With $5.3 billion in capital investment and 19km of rapid transit intersecting Toronto’s main subway artery, Yonge and Eglinton is emerging as one of the most connected and important mobility hubs in the country. It is in this context, with one of the largest transit project in Canada as a backdrop, that Reserve Properties and Westdale Properties announce their much anticipated joint venture, Line 5.
“The impact the new LRT will have on Yonge and Eglinton is hard for people to conceptualize,” says Shane Fenton, Chief Operating Officer, Reserve Properties. “It’s not hyperbole to say this is going to drastically change Toronto. With rapid transit in every direction, Yonge and Eglinton will emerge as the new centre of the city. As developers we have an opportunity and a responsibility to contribute to this transformation and help realize its full potential.”
“Westdale Properties is a long-time believer in Yonge and Eglinton. We were one of the first to invest in the neighborhood when we began our 88 On Broadway project in 2005,” says Mitchell Cohen, Chief Operating Officer, Westdale Properties. “By partnering with Reserve on Line 5, we’re returning to the community and continuing to push it forward. Communities are defined by the people who inhabit them and Yonge and Eglinton is bursting with energy. We want to harness that energy and generate something truly innovative.”
Designed by IBI and U31 to fulfill a simple but elusive goal; condos should respond to how we live now. “Line 5 advances what it truly means to be an urbanist,” says Architect Mansoor Kazerouni, Global Director Buildings at IBI Group and lead consultant on the Crosstown LRT. “The building plays with the existing streetscape, responding to the pedestrian context in a unique way that builds on local character but adds a new contemporary living structure.”
Clad with high-contrast metal, mesh, and natural materials, Line 5’s two 36- and 33-storey towers and 8-storey podium aim to add a new and unexpected contrast to the existing condos at Yonge and Eglinton. Oscillating patterns, layers, and textures contribute to a fresh and refined architectural vernacular for the neighborhood.
That ambition is carried into the interiors by U31. Mirroring the experience of a grand living room, the oversized lobby with ambient drama is reminiscent of a boutique hotel. Inviting furniture supports work or meetings with friends and colleagues, and a café tuck shop that runs during peak hours.
“Throughout Line 5’s amenities and common areas, we layered a sophisticated and dynamic mix of materials to create eclectic experiences,” says Kelly Cray, Principal at U31. “Line 5’s design is unexpected, with playful architectural undertones that bring an aesthetic that anticipates our future.”