One Valhalla Towns & Condos
A glorious past meets an exciting future at Edilcan's condominium community in the Etobicoke City Centre. The existing site was a perfect venue for a new multi-structure condominium development where it could offer remarkable value in a convenient location, and ultimately replace one landmark complex with a new one. The Valhalla Inn opened on May 23, 1963. One of the city's first "motor inns," its Scandinavian design became popular, and the Inn was the “in spot" of the era. Many of its furnishings and decoration were designed by George Robb, such as the carved Viking ship bar. Edilcan worked with Heritage Preservation Services to incorporate some of the original Inn's artifacts into the new condominium residences, which will be crafted from brick, stone (some of it reclaimed), glass and aluminum.
One Valhalla offers easy access to Sherway Gardens, Cloverdale Mall and Loblaws, with proximity to Kipling TTC Subway Station and Pearson International Airport. In addition, the Valhalla Express shuttle is on hand to transport residents to the subway, grocery and retail stores in the neighborhood. To the east and north are the quiet, tree lined streets of Islington and Burnhamthorpe, plus schools and parks abound.
The conception of One Valhalla Towns & Condos encompasses three beautiful glass-clad towers rising from a three-storey, one-acre landscaped podium. Designed by the renowned Page + Steele/ Architects, the buildings surround a European-style central courtyard that serves as the community focal point. The building gardens were landscaped by well-respected Schollen & Company Inc. Inspired by the central squares of Europe, this inviting greenspace anchors the community in nature, with low stone walls, raised planters, decorative lighting and a children's playground.
Rounding out the preeminent design team is award-winning Munge Leung for the interiors. "Our approach was to respect the original Valhalla Inn and its era while keeping the design contemporary,” says Alessandro Munge. "The chandelier in the two-storey lobby resembles a shell, as did many fixtures from that period. We incorporated terrazzo flooring in a pattern inspired by the 1960s but modernized. We added black walnut throughout the amenities to create a cohesive look, and the stone in the lobby fireplace reflects the exterior of the building. The function and scale of these rich, natural materials work together to create a strong sense of entry."
Munge points out that One Valhalla has an unusually strong visual and physical connection between its exterior and interior. "The indoor pool, splash pool and hot tub area is adjacent to the patio on the podium, so people can swim and look out or walk out onto this beautifully- landscaped area. We kept the design around the pool simple, with the floors and walls
combined with wood for warmth." Black walnut highlights the theatre, where Munge Leung added Mondrianesque patterning to recapture an art component of 1960s. The handsome President's Club bar and lounge has a walkout to the terrace and looks out over the ground-floor landscaped courtyard.
This club has been injected with coloured glass detailing visible from the outside -
A key vintage artistic component. Amenities include a fitness facility, activity area, study centre complete with Wi-Fi, and a media/library lounge. Residents adore the landscaped terrace rooftop with barbecues where they can’t get enough f the expansive views. Looking closely at the suites, you see premium finishes include ceilings up to nine ft. in height, great views through panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows, balconies or French railings and walk-in closets in most suites. The larger townhomes (in three- and four-bedroom layouts) range from 1,250 to 1,450 sq. ft.
Edlican is an admired Toronto developer known for creating exceptional residential and prestige commercial properties that have helped shape the city's skyline. Among their successful condominiums are Signatures on Bloor, 1121 Bay, the Monaco, the Clairmont, the
Met, Encore, and Granby Street Maisonettes.