The story of the Junction is an historic tale of railroads, politics, and development.
Throughout the 20th century, the Junction thrived, but held fast to traditional values that saw many craftsmen, steelworkers, manual labourers, and their families, set up shop in the area.
Today, a respect for tradition remains, albeit, interpreted in a fresh new way for the 21st century, the Junction is still a special place where quality and craftmanship are respected. Where a sense of community radiates from every shop, every corner, every smile.
Artists. Entrepreneurs. Design shops. Craft brewers. Small batch bakeries. Purveyors of vintage. Character-filled diners. It is a place where you can stumble upon some of the city's best new restaurants and bars. It is a neighbourhood where diversity, curiosity, and authenticity thrive. And with the introduction of DUKE, the Junction continues to evolve and grow.
DUKE is an engaging 7 storey building, located in the Junction, at Dundas and Keele.
Imagined by TAS, and created by Quadrangle Architects, DUKE is a bold gesture that brings a modern sensibility to the retro neighbourhood, but in a way that both respects and complements the existing streetscape.
The building's articulated façade plays with geometric patterns. Cantilevered living spaces carve out intimate balconies and terraces that meet expansive glazed windows. A double-height retail space on the main floor animates Dundas West with convenient neighbourhood retail.
On the north side, DUKE stands tall, projecting a confident presence on the vibrant street. On the south side, sun-filled terraces gradually step down, creating a softer façade with unobstructed views of the Junction neighbourhood. And up top, terraces wrap around single and two-storey penthouse suites, offering a phenomenal perspective of the city.
The interiors at DUKE are an exercise in quality and craftsmanship. The majority of the 85 units have a distinct layout, recognizing that individuals make different lifestyle choices. In addition, there are 2 exclusive townhomes and 5 two-storey live/work lofts, each one thoughtfully considered to create environments that are spacious, calming, and efficient.
Quality over quantity. Design in every detail. This has led us to source finishes like engineered hardwood flooring, stone countertops, integrated and stainless steel appliances, and grand open concept space, complete with 9 foot ceilings throughout.
As with previous projects, TAS has maintained their commitment to sustainability, designing to LEED standards.
At DUKE, the homes are as individual as the owners. Spaces with an authentic point of view, a sense of curiousity, and a respect for the artistic process.
Favourite spot in the Junction: The intersection of Dundas and Keele. The vibrant atmosphere that emerges from this spot reflects the range of activities that shape communities and bring neighbourhoods together.
TAS believes that great cities are shaped by a strong vision, one that continuously pushes the boundaries of innovation. As city builders, they take pride in their ability to create and contribute to the built environment in such a way that strengthens neighbourhoods, and facilitates community cohesion. By connecting diverse partners and investing in socially innovative enterprises, TAS buildings reflect the modern concept of what it means to live urban. TAS is especially excited to launch DUKE, a labour of love in a neighbourhood that mirrors the team's ethos of quality, community, and design.
Favourite spot in the Junction: The intersection of High Park Avenue at Dundas, where the wide, tree-lined residential boulevard ends with a collection of some of the neighbourhood's best family friendly shops, food, and nightlife hotspots.
Quadrangle Architects Limited is among Canada's most dynamic architectural firms. For almost 30 years, their creative vision has helped shape the realities of the Toronto skyline. Their portfolio illustrates a diversified client list that includes major players in the residential, commercial, retail, content media, and hospitality industries. They approach architecture as an exercise in creative problem solving, and see each project as an opportunity to create a lasting monument to timeless design. With DUKE, Quadrangle hopes to introduce a new façade to the Junction, but one that fits seamlessly within the neighbourhood's current streetscape.
Favourite spot in the Junction: Vine Avenue is our getaway in the Junction. A tree-lined street with buildings that are filled with fascinating stories to tell.
Mason Studio is a Toronto-based interior design studio creating spaces at the junction of art, graphics, objects, and technology. The team is dedicated to crafting immersive environments to challenge the habitual observations of the everyday. Their working model is based on collaborative strength, bringing together the sharpest minds and steadiest hands, to help bring each project vision to life. Partners Ashley Rumsey and Stanley Sun have a great understanding of, and respect for, Canadian design, and they pay tribute to the local creative professionals who contribute their talents to every Mason project. The Studio's location, in the heart of the Junction, makes them uniquely qualified to help introduce DUKE to the market, and ensures that the spirit of the eclectic neighbourhood is preserved in the building's design.
Favourite spot in the Junction: A stroll along Vine Avenue – because it's truly a perfect street. It's a magnificent example of "live, work and play", created entirely organically. On the south side, there's a great mix of family homes with an unexpected splash of modern. And on the north, there are some handsome industrial buildings duly preserved. Then, near its western end is a gentle urban playground and park. Perfect.
Paul Johnston is a leading Toronto agent, at the forefront of new and progressive modern housing in the city. Paul and his team represent developments rich in architectural significance, with expertise ranging from luxury single family homes, to contemporary townhome developments and striking mid-rise buildings. Paul believes that good design is essential to good living, and that the city deserves architecture that is reflective of the times in which we live: bold yet graceful homes, crafted of fine materials, that celebrate the joys of modern living.
Free mass outdoor yoga session at the Junction brought to you by DUKE Condos, in partnership with Best Health, Breathe Yoga Studio and Vitamin Water.
Session includes exciting giveaways and refreshments.
Date: Sunday, September 29
Time: 11 a.m. – noon
Place: DUKE Build Site (2803 Dundas St. West)
TAS and DUKE are pleased to announce the following events and invite the community to join them: