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Looking Up: Spotlight on Art Shoppe Lofts + Condos

The Art Shoppe Lofts + Condos symbolizes the outstanding power of architecture and design to shape how we experience the world around us. Located at 2131 Yonge Street and built by Freed Developments and Capital Developments, the project will feature a 28-storey tower on the north side of the property, stepping down to a 12-storey mid-rise building of lofts to the south.

artshoppe09In our increasingly intensifying cities, rare is the opportunity to work with a building site that occupies a deep, full city block. Building on the expansive former location of the legendary furniture store that inspired its name, the Art Shoppe Lofts + Condos is poised to create something truly special. This mixed commercial-residential building will not only transform its immediate location, but will serve as a catalyst for future development along Yonge Street.

Let’s talk #LobbiesByKarl. Designer, photographer, publisher. Karl Lagerfeld is a creative virtuoso. One of the world’s most recognizable and respected fashion legends, he has spread his impeccable talents across a wide range of fashion and art-related endeavors. The Art Shoppe is pleased to collaborate with this design luminary, welcoming Karl Lagerfeld’s signature touch to the design of the lobby.

Karl Lagerfeld has been a leading figure in the world of fashion design for more than half a century. In 1954, as a young aspiring designer, he won first prize in a contest organized by the secretariat international de la laine (International Wool Association). The winning coat that he designed would end up being produced by Pierre Balmain, and at age 17 he became the renowned designer’s assistant. This was the beginning of an extraordinary career that has seen Karl Lagerfeld ascend to the upper echelons of the fashion design world.

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The Art of Change + Lobbies By Karl celebration. Photography via Getty Images / George Pimetel.

 

The Art of Change + Lobbies By Karl celebration. Photography via Getty Images / George Pimetel.
The Art of Change + Lobbies By Karl celebration. Photography via Getty Images / George Pimetel.

Today, as more people choose to live in dense urban centres, public outdoor space and a connection to our environment plays an increasingly important role in the design of our urban habitats. Places to escape from the clamour of city life, to seek the relief of fresh air and open space, these amenities are vital to our wellbeing and quality of life.

Renowned urban landscape architects Janet Rosenberg & Studio have designed a lush courtyard framed by a garden wall of boxwood hedges and lined with statuesque trees, offering a tranquil retreat for relaxing or an inspiring setting for yoga. A series of organic-shaped sculptural benches provides a playful perch to lounge. This cloud-like seating, along with other modern touches such as a mirror finish feature wall and polished stainless steel ring tables, offsets the elegant formal geometry of the courtyard plan.

All Art Shoppe renderings via Freed Developments.
All Art Shoppe renderings via Freed Developments.
All Art Shoppe renderings via Freed Developments.
All Art Shoppe renderings via Freed Developments.

Then, there’s the pool. The Art Shoppe will proudly boast the city’s longest infinity pool, set against the backdrop of a breathtaking unobstructed city view. If you’re not in the mood for a dip, you can always lounge fireside in the wintertime in the same space that transforms in the summer into a stunning outdoor terrace by way of a fully retractable glass wall.

From a state-of-the art fitness centre complete with a juice bar, to the lush, green courtyard, a kid’s club that defines a children’s paradise, and private dining and wine-tasting rooms for entertaining and hosting large gatherings, at the Art Shoppe, common spaces are amenities are anything but.

All Art Shoppe renderings via Freed Developments.
All Art Shoppe renderings via Freed Developments.

While careful to respect and preserve the integrity of its surrounding neighbourhood, the project will also bring much needed change, with two floors of retail space at the base of the building that will animate the street life on this part of Yonge. With lifestyle-focused shops and services, restaurants and cafes planned for this destination retail space, the project will bring more pedestrian traffic to the area and strongly connect the building to the neighbourhood. Embrace the new wave – welcome to the art of change.

The Art Shoppe Sales Centre. Photography via The Art Shoppe Lofts + Condos.
The Art Shoppe Sales Centre. Photography via The Art Shoppe Lofts + Condos.