A new district is rising in Toronto’s east end, flanked by LeftBank, the celebrated new residential tower by Broccolini. Coined the “River District” based on the area’s topography and stunning naturalized spaces, LeftBank exemplifies the incredible growth and renewal taking place in this emerging quadrant of the city. As Broccolini’s second project in the district, their signature design and excellence in real estate construction combined with their investment in smart technologies helps define the character and culture of the neighbourhood’s new chapter.
“LeftBank’s location is unmatched – with the Don River and its extensive ravine trail network steps away on the east, and the downtown core so easily accessible to the west. Broccolini is proud to invest in smart, quality city-building in this node of Toronto,” says Anthony Broccolini, COO, Broccolini.
Standing at 34 storeys and located directly above the Don River at River St., LeftBank is intentionally striking, with a bold design and colour palette to elevate the east end’s skyline. Designed by global architecture firm IBI Group, LeftBank’s black-and-white exterior façade features a sail-like mast with a tapered architectural element that intersects with the building. The podium’s angular façade includes a vertical rib and the pixelated gradient pattern on the exterior gives movement to the building.
“LeftBank’s design is deliberately strong and confident through the form, materiality, and colour palette, all of which captures the language of Broccolini developments,” says Mansoor Kazerouni, Global Director of Buildings, IBI Group. “We responded to the location by creating a sail beacon that stands proud in the resilient east end neighbourhood. We can already envision the beautiful skyline shots of LeftBank for decades to come.”
Alongside its sleek design features, LeftBank is also rooted in connection – to the outdoors and to the wider community. The development features a new linear park which extends the green ribbon wrapping the neighbourhood. Located on the south side of the building, the linear park leads to the Don River and the nearby ravine network of walking trails, providing access to Evergreen Brick Works where a beloved farmer’s market is a first stop on Saturday mornings. By introducing retail spaces, River St. will be reimagined and animated with boutique shops nestled among the widened tree-lined sidewalks. Already walkable and serviced by major transit lines, the upcoming East Harbour transit hub will further enhance the connectivity in the River District, offering new cultural, dining, and entertainment options, and will create upwards of 70,000 new jobs.
“The River District is the place to be and now is the time to be there,” says Broccolini. “LeftBank captures this moment in the city.”
Inside LeftBank, the expertise of Patton Design serves as map for the new look and feel of the district. Inspired by mid-century quirky design from Milan and the industrial, raw qualities from neighbourhood’s history, interiors feature sleek metals in contrast with softer muted pink and orange pastels. The lobby is monolithic with high ceilings, bronze and charcoal clad columns, warm lighting, and oversized porcelain tiles, while the reception desk features stone with lavender veining for an unexpected pop of colour. Across from the concierge desk, three built-in banquettes offer individual seating with a “pod-like” effect.
With numerous layouts offered such as studio, one-bedroom, one-bedroom + den, two-bedroom and three-bedroom suites, interiors extend the lobby’s language of design. Kitchens feature colour-blocking using wood tones, topped off with a geometric ceramic backsplash that continues the retro Italian-inspired vibe. Urban bathrooms are consistent with the use of wood tones and include oversized porcelain tiles with a custom vanity wall that creates a sleek impact.
Home by Broccolini rounds out LeftBank’s stylish appearance with an investment into smart technology, offering a series of features to simplify everyday living. Using a suite wall pad or a smartphone app, residents will be able to see their guests arrive, arm their suite, access private amenity spaces, and receive parcel arrival notifications. Home by Broccolini also offers a digital door lock, a leak detector, and upgrade features like lighting and blind control. In addition, the entire building (suites, common and amenity areas) will be outfitted with high-speed internet.
Relevant for today’s changing world, LeftBank’s amenities are expertly planned to give residents what they need now. An exterior south-facing terrace offers gorgeous Waterfront views. The parcel locker room includes a range of locker sizes, from mailbox to closet-sized. A fully equipped fitness studio provides everything needed to start, maintain, or exceed personal health goals. Parents will appreciate a kid’s zone for their children to play. The tool annex enables residents to complete DIY projects or to fine-tune their bicycles, and the yoga studio with juice bar, zen garden, and meditation room will help residents maintain calm regardless of external circumstances. For residents who are working from home, a co-working lounge will encourage efficiency and productivity, and a private theatre, gaming lounge, dining lounge, and speak easy will make entertaining and leisure time hassle free. Taking into consideration the importance of pets in our lives, LeftBank also thoughtfully offers a dog spa to simplify grooming and care.
A leader in the Canadian real estate industry, Broccolini is a single-source provider of development, construction and property management services for industrial, commercial, institutional and residential buildings. With a portfolio that spans 70 years, Broccolini has built more than 30 million square feet of commercial, industrial and residential space in Quebec and Ontario. Its real estate management subsidiary currently manages a portfolio of more than 40 properties, representing a total of over 6 million square feet of assets.