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Menchions, a principal at II BY IV DESIGN. "Particularly on this
development, which is a legacy project for them."
United in Luxury
General contractor Toddglen Construction started work on the
Residences of 488 University Avenue in 2015. In January 2017, the
contractor started work on the residential addition that sits atop the
existing office tower, originally built in 1960.
Work on the existing building included excavating beneath it to
place a six-story parking garage. "This is quite a unique building
where there is a commercial aspect below and a luxury residential
tower above," Menchions says.
All 55 stories of the building will be wrapped in shimmering glass
curtainwall attached to a steel exoskeleton. The building will also
include a 50-foot-high atrium housing a new restaurant.
The Residences of 488 University Avenue will include 30,000
square feet of amenity spaces on the 18th and 19th floors. Building
amenity areas include an indoor-outdoor pool, state-of-the-art
fitness studio, squash court, an outdoor patio and sky bar.
The 19th floor will include a "SkyLobby" for residents that
includes 22-foot-high ceilings with floor-to-ceiling glass windows
that will offer unobstructed views of the city. Each of the residential
building's 453 units will also feature impressive views.
"We can't say enough about collaborating with a world-class firm
like II BY IV DESIGN," Amexon executive sales manager Jason Shiff
says. "They have brought much attention to detail, design and overall functionality. It was fantastic working with them and bringing
our master-planned development to life."
II BY IV DESIGN maintains similar relationships with all of its
clients. "We have mutually respectful relationships with our clients;
they rely on us to be innovators for their properties and participate
in the selection of premium partners," Menchions says.
Range of Expertise
Menchions co-founded II BY IV DESIGN in Toronto in 1990 with
partner Keith Rushbrook. The multifaceted company includes an
interior design studio and a product studio. The interior design
studio handles commercial interiors projects for clients ranging
from retail stores and restaurants to hotels, cruise ship interiors
II BY IV DESIGN in 2012 launched its product studio, which
develops lighting, furniture, carpet, wall coverings and more. The
company operates an interior studio and a product studio in Toronto
as well as studios in New York City and London.
"We are a full-service creative studio," Menchions says. "We don't
just specialize in one niche of interiors. We are able to learn from
each of the areas of design we work in and bring forth that knowledge to all of our clients."
NORM LI ARCHITECTURAL GRAPHICS
II BY IV DESIGN's relationship with Amexon Development Corp. extends back more than 10 years. II BY IV DESIGN provided the interior
design for the developer's first residential complex in Toronto. "They
are a well-educated client that is hands-on at every level of the project, which is an added benefit to us as designers, since we know firsthand that everything will be approved by them," Menchions says.
Amexon approached II BY IV DESIGN after acquiring the property and II BY IV DESIGN in turn recommended CORE Architects to
design the building.
Developer Amexon Development
has worked with II BY IV DESIGN
for more than 10 years.
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