The Well is Toronto’s Summer Blockbuster (In Condo Form)
This mixed-used community is the largest of its kind in the city – so big it includes a cat-themed park
Front St & Spadina Ave
Quick take: Located at Front and Spadina on the site of The Globe and Mail’s former headquarters, this 3.1-hectare mixed-used planned community is the largest urban development in the city. Look for a seamless union of retail, office, park and condos across seven new buildings.
From the street: The heritage buildings on King Street West spurred lead architecture firms Hariri Pontarini Architects and Adamson Associates Architects to include such materials and human-scale details as arches, sheltering glass canopies, red brick, wood and concrete at grade. Credit goes to architectsAlliance and Wallman Architects for the six mid- to high-rise condos in contrasting materials like shimmering glass – totalling 1,800 units – that are set to emerge from the BDP-designed retail podiums.
Moving in: Details about The Well’s interiors are still hush-hush, but residents can look forward to a pedestrian-friendly design with atrium shopping, lunch spots and green space radiating from the future Wellington Plaza, the heart of the site. Landscape architects Claude Cormier + Associés are tasked with transforming an unsightly parking lot into a grand, double tree-lined promenade reminiscent of the site’s mid-19th-century inspiration. A new cat-themed park is utterly of the moment. thewelltoronto.com