Five Hundred Wellington
500 Wellington Street West, Toronto
Developer: Freed Developments
GFA: 61,000 sq.ft.
Completion Date: 2011
Mixed Use Community
Five Hundred is located on historic Wellington Street in downtown Toronto. Wellington Street was once a grand avenue with its hallmark public squares at each end, but industrialization saw much of the area converted to warehouses given it proximity to the nearby railway lands. The area however has recently experienced a development boom with businesses and residential properties reclaiming this once warehouse neighbourhood as it evolves into a model mixed use community.
Narrow infill site
The challenge was to insert a very high quality, exclusive condominium on a narrow, long infill site in a predominately warehouse district. The resulting design created a ten storey building with only seventeen suites on a compact development 19m wide by 65m deep.
Conceived and designed to fill a high-end niche in the downtown King West District, these ultra-luxurious penthouse-sized loft suites provide for half-floor suites and full-floor units, served by separate elevators that enter directly into the suites, each with a cabana terrace.
Simple and elegant materials
A major design directive was to provide substantial outdoor living spaces on terraces and decks, with floor to ceiling glazing where possible. The interior layouts are spacious and uncluttered and emphasize the feeling of a “luxury of space”. Five Hundred Wellington features high-end finishes and kitchens, gas fireplaces, and additional terrace amenities and services. The exterior materials palette was kept simple and elegant, the brick was a charcoal ironspot, the soffits were Ipe, black zinc was used as flashings and metal panel, balcony guardrails were frameless, tempered glass and the exterior glazing was flush, silicon glazed where applicable.
The overall effect is a condo that engages the street with a playful facade on Wellington and that also fits in well with the massing and materials of the warehouse district.
2015 Toronto Urban Design Awards
Award of Excellence Mid-Rise
2014 PUG Awards Best of the Best
2013 Pug Awards Residential
Peoples Choice Awards