Ah, the long, warm summer days – how I wish they were here! After just recovering from the winter storm of 2011, and even though a pretty mild one at that, I can’t help but dream of the summer days ahead.
And when I think of summer, I think of pool side lounging. Maybe I’m the only one, but it’s certainly what comes to mind.
Lumiere is one of the condos on Bay St. thankful to have a pool, and it’s designed in a way that is very current with how pools are now being incorporated into the design of condos. In earlier Toronto condo years, pools were a separate room, completely enclosed, and treated totally as an indoor amenity.
Now more recently, with a push for condo amenities to feel more like actual spas and retreats, with more of a social club aspect to it, pools are transitioning into either being extensions of outdoor lounge space, as either partially covered or completely out in the open.
Some of the new condos where this is obvious are The Verve (120 Homewood):
And Murano (37 Grosvenor and 38 Grenville), which has a retractable roof for the summer months that acts much in the same way as The Rogers Centre (which I still prefer to call The Skydome):
From the artist’s rendering of the pool at the very top, you can see that Lumiere will have a mixture of both an indoor and outdoor feel with cabanas separating the space and housing broad windows that open to the outdoor lounge deck. It’s certainly nice to have the sky lights above too. And just so that you don’t have to scroll back up, here’s the photo I’m talking about for your reference:
Still, the analytical part of my brain can’t help but notice that, as usual, the surroundings in the artist’s rendering does not actually capture the setting accurately.
In the photo, the cabanas look out onto a beautiful skyline with lush greenery all around. The reality is that this second-floor pool amenity area is actually right off of Elizabeth St., where the Toronto General Hospital seven-storey parking garage is. So, the pool lounge is in fact encircled by concrete with a medical building, another condo (750 Bay St.), the parking garage and Lumiere itself as its borders.
Granted, space downtown is limited, and with more and more tall condo projects going up around Bay and College, shadows will become the norm in the mornings and later afternoons – still, this needs to be considered if you’re looking at the photo and expecting streams of sunlight at all hours as the rendering suggests.
In the end, if you really want a sunny area to swim and sunbathe, perhaps stick to the basics and head down to the Toronto beaches or lakeside pools!