Canadian actor Simu Liu lends his creativity to a new condo development in Toronto.
A collaboration between Reserve Properties, Capital Development and Liu, the 69-story mixed-use tower will be located at 8 Elm Street near Yonge and Dundas.
Dubbed 8 Elm on Yonge, the project is a juxtaposition between the “unique human scale charms” of Elm Street and the “bustling kinetic energy” of downtown Toronto.
It will see three fully restored and preserved heritage facades at ground level, then surmounted by a tower “rich in architectural detail”.
Liu will collaborate with IBI Group architects and interior design firm Cecconi Simone to “blur the lines between residential living and hospitality” and create a luxurious five-star hotel-like space.
“Having lived in the same Bay Street apartment for eight years, I know the importance of designing and optimizing every square foot of living space so residents can feel happy and relaxed in their homes,” Liu said. in a press release.
“I am extremely excited to partner with Reserve Properties and Capital Developments on a landmark project where we will create premium homes and amenities for residents, as well as a brand new community space in a historic location that will benefit all Torontonians. .
8 Elm will be a true mixed project. The Yonge Street frontage will provide multi-level retail space, while the podium level will provide over 5,000 square feet of public community space that will be programmed by the city.
According to the release, the development will also contribute millions of dollars to affordable housing, community initiatives and charitable initiatives in the area.
Indoors, 8 Elm will offer 26,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities, including a viewing deck, fitness center, game room, coworking space, sky club, pet spa, company and a playroom for children.
“Elm Street is a unique SoHo-style thoroughfare with heritage elements right at its heart. There really is no other street like this. We were inspired to deliver a building that was respectful of the rich surrounding context,” said Jordan Dermer, co-founder and co-CEO of Capital Developments.
“At the same time, we want future residents of 8 Elm to enjoy an unparalleled living experience. The goal was to push us and the team to blur the lines between residential living and hospitality, and we are delighted to have Simu’s help in these efforts.
With award-winning interior design firm Cecconi Simone at the helm, 8 Elm’s interiors are inspired by New York’s doorman buildings.
The intimate lobby, accessible via Elm Street, will feature two-story ceilings, a concierge desk framed by a decorative metal screen and custom light fixture, as well as a fireplace and lounge – a resting place where residents can wait. guests or carpooling.
“8 Elm strikes the perfect balance between contemporary and traditional design, through the layering of classic materials, rich textures and a design sensibility that taps into the deep well of inspiration that surrounds the site,” said Shane Fenton, COO of Reserve Properties.
Taking advantage of the wrap-around deck, the fitness center offers indoor-outdoor connectivity, as well as areas for weight training, cardio, yoga, TRX, and workouts.
The space is characterized by light wood paneling on the walls, while a reflective ceiling element acts as a mirror for the activity taking place below.
The upper level is entirely dedicated to amenities, anchored by an expansive terrace that wraps around the west, south and east sides of the tower.
In the northeast corner, you’ll find a coworking space, with meeting rooms, banquettes, a copy and print area, and a pantry.
To the south is the Social Lounge, which offers “the ultimate hotel experience”. Awash in metal, natural stone, and a dark color palette, the space combines a bar and lounge with casual seating and communal tables.
The 56th-floor Sky Club is the “crowning crown” of 8 Elm’s amenity program. The backlit alabaster bar shines amid dark fabric-draped walls, while built-in benches and bar seating provide an intimate setting. The Club’s terrace offers spectacular views of the city.
“There are few neighborhoods in North America that rival the urban livability of Yonge and Dundas, the center of all that Toronto has to offer. At the same time, Elm Street is a singular street in the city, lined with some of Toronto’s most established and beloved restaurants,” says Todd Cowan, co-founder and co-CEO of Capital Developments.
“It’s the best of both worlds and we’re thrilled to be working with Simu Liu on a project that adds interest and uniqueness to this street.”
When completed, 8 Elm will offer suites ranging from studios to three bedrooms. More information about the upcoming project can be found here.