Designed to complement the X project across the street by the same developer, the building achieves a Miesian austerity by virtue of its proportions, rigorous window pattern and muted colour palette. A highly efficient square shaped tower footprint is placed at the far west end of the site in order to optimize views for both X and X2. All balconies are recessed to emphasize the structure’s sleek profile while a freestanding glass screen extends past the rooftop mechanical penthouse. A seven-storey podium continues the tower’s aesthetic at the base while enclosing the entrance lobby, a large retail area, and specialized podium suites. A cantilevered canopy announces the location of the front entrance and leads to a lobby that is designed in the same understated aesthetic as the exterior of the building. On level eight, the enclosed amenity space at the base of the tower will have access to an extensive outdoor amenity terrace that includes an outdoor pool and seating areas surrounded by landscaped screens. The building’s base serves as a visual terminus for southbound traffic on Mt. Pleasant Road as it emerges out of the Rosedale valley and transitions into the north / south flow of Jarvis Street. It also creates a backdrop for the public art by Shayne Dark that will be a companion piece to the provocatively coloured sculpture at the base of X2.
The X2 Condominium achieved a LEED-Certified Rating from the Canada Green Building Council. A 20% reduction target in energy use compared to the ASHRAE 90.1-1999 standard is achieved by a variety of means that include energy star appliances, heat recovery ventilation, reduced lighting power density and high-performance glazing in the building envelope. The reduction of 40% in potable water consumption includes low-flow fixtures throughout and the use of harvested storm-water collected on-site for all irrigation.
Photography by: Richard Seck