Spring at Minto Gardens

Spring at Minto Gardens

Page + Steele IBI Architects
The Minto Group Inc.
Landscape Architect
NAK Design Group
General Contractor
Minto Urban Developments
About the Project

The “Spring at Minto Gardens” project is the second phase of the mixed-use development located in the area of Yonge Street and Sheppard Avenue intersection in the City of Toronto. This phase comprises of a 32 storey mostly glass tower on a 3 storey brick podium housing 342 residential suites and a 3 storey, South facing townhouse structure facing the recently completed Anndale Street. All 16 townhouses have main entrances off the street and the easterly most 11 units feature direct access to the outdoor amenities in the courtyard. The podium is connected to the existing 3 storey lobby and amenity component of phase 1. Amenities include atrium lounge, indoor pool, equipped fitness centre, games room, business centre, party and dining room and 24–hour concierge. Following Phase 1 “Radiance at Minto Gardens” precedent as the first high-rise residential building in Canada to receive LEED certification,”Spring” has achieved the advance rating of LEED Silver, issued by Canada Green Building Council.

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At least this residential corporate architecture is clean, truly timeless and relatively well executed. Far better than the stucco schlock or randomly plopped-into-place projects in other PUG entries.

The problem with the hideous water garden thing is when you leap to your death when you realize what a horrible building you bought into, the water might break your fall just enough to make you survive.

Depression in Gdansk

I rarely hear references to the beautiful city of Gdansk, so they should at least clearly mean something. Though I'll give you this: there's no Neptune's Fountain to be found here. But then again, that's not what one should expect from infill projects all the way out in NYC, except perhaps at the more prominent places like the civic square or right at Yonge and Sheppard. It's a decent complex with interesting landscaping, albeit landscaping that seems to want to make you forget the city rather than embrace it. (That's not good for the city and I prefer Neptune and his trident.)

The towers strangely neither achieve modern sleekness nor classical elegance, but it's hard to find any clear issues with them beyond this ambiguity. The ambiguity doesn't satisfy. It's perhaps expected from a firm that no longer seems to have a vision for architecture and produces very inconsistent design.

doesn't distract from the fact that the buildings are ugly. And the garden ain't all that, either.

Not bad all in all. Like the water feature, lower podium, do not like all those small balconies. They are never attractive.

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