Something different has happened, however, on the south-east corner, where the two-tower, mixed-use scheme called the Hullmark Centre is nearing completion. It’s not haute couture. It’s not flamboyant, ingenious, or show-offish. Rather, the project is sound architectural tailoring – a trim, bold, dignified instance of commercial Modernism – and it brings welcome respect to its particular location in the city.
Designed by Carlos Antunes and Clifford Korman, partners in Toronto’s Kirkor Architects and Planners, for Hullmark Developments and the Tridel real-estate concern, the Hullmark Centre is a small town stacked into the sky. The complex comprises 683 residential units, 240 commercial suites and 67,000 square feet of retail, including a spacious Whole Foods grocery store. There are 1,061 spaces for cars, and 700 for bicycles. (Showers are provided for bikers.)
Without going out into the weather, a homeowner can muscle up in the gym, have a movie party in the bookable theatre, visit a doctor, dentist, lawyer or accountant, and even get a nose job. Those residents who are employed in the downtown core moght find dressing for Toronto’s awful winter to be unnecessary on work days, since the buildings are connected directly to the subway. On fine days, residents and their friends can lounge or picnic in outdoor gardens that are as attractive and well appointed as any I’ve ever seen in a condo project.