time to do the things you want, and that can have a huge positive impact on your mental health and the quality of your daily life.
The study from the APTA and the NAR also showed that transportation costs are significantly lower for homeowners living near transit lines, with savings, on average, between $2,500 to $4,400 per year.
Melanie Reuter, a former director at the Real Estate Investment Network (REIN), sums it up, proximity to transit is “the feature that adds the most value to a home.”
If you needed another reason to consider 44 Broadway, this is it – with beautiful architecture, thoughtful amenities, and a prime location at Yonge and Eglinton just steps from the Yonge subway line and the future Crosstown LRT, this is an address that will enrich your life in every sense.
The Eglinton Crosstown LRT is scheduled to open in 2022. For the latest construction updates and milestones visit the Crosstown website at thecrosstown.ca. And for more information on 44 Broadway, contact us today
2021 NAHB The Nationals
Multifamily Community of the Year – Silver
Best Print Campaign – Silver
Best Email Marketing – Silver
Multifamily Community of the Year – Silver
Best Landscape of a Community – Silver
Best Email Marketing – Silver
2021 BILD Awards
Best Advertising Campaign (Paid Media) – Finalist
2020 OHBA Awards of Distinction
Project of the Year – High or Mid-Rise – Winner
OHBA People’s Choice Award – Finalist
High or Mid-Rise Condo Suite (4+ Storeys up to 800SF) – Finalist
Lobby Entrance – Finalist
Social Media Campaign – Finalist
High or Mid-Rise Ad Campaign (4+ Storeys) – Finalist
High or Mid-Rise Project Sales Brochure (4+ Storeys) – Finalist
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