Living like royalty at the Imperial Plaza
Theresa Boyle – Yourhome.ca
The Sky Penthouses at the Imperial Plaza will be Toronto’s version of the majestic homes at the edge of the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles or Central Park in New York City.
That’s how designer Matt Davis describes the five luxury suites launched earlier this month by Camrost-Felcorp.
“It’s as if you are both in the city and above it at the same time,” says Davis of The Design Agency.
The multi-level penthouses will sit on the rooftop of a 21-storey landmark at 111 St. Clair Ave. W., the former headquarters of Imperial Oil. Because the building sits on the crest of a high escarpment, sometimes referred to as the Avenue Rd. Hill, the suites will actually be more than 244 metres (800 feet) above sea level.
To be enclosed by floor-to-ceiling glass walls, they will offer spectacular north and south vistas of the city. The two-and three-storey penthouses will tower above an impressive urban landscape that includes lush residential greenery, midtown skylines, Casa Loma, the ROM, the financial district and the lake.
David Feldman, president of Camrost-Felcorp, has always admired the Imperial Oil building. So when Imperial Oil moved its headquarters to Calgary in 2004, he saw an opportunity he couldn’t pass up.
“There are very few opportunities you have like this to work on a building that is iconic, historical and in such a prime location,” he says.
The building, which was completed in 1957, was originally designed by the firm Mathers and Haldenby as part of a national design competition for Toronto’s new city hall. But when the city changed its mind, opting instead to look outside the county for an architect, Imperial Oil purchased the design for its Toronto head office.
Canada’s largest oil company spared no expense in constructing its headquarters, which stands as a tribute to mid-century modernism. It is clad in limestone, has aluminum and bronzed window casements and a two-storey marble and granite lobby with gold mosaic inlay tiles on its feature walls.
When the building was constructed, its frame was welded together rather than riveted. The quieter welding technique was used in consideration of the wealthy local residents and made for a more solid building designed to last hundreds of years, says Rod Rowbotham, president of Onespace Unlimited, the architecture firm leading the conversion.
At the time, it was the largest, all-welded steel frame structure in the world. Because it was so solid and because it was built at the height of the Cold War, it was also designed for use as an alternative hospital and bomb shelter in case of a nuclear attack.
Rowbotham said the main challenge in designing the conversion was to preserve the building’s history while at the same time making it relevant to today.
It’s heritage is on full display in the lobby where the two-panel mural, “The Story of Oil” by York Wilson has been preserved. Cubist in style, the work is considered a masterpiece of 20th century Canadian art. Each panel is 32-feet long and 21-feet high. One depicts the origins of oil, while the other depicts its uses.
“The conversion of such a significant building into a state-of-the-art condominium residence creates a rare opportunity in Toronto for select residents to call an iconic building ‘home,’ ” says Rowbotham
The largest of the five penthouses will be a 4,800-square-foot corner suite with a 1,750 square-foot wraparound terrace, priced at $8.4 million. The smallest will be 2,980 square feet with a 1,750-square-foot terrace, priced at $5.1 million.
With contemporary elegance as the focal point of design, the four-bedroom, four-bath Sky Penthouse suites will boast his and her dressing rooms, gallery space and multiple fireplaces. They will feature sweeping staircases, ensuite glass elevators, Italian Poliform kitchens and superior integrated Wolf, Sub-Zero and Miele appliances.
Select residents will have the opportunity to dictate their own style, pre-construction, with a designer of their choice.
Penthouse residents will have a private concierge, an express shuttle elevator, valet service and exclusive amenity areas including a private eighth-floor lounge and fitness centre overlooking the city.
They will also have use of the 40,000 square feet of amenity space available to all residents. This will feature music recording/rehearsal studios, golf simulator, gaming room and fitness centre with change rooms, squash courts, yoga and aerobics studios, and a spa-inspired swimming pool and hot tub.
“The grand scale of amenities at Imperial Plaza are similar to the recreational spaces you would find in a Bridal Path home,” Davis says. Other social conveniences include boardrooms, meeting and reception lounges, two screening rooms with stadium style seating, and a beautifully landscaped courtyard by Janet Rosenberg + Associates Landscape Architecture ( www.jrala.ca).
“I’ve travelled to numerous urban centres to identify and be inspired by the best. This knowledge has helped make Imperial Plaza a landmark that’s unique from beginning to end,” Feldman says. “I’ve been developing real estate for 35 years, and all that I’ve done culminates here.”
Contact the Jeffrey Team for more information – 416−388−1960
Laurin & Natalie Jeffrey are Toronto Realtors with Century 21 Regal Realty.
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