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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
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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
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
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
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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TRETTI + Nørdic honoured with CHBA nominationsFebruary 20, 2020 READ MORE
The Danes have a saying, “bo bedre,” which means “live better.” It’s the driving force behind TRETTI and Nørdic, two amazing new Collecdev...
The Danes have a saying, “bo bedre,” which means “live better.” It’s the driving force behind TRETTI and Nørdic, two amazing new Collecdev communities, designed to help more people live smarter, live better, live happier than ever before. This month these projects received industry kudos, nominated for two CHBA National Awards:
The Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) National Awards for Housing Excellence recognize the best in Canadian new homes, home renovations, community development, and marketing. “These nominations place us among a distinguished group,” said Collecdev President, Maurice Wager, upon hearing the news. “The CBHA is the voice of the residential construction industry in Canada and to be recognized by them is a testament to the incredible communities we’re bringing to life.”
TRETTI and Nørdic, have received an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response from the market, impressing purchasers and industry insiders with their holistic approach to development. Inspired by Scandinavian cities like Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Oslo, the communities combine great design and inspiring amenities, with direct access to transit and a strong connection to nature, creating human-centric environments that promote a healthier and happier way to live.
TRETTI’s nomination for outstanding excellence in a Mid- to High-Rise Condominium Project reflects the extensive planning and vision that has gone into the site. CreateTO, a team of real estate professionals working with the City of Toronto to manage its real estate portfolio, worked closely with Collecdev to develop a community plan for the lands at 30 Tippett which were sold to Collecdev in 2015.
The development aligns with the City’s overall vision for the Tippett Regeneration Area and includes provisions for new public services, roads, parks, and infrastructure, along with the 13-storey condominium and two purpose-built rental buildings, Tippett Park Phase 1 and Tippett Park Phase 2. A collection of suites has been designated for Collecdev H.O.M.E – Home Ownership Made Easy., the affordable ownership program developed in partnership with the Government of Canada, Ontario and the City of Toronto, that puts good living within reach for more first-time buyers. And sustainable building systems like geothermal energy and green roofs reduce the carbon footprint and create long-term value for residents. These elements, combined with convenient transit, an emphasis on the outdoors, and engaging amenities, make TRETTI a truly complete community, a place residents will be proud to call home.
Q&A with KPMB architectsJanuary 29, 2020 READ MORE
When the Archdiocese of Toronto and St. Monica’s Roman Catholic Church put out an RFP for the redevelopment of 40-44 Broadway, they were hoping, in some ways, for the holy trinity of urban development. The selected architectural firm had to have demonstrated capacity for creating vibrant and sustainable communities; they had to be adept at balancing past, present, and future; and they had to be passionate about enriching the quality of the human experience. It was a tall order, but when KPMB Architects submitted their proposal (a joint venture with esteemed community developer Collecdev), it seemed the order had been filled. Here we sit down with KPMB Partner, Marianne McKenna, and Principal, Bob Sims, to talk about the community, the church, and the plans for this unique site.
Why is KPMB uniquely positioned to bring the redevelopment of 44 Broadway to life?
KPMB has established a reputation for design excellence in a broad range of building types, from cultural and academic projects, to residential and hospitality. Each of these projects focuses on engaging the broader community with buildings that relate to context and improve the public realm beyond the constraints of the immediate property, something that is essential to the plans for 44 Broadway.
How did you approach the new design of the church – what was your inspiration?
St Monica’s Parish represents a distinctive form of Catholicism, in an urban context surrounded by tall residential buildings. Our approach to the worship space sees a distinct and scared element set within the Narthex, the parish hall, and the steeple, the program elements of this congregation.
The interior of the worship space is a private sanctuary, protected from city life on Broadway, lending privacy to the worshipers. Strategically placed openings provide natural light, which is both symbolically and atmospherically significant. The entire congregation sits beneath a distinct roof whose design was inspired by the veil worn by Saint Monica.
How did the context of the surrounding neighbourhood influence the design?
The intersection of Broadway Avenue and Yonge Street is rapidly transforming. The traditional model of single family homes is seeing the addition of more environmentally-friendly and higher density residential communities that offer greater access and diversity in the city’s growing hubs. In this context, the church’s small footprint needed to stand proudly on its own as a strong expression of Catholicism in the city. Through the majestic steeple and eycatching curved roof, the church captures that expression, small but mighty.
What element of the redevelopment are you most proud of?
I would have to say the steeple. The design was inspired by the idea of two hands, delicately holding a cross. A symbol for the community, the steeple visibly represents the faith of the congregation, and creates a public identity on the street. It reaches to the sky as a sacred beacon and brings balance to the residential tower.
How has the design evolved as a result of community feedback and engagement?
The community is a vital source of inspiration, information, and engagement. The development of the site, and its relationship to the neighbourhood, has been inspired by community feedback. For example, based on comments and requests, the site has been designed with a public piazza on Broadway, a gathering space for residents, worshipers, and visitors to mix and mingle.
What are some of the unique challenges that emerge when designing a site that combines a residential building with a faith-based community space?
The biggest challenge is balancing scale and the different needs of the programming (i.e. both worship and residential), while building cohesion for the site. Every element – from the residential tower, to the piazza, to the church – needs to have a relationship to the other elements and to the overall site, while still maintaining a unique position and purpose.
The plans for 40-44 Broadway mention a contemporary narthex. What is a narthex and how did it become a part of the design?
A narthex is the traditional “public space” or entrance lobby in a Christian church. Typically located on the west side of the building, it acts as a social gathering space and a symbolic element that the parishioners “pass through” to reach the main place of worship. At St. Monica’s the new narthex will be a soaring, light-filled space, sheltered from the residential and urban context, marking the transition from daily life into the church.
What has been the biggest concern of neighbourhood residents and how have you addressed it?
As with many urban redevelopments, the item of biggest concern has been the height of the residential tower. While the proposed tower is the same height as several future developments along Broadway Avenue that have already received city approval, we are sensitive to the community concerns and have worked to create a design that fits within the existing neighbourhood context. For example, on the north side, the residential tower will be set back, allowing the church to provide a more human-scale transition from Broadway and maintain a welcoming streetscape that responds to the human experience.
How does the residential tower relate to the new church?
Architecturally, the organic façade of the building establishes a relationship with the church, drawing on the softly curved lines of the rooftop and existing in balance with the vertical steeple. Materially, both buildings draw from the same source, expressing warmth, quality, and timelessness. Programatically, the tower’s podium base will include residential units dedicated for retired priests, creating a natural connection between residents and the church. At the same time, both elements will have their own unique personality, striking a balance between distinct character and common ground.
Is this the first church you’ve designed?
No actually. We’ve previously developed a strategic masterplan for the St Michael’s Cathedral block on Bond Street that incorporates a new centre for Catholic community use, a new St Michael’s Choir School, and a new chapel. We’ve also worked on designs for the Bloor Street United Church and Saint Thomas Anglican Church in the Annex.
What special considerations go into designing a church? How does the spiritual / religious element translate in the architecture?
A church is a sanctuary space, balancing the sacred and symbolic, and all aspects of the design must serve those principles, creating an expression of the Catholic liturgy. For example, the placement of windows to let in the eastern light of the rising sun, the placement of the “Stations of the Cross” to create a procession, the creation of a narrative through a particular flow – these are all examples of how the religious elements of a worship space translate into architecture. Drawing on sources of traditional Catholic symbolism creates an exciting opportunity in contemporary design.
What does the new church offer the parish?
The new St. Monica’s Roman Catholic Church will offer a welcoming sanctuary of warmth, abundant natural light, and great beauty. The intimate worship space will embrace parishioners in curving pews, wrapping around the altar. The parish hall will be a unique and fully accessible sunlit room with views downtown, across the open playing field of North Toronto Collegiate Institute.
How does the new plan contribute to a stronger community?
The church is not just being maintained, but reestablished as a beacon of modern faith and inclusion on Broadway. In its new configuration it will be set back from the sidewalk to create a welcoming plaza connecting to the community, a gesture of city building that aligns with the city’s recommendation for midtown streets. The three-storey scale of the church will define the streetscape and replace surface parking with more welcoming outdoor community space. The higher residential tower will be set back beyond the church, along the western edge of the property. The site as a whole will welcome residents, worshipers, and guests and invite them to mingle, creating new social networks and a stronger sense of wellbeing and home.
How can design affect the way people experience everyday life?
KPMB designs prioritize the human experience through the creation of vibrant communities, sustainable cities, and inspiring spaces. These meaningful spaces are the result of a thoughtful narrative about the experience of the space and where people want to be. Places that are warm, welcoming, and inclusive create opportunities to enrich everyday life. At 44 Broadway everyone who passes by the site, whether they’re a resident, parishioner, or visitor, will experience how the church’s presence enriches the daily composition of this midtown block. Livable cities are built on the diversity of their institutions as urban experiences for people, and that’s exactly what we’re creating here.
The MaRS Discovery District, innovation in the neighbourhoodJanuary 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 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
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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...
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...
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.
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