One Delisle

Studio Gang as Architects

Slate Asset Management brings world-class architect to Toronto

Slate Asset Management introduced Studio Gang’s design for a new block plan and mixed-used tower at the southwest corner of Yonge and Delisle in Toronto during a community consultation session last night at 55 St. Clair Avenue West. Jeanne Gang, Founding Principal of Studio Gang, presented the vision to local stakeholders, including members of the Deer Park Residents Group, Yonge & St. Clair BIA and the broader community.


Conceived as a new model for sustainable urban growth, One Delisle will bring broad-based urban improvements to the Yonge and St. Clair community through the infusion of new residential and retail uses. Located at an important transit node in midtown Toronto, the project aligns with Slate’s long-term vision to re-establish Yonge and St. Clair as a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly neighbourhood with thriving retail, welcoming open spaces and world-class architecture.


"The proposed building at One Delisle is only one component of this project. Because of our holdings in the area, we’re in a unique position to take a holistic city building approach,” says Brandon Donnelly, Vice President of Development at Slate Asset Management.


Slate has been acquiring property in the midtown neighborhood since 2013 and currently holds ten properties, including all four corners at the intersection of Yonge Street and St. Clair Avenue.


“One Delisle introduces a new approach to tower design in Toronto. We’ve brought the kind of outdoor spaces you usually find in mid-rise architecture to high-rise design,” adds Donnelly. “The building’s form was driven by two main considerations: a desire to respond to the local context and a desire to create comfortable and expansive outdoor space that can work in Toronto. Every residence in this building will have a generous terrace or balcony.”


Rooted in the existing architecture of the neighbourhood, One Delisle aligns with the city grid at its base, as well as with storefronts along Yonge Street. The proposed design also retains elements of 1498 Yonge Street, preserving the community’s main street character. The generous setbacks on both Yonge Street and Delisle Avenue allow for wider sidewalks, increased sunlight at street level, and new fine-grained retail—all of which will create a more enjoyable pedestrian experience.


Moving upward from its rectilinear base, the building gently transforms into a compact, sixteen-sided tower that dramatically reduces shadows on the surrounding streets and neighbourhood. This transition also responds to the site’s grade change and the bend along Yonge Street, which makes the location of One Delisle a view terminus and an ideal gateway to the Yonge and St. Clair community from the north and from other neighbourhoods in the city.

 

The tower is designed as a series of eight-storey elements, which nest together as they spiral up the façade. The angled, alternating geometry allows for variously sized floor plates that result in unique conditions within the units, bringing a diversity of residential options to the mixed-use neighbourhood. Tuned to Toronto’s climate, generous planted terraces atop these elements and protected balconies within them extend outdoor living into the shoulder seasons.

 

“The geometry of the façade, and the self-shading it provides, allows each living space to stay cool in summer, while also optimizing winter light,” says Jeanne Gang. “This gentle pitch frames indoor-outdoor connections on the balconies and terraces that spiral up the building in an organization inspired by organic growth and form.”


Based in Chicago, New York, and San Francisco, Studio Gang is widely recognized for architecture that elevates the urban environment while cultivating beneficial connections among people and with their natural and urban environments. This ethos is visible throughout Studio Gang’s diverse portfolio, which includes Aqua Tower in Chicago, Folsom Bay Tower in San Francisco, and 40 Tenth Avenue along the High Line in New York—each of which emphasizes connections between people, the city and nature. One Delisle will be Studio Gang’s first tower in Canada and Slate’s first ground-up development in the area, signalling a unique collaboration that combines global experience and high design with a significant, long-term investment in the Yonge and St. Clair neighbourhood.

 

As part of ongoing efforts at Yonge and St. Clair, Slate has sought out opportunities to improve the public realm in a variety of ways, from commissioning an eight-storey mural by a British street artist in 2016 to introducing the new Gensler-designed ravine bench along Yonge Street last summer. One Delisle presents an opportunity to continue this legacy: in parallel with the project, Slate is revitalizing and expanding the Delisle-St. Clair Parkette, in collaboration with Janet Rosenberg Studio, through the incorporation of existing surface parking in the area.

 

“Community and city input is always a powerful tool in the design and planning process,” says Donnelly. “The proposed design has been influenced by some of the early discussions we had with city staff and the local Councillor, and we’re excited to begin a more public discussion of the project.”


After debuting the design to the community, Slate will be making an official submission to City Planning. “We feel we’ve put forward a design that not only elevates the architecture discussion in this city but also maximizes community and public benefits. Now it’s time to talk about that publicly.”

One Delisle

Slate Asset Management as Developers

Slate Asset Management unveils the exclusive Penthouse Collection of One Delisle

Studio Gang designed penthouse residences include bespoke floorplans, custom interior designs, and a variety of outdoor spaces to connect residents to nature 45 storeys above Toronto

Building on the successful spring launch of One Delisle, Slate Asset Management unveils the exclusive Penthouse Collection designed by world-renowned architect Jeanne Gang and her eponymous firm, Studio Gang. One Delisle is the first and only project in Canada designed by the Chicago-based architecture firm. The launch of eight penthouse residences at One Delisle marks a significant milestone for the country's luxury real estate offering. Set on floors 45 to 47, each distinct penthouse spans one-third or one-half of the 16-sided building, bringing a set of completely unique and unrepeatable living spaces to the North American market.

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Norm Li

Situated in the prestigious and historic midtown Toronto neighbourhood of Yonge and St. Clair, One Delisle embraces the neighbourhood’s connection to city and to nature. The result is an innovative tower design that allows residents to comfortably enjoy the outdoors year-round.

photo_credit Norm Li
Norm Li

“Located at an important node of the city that is surrounded by a lush ravine landscape, the symbiosis between city and nature at Yonge and St. Clair has served as a source of inspiration for Studio Gang since the inception of this landmark project. The Penthouse Collection celebrates this concept and ingenuity by adding terraces, balconies, and/or winter loggias to each residence. Having four distinct types of outdoor spaces per residence is a rare amenity in high-rise condominiums. We are excited to be able to introduce this remarkable offering to the luxury market,” says Brandon Donnelly, Managing Director of Development at Slate Asset Management.

photo_credit Norm Li
Norm Li

Known for finding innovative solutions to urban design challenges, Studio Gang drew inspiration for One Delisle’s distinctive terraces and variety of outdoor spaces from a German beach chair, known as the Strandkorb. Considering Toronto’s four-season weather, the outdoor spaces are protected from the elements by the building’s architecture, providing privacy and wind protection and offering panoramic views of the city.

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Jorg Inc

“For One Delisle’s penthouses, we wanted to connect residents to nature and offer beautiful views of the city,” says Margaret Cavenagh, Design Principal of Interior Architecture at Studio Gang. “To do so, our design reinterprets high-rise architectural elements, such as balconies and roof gardens, into the urban equivalent of a front porch or back yard—social spaces that occur more naturally when living closer to the ground. These terraces and balconies are protected from rain, wind, and snow, creating microclimates that extend the seasons of use beyond summer.” 

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Jorg Inc

Inside, the great rooms of the Penthouse Collection residences boast natural stone fireplaces and the dining rooms include dramatic glass-enclosed wine cabinets. Kitchens act as a focal point to the open floorplans and are centred with a custom, pill-shaped island designed by Studio Gang. Bringing warmth and texture to the space, natural stone countertops and backsplashes are delicately paired with lacquer-finished cabinetry. 

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Jorg Inc

All residents of One Delisle can enjoy hotel-style amenities including an indoor, zero-edge pool with double-height glazing, connecting residents to the expansive ravine-inspired terrace. The wellness offering also includes a comprehensive fitness centre and spa with a dry sauna, Himalayan salt room, and eucalyptus steam room that lead to outdoor private terraces. For social gatherings, a chef’s kitchen and dining room are located beside a wine and cocktail lounge. A kid’s playroom offers a place of sanctuary for younger residents and their families. One Delisle's hotel experience is enhanced with a 24-hour concierge, porte-cochère, keyless suite entry, and a lobby lounge with a fireplace. 

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Jorg Inc

Slate’s full-block redevelopment of One Delisle will introduce approximately 12,000 sq. ft. of new multi-level retail to the corner of Yonge St. and Delisle Ave. and will expand the adjacent Delisle Park by approximately 50 per cent. The transformation of the park is part of Slate’s continued investments in the neighbourhood.

Slate owns 13 properties in the node, including all four corners of the Yonge and St. Clair intersection and has committed $50 million in capital improvements to date. Slate’s strategic investments include improved streetscapes, large-scale murals, and other art installations.

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