What people first notice when they see the Sherbourne & Selby rendering is probably the colour. In fact the colour is still up in the air. The architect still needs to finalize the cladding material and the ultimate colour. He felt strongly about distinguishing this building from the ones around it. The cladding material will be different from what you typically find, which is glass, metal or concrete precast. The material itself will be unique, as well as the colour.
There are all kinds of new products being used all over the world, like various options in ceramic and clay. We're exploring the possibilities right now. In most high rise condos the colour comes from the glass, whether it be green, blue or grey. We're going to shift the focus to the cladding, which is usually just an accent. Colour is a huge part of this design.
This project is not about blending in. We're always in pursuit of design excellence and I think we started something when we announced the design competition for Absolute. Since then we've seen some great designs in this city. We hope that others will follow.
First and foremost, we're creating an aesthetic we hope everyone will like. Plus, I really believe that a great design adds value. Not only in terms of resale value, but there's value for the people who live there.
Another important part of the project is the restoration of the Gooderham Mansion. We'll be returning it to its original state and incorporating the mansion into the overall design. We're looking into housing some of the amenities there, as well as ground level retail. The house will be moved closer to the street and will remain a strong presence on Sherbourne.
We're spending a lot of time to make sure it will be incorporated into the design and not just an addition. When we're done there will be real synergy between the two contrasting elements, both of which fit in in the neighbourhood.
Despite being right in the middle of the city, this is still a residential neighbourhood. There are a lot of commercial buildings and offices but the area has a warmer feel to it and wouldn't be described as a concrete jungle. We wanted to create something distinct and we knew the architecture had to be exciting which is why we hired Tom Kirwin of bKL Architecture in Chicago. It's an amazing location and we wanted an amazing design.
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We just got some new renderings.