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architectsAlliance design Smart House micro-condominiums in downtown Toronto


October 11, 2013
by Canadian Architect

It’s long been done in New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo and London – now Toronto is in on the global micro-living trend for the first time. Developers Urban Capital and Malibu are collaborators in this initiative towards lean, progressive and hyper-efficient living. The Smart House micro-condos at Queen Street West and University Avenue start at 300 square feet and provide an affordable housing alternative in the heart of downtown.

The 25-storey building is designed by seasoned firm architectsAlliance – specialists in high-rise condominium structures, many of which dot Toronto’s downtown core. The boutique-style lobby is designed by II BY IV Design and surrounded by retail space on the ground and second floors, office space on floors three and four, and 241 residential suites on floors five to 25.

All suites can come fully furnished – residents can bring nothing with them but their clothes and let Smart House feather their nest with components that do dual duty or more. A bed that folds into the wall and becomes a sofa or a desk. Kitchen counter space that expands and retracts. Dining tables built into islands. Niche shelving in what would otherwise be wasted pipe space. Integrated cabinetry and smart appliances. Moveable partitions. Storage integrated throughout the unit. A permanent year-round residence for some, and a pied-à-terre for others. The development provides exceptional convenience and amenities like a fully equipped gym, guest suite, lounge, show kitchen and dining room, and beautifully appointed, ipe-clad exterior terraces with barbeques, dining tables and lounge areas.

Occupancy is anticipated for 2017. Prices start in the mid $200,000s and over half of all Smart House residences are priced under $350,000.

For more information about Toronto micro-living at Smart House, please visit www.smarthousetoronto.com.




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