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Tridel’s Aquabella in running for People’s Choice Award for best new development

Award-winning Toronto condominium builder Tridel says that its Aquabella condos, now in preconstruction at the new Bayside community on the eastern waterfront, was designed to put people first. Now the people have the chance to put Aquabella first. The striking waterfront building, designed by the architectural firm 3XN of Denmark, is shortlisted for the BILD People’s Choice Awards, to be announced at the end of April.

In its description of Aquabella, Tridel calls it a “resort destination in the city,” and “luxury by the lake.” Those lucky enough to live at Aquabella will be immersed in city and sky, where “mornings are more magnificent, evenings more romantic, the everyday more like a vacation.” It all sounds very appealing, but there is much more than that about Aquabella that will appeal to those who eventually live there, and to those who just wish they did.

The view from a terrace at Aquabella (rendering).

It’s not for nothing that the building is nominated for an architecture award—this is no boxy tower just like scores of others. Its distinctive L-shaped, stepped design, with large garden terraces cascading down toward the water of Lake Ontario, gives it a unique silhouette on the Toronto skyline. Residents will have unparalleled views of the lake, as well as access to the first-class amenities that Tridel is famous for.

Distinctive silhouette of Aquabella from Tridel, designed by 3XN architects of Denmark.

And while many new condo buyers love the fact that they are the first owners of their new homes, in this case owners will be the first occupants of an entirely new master-planned, mixed-use neighbourhood, Bayside. The community will be a showcase of urban planning, Tridel promises, with schools, shops, cafés, and parks, all built around the needs of people and the natural environment. Its location, just east of downtown Toronto, makes this the best of both worlds, a quiet, beautiful retreat away from the city’s bustle, but only a short distance away.

And there is substance to support the charm. Aquabella is pursuing LEED Platinum status, a very high level of building sustainability that will make it one of the greenest buildings in the world. Some of the LEED-qualifying features include low-flow plumbing fixtures to reduce water consumption by over 50 per cent, storm water cisterns that will capture rainwater for the building’s plants, Energy Star appliances, energy recovery ventilators that can save up to 60 per cent on energy, and electric charging stations for those with electric cars.

Amenities like this roof-deck pool will make life at Aquabella even more resort-like.

Take a closer look at Aquabella at the Tridel website, then go over to BILD and vote for your choice in the People’s Choice Awards.

The other shortlisted projects are

  • Arc Condominiums, Daniels Erin Mills, the Daniels Corporation
  • Vanguard Condos, Devron Developments
  • Daniels Waterfront: City of the Arts: the Daniels Corporation
  • Friday Harbour, the Pemberton Group
  • The Elements of Thornhill Woods, Summerhill Homes
  • Downsview Park, the Goldman Group
  • Triumph, Highmark Homes Inc.

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