This seven-storey apartment building in Toronto fits comfortably with the scale and immediate context of low-rise commercial and predominantly single-family residential properties. The intensification to the area resulting from the addition of multi-unit housing developments such as Oben Flats provides greater housing choice in an existing mixed-use community while increasing employment and retail opportunities.
Located on Eglinton Avenue West near Caledonia Road northwest of the downtown core, the project comprises 141 rental apartments varying in size from 550 to 1,200 square feet. Retail space at grade level activates the streetscape, providing services and opportunities for neighbourhood residents. Surface parking accommodates some vehicles, while two levels of underground parking house the majority of tenants’ automobiles. An artfully landscaped plaza in front of the building forms a welcoming green public space while establishing a dialogue and connection to the future GO Train station across Croham Road, and to the small parkette across Eglinton Avenue.
All suites are accessed off a double-loaded corridor, facing either north to a residentially scaled neighbourhood or south onto Eglinton Avenue, taking advantage of direct sunlight and views towards the city centre. To minimize the appearance of the building’s height and massing, the upper levels are set back, creating generously sized outdoor terraces in the process.
As with all of the Oben developments, a focused attention to quality and detail is present in the public spaces and lobbies of their residential buildings. Striving to create an ambiance of an exclusive European boutique hotel, the lobby is large, welcoming, and features luxe materials and high-end furnishings.
Location: Toronto, ON
Size: 111,300 sf