For architect Brian Brisbin, the “genius” of The Mercer is its ability to capture the mood of its century old environs on Mercer Street while remaining totally contemporary.
The Mercer, with its layered expression of brick, stone and glass, creates a vertical image that captures the unique character of Mercer Street. Referencing the past but rooted in the present, The Mercer is what one of Brisbin’s partners, Greg Alexander calls simply an exercise in the “Romantic Modern.” And that almost instantly strikes one as the perfect moniker. The Mercer possesses in its DNA the chic aura of a mid-century Manhattan in a totally contemporary way.
The Mercer is totally “of today,” but imbued with the storied elegance of another era.
So how does The Mercer attain this architectural alchemy: making a totally chic, sleek, contemporary glass point tower resonate with historical flair and panache? Well, for architect Brisbin and his team the answer lies in a series of design “expressions” that separate their building from the increasingly
Romancing the Modern
anonymous looking glass towers that often look eerily similar. “Quite simply, this building tells a story, the story of Mercer Street” notes Brisbin, “it’s a contemporary design but it describes the character and life of this unique street, both in its use of materials, like stone and brick, and in a series of design moves both at grade and on the skyline.”
The Mercer is front and centre of the John Street Cultural Corridor
Only a block long, Mercer Street has been around more or less since the inception of the city and still possesses many of its beautiful 19th century brick warehouse buildings. Today it is at the heart of the Entertainment District, steps from The John Street Cultural Corridor. Here you’ll find the iconic Art Gallery
of Ontario and the Ontario College of Art and Design. Then there’s the historic Much Music Building, at Queen Street, which every spring becomes the site of the station’s annual music awards. Further down there’s the Scotiabank (Multiplex) theatre and the new “jewel in the crown” of the John Street Cultural Corridor, the Bell Lightbox, home of both the Toronto Film Festival and the Ontario Cinematique.
Presently plans are underway to renovate John Street with a sustainable streetscape that will include new
pavers, mature trees, street furniture, public art and perhaps two new urban plazas at the north and south ends of the street.
One of the most important features of The Mercer is its connection to the city’s underground PATH system, which is literally across the street from The Mercer. No matter what the weatherman dishes out, residents at The Mercer can walk the 27 kms of underground retail tunnels, connecting to points throughout downtown in perfect comfort!
The Suites - Designed for living
The living spaces of the Mercer have been designed to make downtown city living effortless, elegant and urbane.
Sleek, modular and integrated combine the latest ideas about how to make the transitions between the living, dining and kitchen areas seamless and aesthetically pleasing. Central to this process is designing the kitchen so it doesn’t “look” like a kitchen but rather as an extension of the living room. This design sleight of hand has been accomplished by applying veneer panels to the kitchen appliances—the refrigerator and dishwasher—to match the millwork of the cabinets. From a distance they “read” like two elegant pillars framing either side of the kitchen’s workstation. An island further provides spatial definition.
A similar treatment in the bathroom—applying two—toned veneer to the vanity—makes the space seem elegant, integrated and uncluttered.
When you live in such an intensely urban environment as downtown Toronto, your home acts as a refuge from the excitement and energy outside your front door. It’s a nest, where everything should be designed to make life simple, easy, effortless. That has been beautifully accomplished at the suites of The Mercer.
Above the lobby, on the second floor, is The Mercer’s indoor amenity space – Club Mercer. This striking space includes a fitness centre, a party room and a screening room as well as a Scandinavian-inspired sauna and spa area. Clad in a marble mosaic tile, with a wood ceiling, The Mercer Spa will have all the features you’d expect in a high-end gym: top of the line fitness equipment—and even a hot tub.
The Sixth Floor Terrace
One of the most stunning features of The Mercer is its 10,000 square foot terrace on the roof of the building’s podium on the sixth floor. Although 42% of the terrace is green cover, it really is a series of outdoor urban rooms—private lounges, a games area, a kitchen and dining area, where residents of The Mercer can sun and play during the day and entertain their friends under the stars at night.
Bordered on its north and south sides by architectural pergolas is a series of lounges, with seating arrangements for relaxing, solo, or entertaining friends.
Underneath the pergola on the other side is a long meditative reflecting pool, next to which stands an elegant row of cabana chairs facing the interior green space, planted with prairie grasses. And finally, at the far end of the green space is a large screen wall, which wraps around, and camouflages the staircase core, which will permit residents to watch movies outdoors on a summer night.
At the western end of the terrace is a lounge, outdoor dining room, BBQ and games area, which will inevitably become the perfect venue for alfresco entertaining. In so many ways, The Mercer’s sixth floor terrace is akin to a town square where residents will promenade, meet their friends and just relax with a good book.
- Ceiling height of approximately 9 feet or 10 feet, as per plan, except in bathrooms or for structural or mechanical reasons
- Smooth finish ceilings
- Custom designed solid core suite entry door with quality contemporary hardware
- Suite entry door equipped with deadbolt lock and through-door viewer
- Contemporary interior panel doors or mirror slider
- Lever door hardware in brushed nickel finish
- Sliding glass panel doors on bedrooms*
- Plank engineered hardwood flooring in entry, living/dining area, bedroom(s) and den*
- Modern profile 4” baseboard with co-coordinated 2” door casings
- Decora-style, white light switches and matching white receptacles
- Capped ceiling outlet in dining room, bedroom(s) and den*
- Ceiling light in walk-in closet(s)*
- Wire shelving in all closets
- Semi-gloss off-white paint throughout kitchen, laundry, powder room and bathrooms. Flat latex off white paint in all other areas
- Trim and doors to be painted off-white semi gloss
- Balcony or Terrace, as per plan
- Contemporary kitchen cabinetry
- Extra height upper cabinets
- Deep upper cabinet above fridge
- Valance lighting under kitchen upper cabinets
- Granite or engineered quartz kitchen countertops
- Glass tile, ceramic subway tile or marble mosaic tile kitchen backsplash
- Double or single undermount, stainless steel kitchen sink*
- Brushed nickel, single handle, pull out kitchen faucet
- Energy Star 24” Ceran cooktop with built in oven
- Energy Star 24” integrated built-in dishwasher
- Energy Star 24” integrated refrigerator
- Built in microwave oven in kitchen island or microwave/hood fan*
- Slide out stainless steelhood fan*
- Halogen track lighting fixture
- 2 capped ceiling outlets above island*
- Plank engineered hardwood flooring or porcelain tile flooring
- In suite laundry facilities include 27” Energy Star white stacked front load washer and dryer. Dryer vented to exterior
- Laundry area floor finished in porcelain tile
- Floating vanity cabinet
- Slab marble vanity countertop
- Top mount white sink
- Brushed nickel, single lever faucet
- Brushed nickel, one handle pressure balance tub/shower faucet
- Rectangular design, white, acrylic soaker tub*
- Mirror above vanity
- In master ensuite, choice of marble, ceramic subway tile or porcelain wall tile
- In master ensuite, choice of marble, porcelain or oversize ceramic floor tile
- In master ensuite, separate shower stall features tempered frameless glass enclosure with frameless glass door*
- Porcelain or oversize ceramic floor tile in main bath and powder room*
- Porcelain or ceramic tile on walls around tub or shower in main bath*
- White plumbing fixtures
- Privacy lock on washroom doors
- Wall light sconces (2) in all bathrooms
- Bathroom exhaust fan vented to exterior
Comfort, Communications & Engineering Features
- Individual controlled heating/cooling system
- Suite electricity individually metered
- Cable television/internet access outlets in living room, den and/or bedroom(s)*
- Telephone outlet in living room, den and bedroom(s)*
- Thermally isolated Low-E energy efficient double-glazed windows with operable sections, as per plan
- Built-in heat/smoke detector
- In suite water sprinkler system
- Energy recovery ventilator
*All finishes are as per plan and shall be chosen from a selection of Vendor’s standard samples.
Your new home is protected by 4 Levels of Guarantees.
- One Year Guarantee on the workmanship and materials of your new home, a guarantee backed by the TARION** New Home Warranty Program (the new name for the trusted Ontario New Home Warranty Program).
- Full 2 years coverage on electrical, plumbing, heat delivery & distribution system.
- The TARION** New Home Warranty Program 7 Year Structural Guarantee on major structural components of your new home.
- The individual guarantees provided by the quality brand-name suppliers of the many brand new components that go into your new home. We carefully select component suppliers and the warranties provided by these reputable brand name suppliers are all passed on to you.
**See the TARION New Home Warranty Program for full warranty details.
*All finishes are as per plan and shall be chosen from a selection of Vendor’s standard samples.
Specifications are subject to change without notice. Variations from Vendor’s samples will occur in materials and finishes due to normal production processes. Granite, marble and hardwood used in countertops, cabinets and flooring are natural materials with variations, gradations, veining and graining always found in natural materials. We reserve the right to substitute materials of equal or better quality without notice subject to availability at time of selection. E&O.E.
Graywood Developments Ltd.
Founded in 1985, Graywood Developments Ltd. is a privately owned Toronto based company that has developed an impressive portfolio of Residential, Commercial and Industrial Real Estate projects located in major centres throughout North America. The Company has completed notable high-rise residential developments such as Number One York Quay, Landmark of Thornhill and Europa. Graywood together with it’s partner Cadillac Fairview is currently completing the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Residences in Toronto, a development that exemplifies the company’s approach to quality design and construction. The project has already become an iconic presence in the downtown skyline.
Over the course of the twenty-five years it has been in business, Beaverhall Homes has earned a reputation for building homes of exceptional quality and old-world inspired craftsmanship. Active throughout the GTA, Beaverhall has created outstanding communities in Vaughan’s Thornhill Woods, Mississauga’s Shipp Place, Brookwood in Whitby, Mackenzie Glen in Maple, Main Street Village in Milton and the Europa Condominium in Toronto’s Little Italy neighbourhood. Known for its dedication to quality, the highest construction standards and superior customer service, Beaverhall homeowners also enjoy the benefits of TARION’s warranty program. Also recognized in the industry for the “curb appeal” of its unique communities, Beaverhall also aspires to create interior spaces in its homes that are contemporary, functional and in sync with today’s busy lifestyles.
With an architectural practice that spans the world from Moscow to Dubai to LA, Toronto-based Brisbin Brook Beynon Architect (BBB) has earned an enviable international reputation for design excellence and ingenuity. With over thirty major design awards to its credit, including two Massey Medals, BBB has created some of Canada’s most iconic structures, including Toronto’s Metro Hall, Vancouver’s GM Place and Ottawa’s new Convention Centre. And the firm’s international work includes such high-profile projects as the new Moscow Concert Hall, which will be the focal point of the Russian capital’s new City Centre, and New York City’s new Madison Square Garden, the preeminent “shrine” of American sport. Presently designing resort and condominium projects from Montenegro to Muskoka, BBB believes its design for The Mercer in downtown Toronto dramatically expresses its commitment to an architecture that is visually dramatic but true to itself and its function.
Founded in 1998 by designers Allen Chan, Matt Davis and Anwar Mekhayech, The Design Agency is a Toronto-based full service design studio that has executed high-profile commissions across Canada and around the US and Europe and in the United Arab Emirates. Between 2004 and 2008, the multi-talented, Allen, Matt and Anwar also starred in a highly successful television series on HGTV called “The Designer Guys,” which is now syndicated in various markets around the world. A member of the Canadian Green Building Council, responsible and sustainable design is central to their design philosophy, as is a belief that innovative, inventive and challenging design can contribute enormously to brand building and image development. Among the company’s recent commissions have been the launching of the Private Residences at Toronto’s historic King Edward Hotel, a real-estate development that enjoyed an unprecedented sales success; the redesign of the Shangri-la Estates presentation centre, also in Toronto; the ongoing renovation and rehabilitation of the Royal York Hotel’s retail and common areas; the redesign of the Rogers Centre’s luxury suites; and the redesign of Toronto’s famed Brassaii restaurant. Such projects have further enhanced The Design Agency’s already well-established reputation as “one of Canada’s hottest design firms.”
Founded in 1980, Terraplan is one of Canada’s leading landscape architecture practices and has worked on some of the largest commissions in the country, including the “new” Lester B. Pearson International Airport in Toronto. Over the years, Terraplan has received numerous awards for its work and more recently has enthusiastically integrated the highest standards of environmental design into its practice and, indeed, has been certified as “Green Roof Professionals.” A key aspect of Terraplan’s design practice has been designing exciting urban outdoor environments for downtown condominium projects (including The Mercer) and in each instance, it has been motivated to create a distinct sense of place for both condominium stakeholders as well as the general public. Keenly aware of The Mercer’s central location in Toronto’s thriving Entertainment District, Terraplan has strived to create both an urban oasis for the project’s residents while contributing to the pedestrian-oriented focus of its neighbourhood.
Over the last 20 years, dedication, energy and analysis has guided Montana Steele to create real estate brands that are truly magnetic. This award-winning, Toronto based advertising agency is today one of the foremost names in the new home development business. With its impressive client list that includes some of North America’s largest developers, Montana Steele is an agency that is committed to creating communication that is both original and effective.