The AURA at College Park

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Entry Description

Located in the heart of the city of Toronto, AURA stands at over 78 storeys, making this sleek landmark building the tallest condominium in Canada. Significantly redefining the Toronto skyline and street level, Aura boasts a powerful presence of granite, limestone and glass. Its architectural excellence is reflected throughout the interior, where the abundance of natural light is maximized. As an introduction to Aura’s lobby, residents and guests are greeted by a two-storey, glazed public gallery flanked by an existing 3-acre park. Passers-by of the park are able to see the beautiful Carrera marble clad gallery, offset by the richness of burled walnut, topped with a custom LED reflective light fixture, select artwork and sculptures. The gradual transition of volume flows from the existing park’s openness through the bright, airy gallery, into an intimate lobby lounge of understated elegance. The Aura lounge, filled with contemporary, sophisticated, urban, clean lines, is a clear cut distinction of spatial function in the layout. Elegant and timeless finishes, fixtures and furniture reflect and evoke Aura’s adjacency with nature. Minimalist artwork and decorative sculptural elements provide focal points to balance the warm and inviting oversized fireplace feature. The concierge desk is designed to maximize sight lines of Aura’s two entrances and lobby, which serve as the core to the design of Aura. High speed elevators set in polished black granite are easily identifiable by backlit white marble panels and monolithic wood clad ceiling. The Aura is a catalyst for positive change in the Toronto community. Not only has Aura introduced itself as a landmark residential building, but with it comes a new high-end commercial shopping and lifestyle centre, sure to encourage the growth of the neighbourhood. The design in itself, will be a beacon of energy, revitalizing the neighbourhood and bringing life to the city.