As part of the new Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC), a transformation of more than 300 hectares in Vaughan, Canada, Cortel group are launching EXPO City, the first residential development within this largest and most ambitious master planned urban project in the city's history.
For the first time, the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) will extend outside the city of Toronto with the expansion of the Spadina line up to Highway 7 adding six new stops, the last of which will be the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, linking Vaughan residents directly to downtown Toronto.
The planned transformation of Highway 7 into a tree-lined avenue with dedicated VIVA Rapid Transit bus lanes converging at the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre will further enhance transportation across the east-west corridor.
At the core of Vaughan's new master-planned community is EXPO City, a Cortel community comprised of five residential towers that will each have a unique identity but share similar elements.
As a new residential hub for the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), the development aims to be sustainable and pedestrian-friendly, featuring a retail avenue, luxury residences and over 14 acres of naturalised space including a sprawling central park filled with recreational trails, ponds and protected wildlife areas.
As a community that prioritises its residents, the EXPO City master plan includes an urban square, retail galleria, a pedestrian and bike-friendly grand boulevard and a short walk to the TTC's Vaughan Metropolitan subway stop. Taking Canadian weather into account, covered walkways and an underground retail arcade will connect EXPO City residents to their everyday needs.
"This avant-garde project marks the beginning of a new era in our city's history," says Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua. "It will set the standard for future development in the downtown core and will embody the essence of Vaughan's transformation from a suburban municipality to a world-class city."
Promoting an active lifestyle year round, EXPO City also features a 20,000 sq ft amenity space that includes a fitness center equipped with a yoga studio and an indoor pool that opens to a roof top garden.
"I believe this is a phenomenal opportunity to showcase Cortel's ability to build a community which highlights elegance, innovation, sustainability and promotes a quality of life where residents can truly enjoy the Vaughan experience," says Bevilacqua.
As the first project to break ground, EXPO-1 will set the tone for all future developments in the new city centre. Inspired by water, the 37-storey building designed by architect Alan Tregebov of YYZed Project Management evokes the feeling of movement with waves effortlessly ascending the building's façade. "Incorporating vertical motion in the building's design not only gives this first residential tower for EXPO City an organic character but also speaks to the sustainability of the entire project," says Tregebov.
Surrounded by lush greenery and water reservoirs, EXPO City will feature the latest in rainwater management systems. Over an acre of green rooftops will capture the excess water that is then treated and funneled back into the community's natural eco-system.
Working together to reduce the building's carbon footprint, YYZed and the Cortel Group sourced predominantly local construction materials and opted for a post-tension structural system, which allows for a lighter structure that uses less material. Another unique feature of EXPO-1 is the position of the building on an 18 degree angle, to ensure maximum sun exposure in each of the 337 units and unobstructed views for each residential tower. Six penthouses will create a lantern effect on top of the building.
Set for completion in 2014, the first residence of EXPO City offers suites ranging from 527sq ft to 2088sq ft priced from the mid $200,000s to over $1M. Designed with spacious layouts, all suites feature 9ft ceilings and top-of-the-line finishes including ceramic tiling and granite countertops.
Personalised for Vaughan residents, kitchens feature contemporary cabinetry, full-sized integrated appliances and a broad range of design options. Comfortable floor plans offer wide hallways and unexpected walk-in closets.
Two full-sized model suites at the Presentation Centre promote the new urban energy of EXPO City. One bedroom plus den model suite is designed with a contemporary black and white scheme that features a solarium for dining. The two-bedroom model features a more tailored look with tone on tone grey accented with touches of cream.
"We are proud to launch EXPO City in the same tradition as some of the greatest cities in the world by encouraging walkability and opportunities for people to gather and share in civic life," says Dr. Mario Cortellucci, President and CEO of Cortel Group. "We are fortunate to have this rare opportunity to create a sustainable community from a clean slate and help bring the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre to life."