On the map: New King West condo project takes shape around Raptors star

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What does Toronto Raptors power forward Scottie Barnes have in common with Pharrell Williams and Simu Liu? As well as being superstars in their respective professions — basketball, music and acting — all three are now collaborating with condo developers on Toronto high-rise projects.

Following Williams’s 2019 partnership with Reserve Properties and Westdale Properties on the two-tower Untitled project, and Liu’s 2022 association with Reserve and Capital Developments on the 69-storey 8 Elm tower, the August announcement of Barnes as a collaborator on Reside on Richmond “is all about understanding how we can help our prototypical resident make the most of living in this incredible neighbourhood,” says Adam Sheffer, a partner with co-developer Originate Developments.

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Originate and Harlo Capital worked with Barnes to determine the types of amenities being included in the 19-storey building, as well as the features and finishes of the 216 units, Sheffer explains. “As a successful pro athlete, Barnes embodies the same kind of vibrant and active lifestyle that our residents favour. We asked a lot of people a lot of questions to get as much information as possible about what Reside on Richmond should offer.”

Among the amenities occupying three floors of the building’s mixed-use podium is a Barnes-designed sports simulator room where residents can play and exercise.

In the stylish lobby, a plush lounge area gives way to a reception desk and mail space with another lounge attached. Above grade, a co-working space includes private meeting rooms, while a gym and yoga studio complement the simulator room. There’s also a party room with a fireplace, dining area and kitchen, as well as a games room with high-top seating and table and arcade games. On the rooftop, the team at Kirkor Architects has replaced what is typically a mechanical unit with eye-catching cabanas surrounded by steel planters.

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Raptors forward Scottie Barnes helped designed the building’s sports simulator space, where residents can play and exercise. Photo by Photo courtesy of Originate Developments and Harlo Capital

Publicly accessible retail space, meanwhile, is slated to occupy nearly 6,500 square feet along Bathurst Street. This includes the integrated and repurposed heritage building on the southwest corner of Bathurst and Richmond, which will house a restaurant-cum-grocery store that embraces downtown Toronto’s “15-minute-city lifestyle,” Sheffer says. “If you live in the building there’s a 4,000-square-foot entertaining space where you can have friends over and prepare all the dishes offered in the restaurant using ingredients sourced from the grocery component. We’re taking some of the day-to-day essentials that are within a 15-minute walk and moving them in-house.”

That proximity applies to the dedicated bike lanes along Richmond and Adelaide Streets and as of 2031, give or take, will include the Ontario Line’s King-Bathurst transit station.

The two-storey heritage building is also a key design element for the rest of the building. Its brick exterior, for instance, is echoed by the podium’s cladding, while its relatively diminutive scale complements podium heights that vary from six storeys along buzzing Bathurst to a single level facing the low-rise homes to the west.

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“Our aim was to create a building that respects the language of Richmond, allowing residents to reside in a space that depicts home and comfort and at the same time connects with the experiences that King and Queen have to offer,” says Kirkor principal Roman Pevcevicius. “We carefully developed the massing of the project to embrace the trichotomy of (King, Queen and RIchmond).”

Amenities include a 4,000-square-foot entertaining space. Photo by Photo courtesy of Originate Developments and Harlo Capital

Ranging in size from studios to three-bedrooms, the 216 units include nine-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, quartz countertops and backsplashes, stainless-steel appliances, and frameless glass shower doors. “I have no problem saying that our units favour function and usability over luxury,” Sheffer says. “Instead of fancy custom cabinets, for example, some units include moveable kitchen islands. Instead of drop ceilings, which are really just there for show, we maximize ceiling heights by putting pot lights in concrete.”

Barnes is slated to live in the building he helped design, after all, so a few extra inches of ceiling height could make all the difference.

Units start in the $600,000s. For more information, visit resideonrichmond.com.

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Originally posted 2023-10-18 17:55:11.