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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10 exciting brands coming to YorkdaleAugust 16, 2022 READ MORE
Italy, Canada, Sweden, Spain, New Zealand, Denmark, France, USA. No, it’s not the roster of attendees for the next G20 summit, rather, it’s the impressive...
Italy, Canada, Sweden, Spain, New Zealand, Denmark, France, USA. No, it’s not the roster of attendees for the next G20 summit, rather, it’s the impressive international background of the latest powerhouse brands announced at Yorkdale. Ten more of the world’s most exciting names in fashion, athletics, beauty and fragrance are opening their doors at Canada’s leading retail destination including Emporio Armani, Ganni, Fendi, Acne Studio, Alo Yoga, Allbirds, Diptyque, and Mejuri.
Yorkdale is no stranger to headline-making retail. In the last two decades, Oxford Properties has invested over $500 million to fund five separate expansions. The internationally-renowned shopping centre boasts the densest clustering of luxury brands in Canada, and, in 2021, added a 25,000 square foot Nike flagship store – the largest Nike store in Canada – as well as Canada’s first Alexander McQueen and Celine boutiques. Many other stores, including Cartier, Bulgari, David Yurman, OVO, Tory Burch, Burberry, and Browns, are also getting a facelift with renovations or relocations to larger spaces in the mall, a great sign for strong continued growth.
With a constantly-expanding footprint, the 18 million annual visitors may need Yorkdale’s interactive site map to navigate the retail labyrinth, but for neighbourhood residents, like those at TRETTI and Nørdic, Yorkdale’s spacious retail halls will start to feel like a second home – the perfect place to pop in and pick up a gift, shop a new look, meet friends for lunch, or simply get in your 10,000 steps, strolling through 2 million square feet, surrounded by the world’s most beloved brands.
Whether you wear stilettos or sneakers, whether your tastes run high street or haute couture, you’ll be awed by the offerings at Yorkdale. Meet the newest additions to the retail neighbourhood.
Italian luxury brand Giorgio Armani is opening its only Canadian location for Emporio Armani later this year in Yorkdale’s expansion wing. Keep your eyes peeled for easy elegance that blurs the lines between the sexes.
The Danish brand that’s built a cult following on social media, brings its quirky and exuberant aesthetic to Canada with an outpost at Yorkdale.
The Italian luxury fashion house will make the move out of Holt Renfrew to a stand-alone space, steeped in the brand’s signature contemporary allure.
Watch for Scandinavian-inspired men’s and women’s ready-to-wear apparel, denim, footwear, and accessories in Acne’s minimal retail space with edgy and colourful stylings.
The Los Angeles-based yoga brand will launch its second-ever international store, in Yorkdale, later this Fall, with a grand opening that will feature private shopping, acro yoga performances, beauty and wellness treatments, and special gifting moments.
There’s even more activewear options with the opening of OFFLINE by Aerie, boasting a well-rounded collection of pieces for working out, getting to and from the studio, and all the places in between.
The first Canadian outpost of this super popular Spanish brand will land in nearly 11,000 square feet near Hudson’s Bay and Harry Rosen.
Allbirds has made its nest at Yorkdale. Shoppers can now find the world’s most comfortable shoes, flats, and clothing made from merino wool and eucalyptus in the Centre of Style.
The new 484-square-foot Diptyque boutique will let visitors explore a Parisian apartment, where tradition meets imagination and fantasy in shelves lined with scented candles, personal fragrance, and unique objects for the home.
The famed Canadian jewelry-brand that does fine jewelry differently, will soon open a second bricks and mortar space in Toronto where shoppers can experience the feel of the design and craftsmanship that’s become synonymous with the brand.
A symbolic ceremony with Bloor Street United Church & CollecdevApril 4, 2022 READ MORE
The relationship between Bloor Street United Church and Collecdev has been built upon mutual respect and a shared vision for a stronger community. This month, that relationship reached another milestone with the ceremonial handover of the church.
Bloor Street United Church has been a cornerstone of the Annex for over 130 years. Now, through a historic collaboration with Collecdev, the site will soon transform into a thriving new community that is socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable, a community that will enrich the neighbourhood and allow BSUC to continue its great work for the next 100+ years.
On March 23rd, members of the BSUC congregation and members of Collecdev met at the Cielo Presentation Centre to mark the next stage of development. The event included an opening prayer, remarks from both groups, a look ahead at construction and a lively meet-and-greet, a particularly convivial momentthat marked the first time many participants had been face-to-face in over two years, due to the global pandemic.
Honouring both the significance of the event and the spirit of our commitment to social sustainability and public art, Collecdev presented the church with a special edition print of the hand-sketched illustration of Cielo by local artist, “Pen to Papier.” Members of the Design Advisory Committee signed the print, leaving a physical symbol of their lasting impact on the project, a symbol that will be on permanent display once the redevelopment is complete.
The culmination of the event was the symbolic handover of the key from BSUC to Collecdev, a gesture signifying how the church has entrusted the site to our team, confident that we will shepherd it into a new era of prosperity and community. 20 smaller commemorative keys were handed out to the BSUC Trustees, Chair of Council, the Redevelopment Steering Committee and the Relocation Task Group, all of whom have played an integral role in the development, stewarding the entire process on behalf of the church.
The afternoonmarked a significant milestone for everyone in attendance, a symbol not only of the years of hard work and dedication that have led up to this point, but of the generations of inclusiveness, belonging and community that Cielo will come to signify when it is complete.
To learn more about Cielo and about Collecdev’s full portfolio of inspiring, engaging communities, register today.
Nørdic Condos wins Best Advertising Campaign at 2021 BILD AwardsNovember 8, 2021 READ MORE
Last month, after a long, pandemic-induced pause, the industry gathered in person once again to celebrate the best and brightest projects of the last twelve months at the 41st annual BILD Awards. Nørdic Condos was a standout success, winning the prestigious Best Advertising Campaign, Paid Media Pinnacle Award, in recognition of the project’s clever strategy to bring the Scandinavian-inspired community to life online and in print.
A combination of old and new media painted a compelling story for the community, highlighting Nørdic’s northern European lifestyle that makes good design and good living accessible to all. Print and digital programs covered Nørdic’s impressive array of features including timeless architecture that acts as the backdrop to suites with multi-functional design; engaging amenities that offer a place to socialize, collaborate, and interact; abundant outdoor spaces that create daily opportunities to interact with nature; incomparable access to transit that keeps residents connected to everywhere they want to go; and sustainable building systems that reduce the carbon footprint and provide predictable costs and long-term value.
“Nørdic is a truly complete community,” says Natascha Pieper, Collecdev’s VP of Sales and Marketing. “Our digital and print advertising campaigns told the story of that community, helping viewers recognize the unique nature of a development that responds to the way people really want to live. It’s a model for the future of the industry and we are extremely proud that it resonated not only with the judges, but with our homeowners.”
Nørdic’s powerful campaign impressed the panel of expert judges from across North America, landing it among the esteemed company of the evening’s winners in marketing, architecture, sales, planning, design, and city building. It’s the latest project to join Collecdev’s portfolio of award-winning communities, communities that push the boundaries of innovation and development to create a positive impact on people, places, and the planet.
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
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.