Condo : Sunday, July 01, 2012
Model Suite at new Cadillac Fairview/Fram condo gives a taste of life with Flaire
The idea of any model suite is to give potential buyers a clear picture of what their lives could look like, but few do it with as much style as Flaire — even the fluid balcony that is so striking on the building's exterior architecture is part of the model suite. "The balcony is an extension of the living space. It needs a certain dimension, certain depth," says Alessandro Munge of the esteemed Toronto firm Munge Leung, who designed the amenities spaces at Flaire, as well as the gorgeous model suite and Presentation Centre.
"The balcony is furnished with a couple of chairs, a side table, a barbecue, some garden materials to bring purpose to this additional living space. There is nothing better than a great balcony when you're living vertically!" Real people living real lives is at the heart of his design strategy. "When we design the model suite, we're really thinking about what someone's lifestyle will be," Munge says. "In this case, we were thinking of newlyweds, starting a new life together, with the room to accommodate a growing family."
Space — that ability to expand the family or entertain guests — is a notable feature of the suite. In so many contemporary condos, you feel like you have to vault over the bed to get to the closet, but the utilization of space in Flaire's layouts is outstanding. "If you entertain, you need room for a minimum of four, so if you have a space that only fits a loveseat, a chair, maybe a coffee table, it doesn't make any sense. We really wanted to show people that at Flaire, you can have four or even six people here, and have a great conversation, have a glass of wine in the living room, enjoy the great view."
The open layout lends itself perfectly to entertaining, and inspired Munge to create an integrated, complementary space that looks great from anywhere in the suite. "We make the transition between kitchens and living seamless with a continuous floor pattern/material, so there isn't a strong contrast. It's very harmonious. If you walk into a space and say to yourself, 'Oh, that's the kitchen. That's the floor. That's the living room,' it makes it affect the flow of the space."
Kitchen countertops are all granite, a material that's both super-durable and full of character, and complemented here by a tile backsplash. Even the appliances were carefully considered in context with the overall design. The bathroom is a spa-inspired space in which buyers can choose one of Munge's favourite materials — natural stone.
Flaire by Cadillac Fairview and FRAM Building Group is the third of seven condos planned for Shops at Don Mills, a unique, retro-inspired but thoroughly modern residence whose two 11-storey towers are anchored by a four-storey podium. Its undulating balconies have quickly become the building's hallmark, and the chic urban style continues inside, where residents enjoy a beautifully appointed lobby with Concierge and WiFi-connected lounge, as well as a Miami-inspired rooftop terrace. Flaire's got a state-of-the-art fitness centre too.
The Cadillac Fairview Corporation is one of North America's largest investors, owners and managers of commercial real estate, including Toronto's TD Centre and Eaton Centre and Vancouver's Pacific Centre, and a developer of fine residential projects including Maple Leaf Square, Residences at The Ritz Carlton and ICE Condominiums. Its partner on Flaire, FRAM Building Group, is an award-winning company renowned for its creativity in planning, designing and building premier residential and mixed-use communities across Canada and the United States.
Flaire's 296 suites, ranging from 504 to 1,100 square feet (with larger combo suites available) start in the mid-$200,000s.
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