Monde is leading the way for residential development on Toronto's eastern waterfront.
Monde Condominiums (formerly the Parkside development) located north of Queens Quay, just east of Sherbourne Common, is the first private sector development in East Bayfront. Developed by Great Gulf and designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie, Monde will feature a variety of beautifully designed suites; an outdoor pool; generous terraces and balconies; beautiful gardens and vibrant ground floor retail, all steps away from Lake Ontario. The development will also be part of Waterfront Toronto’s ultra-high speed broadband network.
Great Gulf assembled an esteemed and talented design team for the Monde Condominiums project. Led by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie, the team includes: Les Klein and Sheldon Levitt, Quadrangle Architects Limited; Janet Rosenberg, Janet Rosenberg + Associates; and Anna Simone, Cecconi Simone Inc.
Monde, with its “Gardens in the Sky” design philosophy, will be a landmark for the new waterfront neighbourhood of East Bayfront that will set the standard for design excellence and sustainability. It will also be the first residential project by Moshe Safdie in Canada since his landmark Habitat ’67 in Montreal.
The development, comprised of a point tower and podium, will achieve a delicate balance between glass and traditional masonry, punctuated with windows and balconies.
Great Gulf opened its Monde Condominiums sales centre in December 2011 and sales have been steady. The sales centre is designed by the project’s interior design firm Cecconi Simone and features a natural palette of water, stone and wood materials giving interested purchasers a sense of what life will be like on Toronto’s new waterfront.
Monde is expected to result in approximately $200 million private sector investment in East Bayfront.
Monde will encourage downtown living by designing at least five percent of all units to be three or more bedrooms. There will also be a daycare centre on the ground floor with access to Sherbourne Common.
The development, which will feature stunning views of Lake Ontario, will comply with Waterfront Toronto’s Mandatory Green Building Requirements including LEED Gold certification.
The development will include plant-covered roofs that create green space for residential as well as in the building’s dramatic six-storey atrium. In addition, the design team is exploring two different types of balconies - cantilevered and flush - to give each unit a generous amount of light.
Location: south of Lake Shore Boulevard, north of Queens Quay, between Sherbourne Common and Bonnycastle Street
Size: .38 hectares (.94 acres)
Development Potential: 50,000 square metres (540,000 square feet)
Developer: Great Gulf Group of Companies
Development Space: 540,000 square feet total; 240,000 square feet (podium); 300,000 square feet (tower)
Location: 291 Lake Shore Blvd. E.
Parkside Development team behind the project — including Moshe Safdie, the lead architect.
Known for its design-driven philosophy and award-winning projects, the Great Gulf Group of Companies was selected as the developer for Parkside for its ability to deliver Waterfront Toronto’s vision for a vibrant, showcase, green community in East Bayfront.
Parkside development agreements were brought to Toronto City Council in November 2009 on the recommendation of Waterfront Toronto following a competitive Request for Qualifications and Request for Proposals selection process.