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Creating a building that celebrates the spirit of St. Monica’s, providing a place of inspiration, engagement, community, and belonging for all.Read More 44 Broadway
Nørdic Condos530 Wilson Ave, 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, 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 St, 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 St, Richmond Hill
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
18 Tretti Way30 Tippett, 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 18 Tretti Way
20 Monte Kwinter36 Tippett Rd, 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 20 Monte Kwinter
2450 Victoria Park2450 Victoria Park Ave, 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 St, 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
Lillian Park45 Dunfield Ave, Toronto
Lillian Park epitomizes Collecdev’s mission to combine the best in architecture, innovation, sustainability and design.Learn More Lillian Park
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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The MaRS Discovery District, innovation in the neigbhourhoodJanuary 9, 2020 READ MORE
The term “disruptor” has become omnipresent over the last decade or so, applied to everything from peer-to-peer ridesharing companies that revolutionized...
The term “disruptor” has become omnipresent over the last decade or so, applied to everything from peer-to-peer ridesharing companies that revolutionized urban transportation, to financial technology companies that seek to simplify the way we bank. But the term is equally applicable to less digitally-oriented endeavours, like the redevelopment of 300 Bloor Street West (a forward-looking plan to ensure the continued longevity of Bloor Street United Church and promote a modern community) and its neighbour to the south, the MaRS Discovery District.
Located on the southeast corner of University and College, just a short walk from 300 Bloor Street West, the MaRS Discovery District is a hub of industry disruption, “a launchpad for start-ups, a platform for researchers and a home to innovators.” Founded in 2000 by a group of 14 civic leaders with the support of the government, key corporations, and the Univeristy of Toronto, MaRS brings together members of the innovation community to grow the economy and make an impact. And that impact can be felt not only on some ofsociety’s greatest challenges, but on the community surrounding the campus itself.
The MaRS ecosystem, a curated community of entrepreneurs, investors, corporates, academics, and government partners, reaches far and wide, supporting Toronto’s position as a global tech hub and creating thousands of jobs and billions in revenue. The original building opened in 2005. 2016 saw a West Tower expansion, and plans are underway for a new space set to launch in 2021.
Occupying 1.5 million square feet, MaRS is North America’s largest urban innovation hub. More than 120 diverse tenants call this home – a curated mix of startups, global corporates, and leading research labs that form a community addressing some of society’s greatest challenges like the healthcare system, disease, urban infrastructure, clean water, and climate change. It’s a space that unites like-minded individuals looking to generate a collective positive impact on the world, a space that lends innovation and diversity to the neighbourhood, creating a stronger community. And a space that will continue to act as a magnet for the best and brightest, disruptors on a local, national, and global scale.
MaRS Facts & Figures
1,200+ startups in the MaRS ecosystem
12,800+ jobs created by MaRS-supported ventures in 2017
$4.8B capital raised by MaRS-supported companies since 2008
$3.2B revenue generated by MaRS-supported companies since 2008
$11.7B amount contributed to Canadian GDP since 2008
Photo credit: www.marsdd.com
Learn more about the 300 Bloor street neighbourhood, rich in innovation, community, and culture on www.300bloorstreetwest.com.
Bring a Stylish Scandinavian Colour Palette into your HomeJanuary 2, 2020 READ MORE
Known for its clean lines and muted colour palette, Scandinavian design is a timeless aesthetic that can make your home feel fresh, modern and airy. Inspired by the cozy homes of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland, this minimalist approach to interior design is focused on creating beautiful, functional spaces that reflect the natural environment.
Give a nod to the Nørdic lifestyle and bring a Scandinavian colour palette into your home in 2020 by following these four simple design guidelines.
Embrace Nørdic Neutrals
White serves as the backdrop of all Scandinavian design and is the ideal base from which to build your overall home aesthetic. Scandinavians favour soft tones and neutrals like white, beige, grey and cream – think subdued colours that inspire calm and tranquility. Achieve a clean, curated look in your home by sticking to a monochromatic colour scheme throughout the space and layering neutral colours in varying shades. If you want to inject subtle pops of colour, stick to muted natural tones and pastels; colours should feel washed out and lived-in rather than bright and saturated. Banish hot pink and vibrant teal from your colour scheme in favour of dusty rose, mint green, icy blue, and soft grey.
Keep Statement Pieces Subtle
While fun accent pieces can inject some personality into your home, you want to take a ‘less is more’ approach when recreating that stylishly stark Nørdic aesthetic. Scandinavian style is all about openness and minimalism, so try to avoid cluttering up the room with too many colourful knickknacks. Any decorative artwork or accent pieces you want to display should work to complement – rather than compete with – your neutral colour palette. If you want to introduce a patterned element like a unique wallpaper or rug, avoid anything that’s too busy and baroque. Instead, lean towards simple prints with clean lines like geometric patterns in muted colour tones or classic black and white stripes.
Stick to Light Woods and Modern Metallics
When it comes to wooden furniture, fine craftsmanship is a key element in Scandinavian design, so it’s important to invest in high-quality pieces that will stand the test of time. Keep the wood tones in your home light and natural to bring warmth to the space. Scandinavian style favours blonde timber, white-washed birch, pine, fir and elm. For some added shine, invest in brass and copper light fixtures and kitchen accessories for a contemporary finish.
Be Inspired by Nature
Scandinavian design is greatly inspired by the outdoors, which means the colour palette for your home should draw upon naturally occurring tones you might find at the beach or in the forest. Try to incorporate environmental colours, textures and design accessories into your space to create a sense of ‘Hygge’ – a Danish and Norwegian term that conveys a sense of coziness and comfort. Fabric furnishings should be made with soft and organic fibres like wool, linen and cotton, and can be dressed up with natural-inspired accessories like a mossy green throw pillow or a soft sheepskin rug. Feel closer to nature by bringing the outdoors in with driftwood accent pieces and green houseplants potted with natural stones in simple white ceramic pots.
Remember, keeping things simple can make a bold statement. To achieve a sleek Scandinavian-inspired colour palette in your home, start with clean monochromatic neutral tones and then incorporate warm woods, natural shades and textures, and muted pastel hues to create a sleek, comfortable space that’s uniquely yours.
Q&A with Scale Model Builder Michael BurkeNovember 4, 2019 READ MORE
What’s tall and slender, with a beautiful profile and a knack for catching the perfect light? These words could be describing the towering glamazons found on catwalks from Paris to Milan, but they’re equally appropriate as a descriptor for the towering scale models that grace sales centres across the continent. And, for the last thirteen years, Michael Burke has been turning out some of the best.
In the late 90s Burke was an architecture student at Ryerson University, regularly pulling all-nighters to build models for class. After graduation he scored a job at a professional model shop and five years later, he launched Myles Burke Architectural Models, with business partner David Myles. Today, the firm produces around 50 models each year for some of the biggest names in development. We sat down with the partner, co-owner, and model maker to find out what exactly goes into building a mini-dream. Super indeed.
Scale models are a very particular niche – how did you end up in the industry?
MB: I was at Ryerson studying architecture and one day, outside of the library, they had a scale model, built by a professional model building company. Until then I had only really seen our student cardboard and wood versions and this model blew my mind – I couldn’t believe the level of detail and the accuracy! I couldn’t figure out how anyone could do that… what materials were they using? How did they get the materials to look so real?
I discovered that a girl in my class was working at a model shop and in fourth year, when she and the rest of my classmates went out and got “real jobs,” her position opened up. I interviewed and got the job.
I really had no idea what I was doing, but I was eager to learn and excited by every new challenge and responsibility. I thought I had the coolest/funnest/most interesting job in the world.
I had only been working there about six months and then this other kid got hired – his name was David Myles.
David and I hit it off right away. We were the same age, had similar interests, and we were really into our jobs.
After about 5 years we felt we were ready for a new challenge, so we started Myles Burke
Architectural Models in 2006 and never looked back.
What’s the largest scale model you’ve ever built?
MB: Some of the larger models we’ve produced at Myles Burke have been The World Towers (Lodha, Mumbai), a full 14’ tall; and Rivington (Toll Brothers, Connecticut), an 11′ x 16′ model with a total area of 176 square feet. The largest model I’ve ever worked on in my career was the Burj Khalifa. The tower was 21′ tall, the base was 32′ in diameter. I went to Dubai for the install. It took 14 days to set up.
Give us the scoop, were you super into Lego and building blocks as a kid?
MB: You guessed it, Lego was totally my thing. I’d build for hours, mostly making stuff up on my own rather than following any instructions in the kit. I also had a train set and I loved building dioramas for school projects.
Why is it important to have a scale model of a project?
MB: Scale models seem to have a unique appeal – they’re part art installation/exhibit, part technical construction. I think people gravitate to them because they’re beautiful, complex, and analogue. They tell the complete story of a project – with just one glance you’re able to understand the size, shape, spatial relationships, etc. of a design. Most people can’t understand a set of architectural drawings but they can understand a scale model in an instant. There’s also an element of authenticity, of truth – scale models, by nature, have to be accurate (their inherent “scale” is found directly in the name), so people experience an immediate sense of trust.
Are you worried that technology may render physical models obsolete?
MB: When it gets to the point when VR is indistinguishable from reality, perhaps physical models will become obsolete, but I’m not worried about it for two reasons: one, when it does happen, I’ll finally get some time off work; and two, I expect to be retired by then.
Seriously though, people always try and tell us that we should just 3D print our models. We’re more than happy to print a model for someone, if they’re looking for an expensive piece of junk, but in my opinion, they don’t hold a candle to what we do. Our work is the real deal.
How many hours did it take to build the Tretti scale model? And the model for Nordic?
MB: Tretti took nearly 588 hours. Nordic has been 695.88 to date.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever been asked to replicate?
MB: The strangest thing I’ve been asked to build was a model of a flat earth for a flat earth convention. I declined the job – I refuse to contribute to such a anti-intellectual conspiracy and outright denial of obvious and testable truths about the oblate spheroid shaped earth.
What’s the average budget for a scale model?
MB: It ranges. The models that we work on aren’t usually less than $10K, average around $25K, and have gotten up to $180K.
What’s your favourite part of the process?
MB: I’ve been doing this for nearly 20 years and I still get excited in the final days of the project when everything comes together. It’s pretty sudden actually – all the parts, fresh out of the paint booth, get glued in place, the trees get installed, the furniture gets added. It’s amazingly satisfying to watch it all take shape.
Finish this sentence, “If I weren’t a scale model builder, I would probably be…”
MB: If I weren’t a scale model builder, I would probably be a starving musician. Thank goodness scale models paid off.
Visit the Collecdev Sales & Design Centre and see some of Burke’s work in living colour with the scale models of Tretti and Nordic, our latest communities.
Carmen Dragomir sees the big picture when it comes to building intimate spacesNovember 1, 2019 READ MORE
Carmen Dragomir sees the big picture when it comes to building intimate spaces. “Design has a certain way of shaping our lives, our sensibility, our...
Carmen Dragomir sees the big picture when it comes to building intimate spaces. “Design has a certain way of shaping our lives, our sensibility, our behaviour, even our emotions,” says the designer, “Every day I have the opportunity to design spaces that touch other people’s lives.” At Nørdic she’s doing exactly that, creating fresh, smart, inspiring spaces that flow from the front door to your home, and everywhere in between.
Q: How did you interpret the Scandinavian aesthetic for a Toronto audience?
Toronto homebuyers are knowledgeable and savvy about the homebuying process. They understand and appreciate different design styles, thanks to the city’s eclectic multicultural mix. In interiors, Scandinavian design conjures the idea of effortlessness, minimalist colour palettes, organic textures, and restrained furniture placement, leaving room for people to move around within a space and take it in from different angles, at varying stages of daylight. At Nørdic, the sensation of lightness and wellbeing is as much a product of the space in between the elements – the room to move freely – as it is of the built forms themselves.
Q: What was your inspiration for the interiors at Nørdic?
I was inspired by the amazing hotel and residence interiors I saw during a recent trip to Copenhagen where they effortlessly combined objects, furniture, and art into incredibly inviting spaces. They were striking and had an eclectic style and a refined, yet comfortable vibe.
Q: The suite layouts at Nordic are wide and shallow – how does that affect how people experience the space?
Wide units have the advantage of bringing more natural light into the spaces, as well as creating open concept plans, giving residents the ability to personalize furniture configurations and flow based on their own needs and aesthetic preferences.
Q: How do you want people to feel in the spaces you’ve designed at Nørdic?
Everyone should feel at ease in their own home. We try to create spaces where people feel comfortable and serene, homes that you never want to leave. You know the expression, build a life you don’t need an escape from? At Nørdic we’ve provided the perfect backdrop for that soft, relaxed, minimal aesthetic that gives residents vacation vibes, even when they’re at home.
Meet the award-winning architect and discover his vision for NørdicNovember 1, 2019 READ MORE
While the word friluftsliv (pronounced free-loofts-liv) may not be a part of gh3*’s daily vocabulary, the Norwegian philosophy that emphasizes the importance...
While the word friluftsliv (pronounced free-loofts-liv) may not be a part of gh3*’s daily vocabulary, the Norwegian philosophy that emphasizes the importance of a connection between built form and the natural landscape seems to define their methodology to a T. Here we speak with the award-winning architects to discover their vision for Nørdic.
Q: How did you approach the design of Nørdic? What was your inspiration for the building?
Our inspiration for Nørdic came directly from the buildings you see on the historic streets of Scandinavian cities, façades that are robust and contribute to a feeling of permanence with proportionately-sized windows that let in an abundance of natural light. We were also inspired by the colour palettes found in northern European countries, and how the light colours can provide a bright counterpoint to short winter days. After all, Toronto gets its fair share of winter.
Q: How did the context of the surrounding neighbourhood influence the design?
Wilson Avenue is a wide avenue with a generous sidewalk. We wanted to maintain that sense of spaciousness and green as much as possible. We were also conscious of the fact that Nørdic is the first midrise building on the north side of the street, so we were mindful that the height and massing of the building fit within the context of the residential buildings across the street.
Q: What do you think Nørdic brings to the neighbourhood of Wilson Heights?
Nørdic will be a important turning point for the transformation of Wilson Avenue from an suburban North York street, to a thriving, vibrant, urban thoroughfare.
Q: There are some really interesting protruding squares on the façade – what are they and how did they become a part of the building architecture
The Wilson façade is a bit of an architectural essay in frames, solids, and voids. The varying proportion, dimension, and size of these elements gives variety and scale to the façade, while providing shade and privacy.
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 – Nomination
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 - Nomination
Best Salesperson or Team, Mid/High-rise - Nomination
Westwood Gardens – Milborne Group
Best Marketing Person or Team- Nomination
2018 CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence
Best Brochure/Kit - Nomination
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 - Nomination
Project of the Year - High or Mid-Rise - Nomination