Introducing a contemporary amalgam of clean lines and neutral palettes to 500 Wilson Avenue, Nørdic Condos is conveniently located in a mature neighbourhood serviced by a number of key transportation routes. The property sits next to Wilson subway station, Allen Road and Highway 401, with valued community amenities like Yorkdale Shopping Centre, Downsview Park, and York University in close proximity. Recent and upcoming transit expansions, including the completed Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension and the future Finch West LRT and Eglinton Crosstown, will provide key links to the rest of Toronto and beyond.
The arresting architecture of Nørdic Condos employs a crisp white facade emphasized by spacious balconies, terraces, and double-glazed windows, accentuating the building’s ingrained connection to the outdoors. On the north side of the structure, a stepped design has been implemented to create a cascading series of outdoor spaces where residents can enjoy the sights and sounds of nature while interacting with their neighbours. An extension of the home, three communal courtyards offer additional spaces to socialize and enjoy the outdoors.
Nørdic Condos thinks globally and acts locally by including a geothermal heating and cooling system to reduce the building’s carbon footprint, lower greenhouse gas emissions, reduce annual energy costs, and save over five million litres of water every year.
An expansive amenities package has been carefully crafted to meet the wants and needs of residents, with a state-of-the-art fitness centre, calisthenics courtyard, outdoor pet relief area and indoor washing zone, outdoor kids play area, and landscaped outdoor lounges and barbecue zones all included in the full-service program.
Nørdic also understands the importance of housing inclusivity and accessibility. A number of the 437 condominiums have been allocated to Collecdev H.O.M.E., an affordability initiative that provides payment- and interest-free down payment assistance loans to first-time homebuyers. Fulfilling the pressing need for affordable housing while addressing long-term plans for growth in the region, Nørdic Condos increases both the volume and type of housing in the neighbourhood, contributing towards the proliferation of a complete community driven by a people-oriented approach.
Sustainability essentially aims for ecological balance.
Nørdic residents are always connected – connected to the city, connected to transit, connected to everything, 24 hours a day. Discover Wilson Heights immediately outside your front door, a vibrant community inspired by European cities where architectural diversity, urban gathering spaces, and pedestrian-centric infrastructure combine to encourage interaction with neighbours and friends.
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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...
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.
This is The Year of Public ArtJune 22, 2021 READ MORE
Collecdev Collaborates with Renowned Claude Watson Secondary Arts Program-Earl Haig for an Art Initiative
Earlier this month Collecdev launched a contest to give aspiring young artists at Claude Watson Secondary Arts Program-Earl Haig campus the opportunity to have their art featured in association with Nørdic Condos–the award-winning condominium community in Wilson Heights. The winning submissions will appear on Nørdic’s construction hoarding. Collecdev is currently in talks with the CWSA-Earl Haig campus for a follow-up initiative that would see the students’ artwork featured as part of the Nørdic condo amenity space wall décor as well.
The CWSAP-EH students who participated in this initiative.
Jeannette Oh, a grade 12 visual arts major who submitted a striking polygon interpretation of two penguins, was encouraged by the invitation from Collecdev. “As a current artist and aspiring illustrator, I will undoubtedly come across scenarios where I will work with a client. This collaboration has allowed me to warm up to the concept of working commercially. It’s an opportunity of outreach, which is especially important during a time of isolation.”
Students’ submissions will be posted on Collecdev’s Instagram page starting Tuesday June 22nd – Saturday, June 26th
For the next 5 days, we’ll be featuring a different theme per day, inspired by all things Nørdic, plus a bonus theme.
- Day 1: Polygon Animals
- Day 2: Falu Red Scandinavian Homes
- Day 3: Oslo Art Sculptures
- Day 4: Northern Lights
- Day 5: Bonus Theme: Wings
Click here to vote.
Here’s How You Can Vote:
- Visit @Collecdev on Instagram. The artwork will be featured on @Collecdev’s Instagram page and on our Instagram stories.
- Check out the carousel of images and our stories, daily between Tuesday June 22nd – Saturday, June 26th.
- Simply comment on our Instagram page or on our Instagram stories and tell us which art submission has your vote (by indicating the unique #).
- You can vote on each theme, over the next 5 days!
Be sure to check out our Instagram page on Tuesday, June 29th to find out who the lucky winners are!
Each student who participated in this contest will receive a $100 gift card to a local art store.
Winner will be announced: Tuesday, June 29th!
One Grand Prize winner will receive a $500 gift card to a local art store.
Plus the Claude Watson Secondary Arts Programs – Earl Haig will receive a $1500 scholarship at the end of the school year, as a thank you on behalf of Collecdev.
This was a wonderful opportunity for our senior students to engage in their community as well as commercial art making. We place an emphasis on the applied arts as a part of our senior Claude Watson curriculum and working on this project really afforded us the application of key concepts discussed throughout the year.” Nazy Sakhavarz, Program Director, CWSAP-Earl Haig
“We really enjoyed this experience and we look forward to commissioning works from CWSAP-Earl Haig alumni for future Collecdev communities.” Natascha Pieper, VP of Sales and Marketing.
The winning art pieces will be installed on the construction signage, located at 500 Wilson Avenue at Faywood Boulevard early this summer. Engaging and inspiring, they are a harbinger of the Nørdic lifestyle soon to come.
Collecdev is always looking for creative ways to celebrate art and community, in an age of digital social interaction.
This creative initiative champions young, talented artists, while aligning with Collecdev’s corporate pillar of social sustainability—ultimately leading to a stronger community.
We’ve thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with Claude Watson Secondary Arts Program-Earl Haig campus on this fun contest and we look forward to bringing an amazing new installation to the Wilson Heights community.
Collecdev Purchasers Can Personalize Suites by Selecting Finishes and Upgrades Online!April 28, 2021 READ MORE
These days many of us spend hours on social media, pinning, liking, sharing and saving post after post of Instagram-worthy interiors featuring, neutral palettes, active stone countertops, attractive blonde flooring and a variety of beautiful millwork kitchen cabinetry options. For residents at Nørdic, all that double-tapping is about to come to life. Later this Spring, décor selections will begin, and the savvy purchasers who have chosen Nørdic Condos as their new home will get the chance to design their dream space in just a few clicks.
Selecting finishes has always been one of the most exciting parts of the home buying process, but in the past, it’s generally involved an in-person trek to a design studio where you were tasked with choosing the entire palette for your new home in just a few hours. Always at the forefront of innovation and human-centred design, Collecdev asked, is there a better way to engineer this experience? We found the answer in The Interactive Abode.
The Interactive Abode is a Toronto-based, Canadian-built, online design tool. From its roots as a simple mix-and-match system, to the robust, intuitive, and fully operational online studio it is today, TIA has emerged as the top design software in North America. Here’s how it works:
- Nørdic residents receive an email, inviting them to begin their décor selections online.
- They log in to their account from a Mac/PC or tablet, anywhere with an internet connection, and virtually decorate their unit, mixing and matching flooring, cabinets, and countertops until they’ve got the perfect look.
- Once selections are complete, they can save their designs, and virtually sign on the dotted line, OR they can book an in-person appointment at the Nørdic Décor Studio to check out their selections in real life.
“It’s the best of all worlds,” says Natascha Pieper, Collecdev’s VP of Sales and Marketing. “Every purchaser is unique, and TIA’s software, not only helps them create a home that reflects their particular lifestyle and personality, but it also offers a more convenient way to access décor selections. Our homeowners can design their suites on their own schedule, whenever and wherever is most convenient for them.”
In addition to the realistic images rendered via The Interactive Abode, Nørdic purchasers can see their vision brought to life in the spectacular Nørdic Décor Studio where they can view samples of colours and materials, as well as stunning kitchen and bathroom vignettes. Like the rest of the community, the finishes at Nørdic are Scandinavian-inspired, an expert mix of minimalist colour palettes and organic textures that create a refined, relaxed vibe. The captivating array of options have been meticulously curated by the team at Esqape Design to promote a sense of lightness and wellbeing. It’s Pinterest-inspiration brought to life, and an entirely new way to put the finishing touches on a new home.
TRETTI and Nørdic Top Picks for NAHB Community of the YearMarch 2, 2021 READ MORE
The presentation may be live streamed instead of in real life, we may be gathering from across the continent instead of in a ballroom, and there may be less...
The presentation may be live streamed instead of in real life, we may be gathering from across the continent instead of in a ballroom, and there may be less champagne, but when the Nationals go live with a virtual ceremony this Friday, March 5th, we’ll still be pulling out all the stops. That’s because both TRETTI and Nørdic are top contenders for the prestigious Pinnacle Award for Multifamily Community of the Year.
The Scandinavian-inspired communities captured the judges’ attention with their combination of contemporary architecture, thoughtfully-designed light-filled interiors, expertly-programmed amenities, and strong connection to the outdoors. Add in their prime, transit-connected location in the heart of Wilson Heights, and it’s easy to see why TRETTI and Nørdic are front runners for one of the Nationals most prominent awards.
For nearly 40 years, the Nationals have celebrated North America’s best new-home sales and marketing, identifying the industry’s most exceptional communities across Canada and the U.S. “To be recognized by the NAHB’s largest and most prestigious awards competition is truly an honour,” says Collecdev VP Sales and Marketing, Natascha Pieper, “it’s a testament that our commitment to building complete communities is setting new benchmarks for the industry. When we set out to design TRETTI and Nørdic, we envisioned thriving environments that encourage connection, not only among neighbours, family, and friends, but a connection to nature, because we know that these elements – well-designed environments, a sense of belonging, time spent outdoors – are essential to the wellbeing of a community and its residents.”
Throughout these challenging times we remain committed to moving forward, creating inviting, inspiring, more accessible communities for people to call home. With TRETTI and Nørdic among the distinguished group of nominees for Multifamily Community of the Year, it’s clear we’re headed in the right direction.
The 39th annual Nationals will take place with a virtual awards ceremony on March 5th.
Join us for the Virtual Awards Presentation by registering here
Excavation Begins for Collecdev’s Nørdic CondosFebruary 23, 2021 READ MORE
The early stages of construction are moving along at an impressive pace at the site of Collecdev's newest contribution to the emerging pocket of density...
The early stages of construction are moving along at an impressive pace at the site of Collecdev’s newest contribution to the emerging pocket of density surrounding Wilson subway station in Toronto. The wheels have been in motion for the Nordic Condos project since this past summer, when demolition began to prep the site of the complex’s first phase, a 12-storey building designed by gh3. Roughly six months later, a large pit is forming as excavation advances for the project.
Demolition work continued into January, when the first heavy equipment arrived to begin actual construction activity. Drilling rigs were the first equipment to arrive, starting work on the site’s shoring system that prepped the site for the now-ongoing excavation. Moving from east to west, crews are digging to a depth of 9.9 metres to create space for the building’s foundations and underground garage. Pile and lagging shoring walls have been built around most edges of the pit, but the more water-resistant concrete caisson wall system is being used where groundwater has been found.
As the dig catches up at the site’s west end, additional heavy equipment has appeared within the pit, a continuation of the installation process for the site’s geothermal energy system. During the early demolition stages, geothermal wells were drilled around the previous buildings’ perimeters. With the former building footprints clear, geothermal drilling is now being done towards the site interior. Geothermal heating and cooling are expected to reduce Nordic’s carbon emissions by 70% and provide residents with predictable utility costs.
Excavation will be followed by the installation of cranes. Pending permits, the building is expected to begin its rise above street level later this year. Upon completion, Nordic will rise to a height of just over 41 metres, bringing 429 condominium and rental replacement units to the site.