Story of A Life Time
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Developer

For over three decades Lifetime Developments has had the foresight to know which land to develop, the vision to select neighbourhoods across the Greater Toronto Area that are poised to thrive, and the residential and commercial expertise to create places where you want to live, work and dream.
From conception to completion, Lifetime continues to set new benchmarks for design innovation, architectural excellence, and customer satisfaction. The company is responsible for some of the city’s most notable residences including Bisha Hotel and Residences, Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Toronto, INDX Condos, The Code Condominiums, Karma Condos, The Bond Condominium, The Yorkville, WaterParkCity, Lumiere Condos, Liberty Market Lofts, Victory Condos, M5V Condominiums, Whitehaus, and now, Panda.

Architect

Q + A
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Russell Fleischer

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Steve Nonis

Founded in 1974, and celebrating over 40 years in business, Turner Fleischer Architects has grown to become one of Canada’s pre-eminent architectural firms. Our success is rooted in an unwavering progressive philosophy to bring the best staff, tools and knowledge to every job. We take pride in the attentiveness given to each project, working with enthusiasm and a sense of challenge. Our tech-driven and responsive ethos is based on our core commitment to our clients, a commitment that is paramount to the success of any job. We are leading experts in designing residential environments, our extensive experience in this sector has left the firm with the specialized knowledge to realize a project from initial concept to construction and beyond.
We see every residential site as an opportunity to enhance our city and better the lives of the future building’s inhabitants. With this base, we work with City planners and established guidelines to design creative and imaginative solutions that stand out, but respect their context, this is particularly true in an urban environment.
Panda is designed to respect the history and context it’s being built in. The building is a mid-century modern design that exemplifies thoughtful proportion, highly articulated form, and meticulous detailing. The white grid of the western façade and the ebony-striped sections of the eastern façade are separated by vertical reveals designed to accentuate the relationship between light and shadow, and lend a sense of sculpture to the building. The building will form a welcome addition to the urban fabric of the area.
In the heart of Canada’s largest city, Panda’s location represents the definition of urban living. Considerations were given to the eclectic nature of the neighbourhood, which features everything from low-rise retail lining Yonge Street, to mid-rise and high-rise buildings along Edward Street.
The final design of the building takes its cues from those neighbouring structures, with a strong podium that transitions between the tower to the smaller-scale buildings. Capitalizing on the cityscape that surrounds the site, Panda also integrated the pedestrian lane to the west with an open-air public square and ground level glass walls that create an animated visual interaction between the café and the flow of people outside.

Interior Designers

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Anna Simone & Elaine Cecconi

For more than 35 years, Toronto-based Cecconi Simone Inc. has been reaching beyond local borders to revolutionize the world of interior design in places like the United States, Anguilla, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, India, China, and of course here, in Canada. Led by principals Elaine Cecconi and Anna Simone, the firm has created some of the most beautiful and successful interior environments for retail, residential, corporate, and hotel-hospitality. Thanks to their constant pursuit of excellence and intelligent design, Cecconi Simone is widely recognized as the arbiters or modern style, an industry leader, leaving a wake of beautiful spaces around the world.

In three words? Social. Timeless. Fashionable. We’ve put a lot of thought into designing collective spaces where people can gather and feel a sense of community. The textures and palettes we’re using will look current now, and twenty years from now, allowing the building to evolve, adapt, and stay fresh. People with an eye for quality and good design will love what they find at Panda.
We’ve created spaces that have a duality, a yin and a yang. For instance, the outdoor sports court is a great place to have fun as well as stay active and healthy, whether you’re playing tennis or a game of basketball. Taking the time to consider all the potential ways a space might be used lets us maximize utility and ensure that every amenity will become part of the fabric of daily life at Panda.
We don’t think it’s one thing or one space. I’m excited to see how residents react to design that subtly challenges the norm and delivers more than they expect. We live in a world where we use social media and user experience design to connect and share; at Panda, we’re applying those same principles to interiors, creating environments that are engaging and compelling and that become the backdrop for a new story every day.
We want them to feel like they’re in a unique environment that feels familiar and intuitive, but memorable at the same time; an experience to be remembered for years to come.
We haven’t been asked that before – it’s a woodpecker.
Woodpeckers, like humans, have the power of rhythm in their blood. They can shake up the awareness of others and have the ability to grab people’s attention with the simplest of words. Both understand the power of speech and use it sparingly and precisely to get their point across.
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