If you saw our last post on the Minto WaterGarden scale model, then you know more or less what to expect. The model is now complete and in place at our Thornhill sales centre.
We’ll have the details on opening dates for you shortly. In the mean time, here’s a sneak peek at the finished model.
Thanks to Peter McCann for sharing his process with us and letting us into his space to document it. Stay tuned for news of the sales centre opening and, of course, updates on all of Minto’s other Toronto projects.
Last week we brought you a behind-the-scenes look at the construction of our WaterGarden 3D model. A week has gone by and it should be in place at the sales centre very soon. Here are some shots of what the model looked like when we dropped by Peter McCann’s studio yesterday afternoon.
Those tubes have tiny strands of lighting wrapped around them. The finished model will be lit from within for that authentic lived-in look.
The model is about 95% complete from a structural standpoint and 85% complete aesthetically.
As you can see, there are still some finishing touches missing, but it’s pretty impressive stuff overall. After six or seven weeks of hard work, we can’t wait to see it all come together.
Thanks again to Peter and his team for letting us look over their shoulders!
As you know, information on Minto Watergarden in Thornhill is starting to come out in torrents. We spoke to Carmen Dragomir of esQape Design Inc. about how the interior design for this project came about.
On your blog page you cover some great topics like working with colour, layouts for small spaces and furniture and lighting trends from Milan. Did any of these figure prominently in your work for WaterGarden?
“how can I inspire anyone to create a better living space without hiring an interior designer?”
CD: WaterGarden has a unique location where nature is intrinsically part of the development. My design intent is to bring nature inside the amenities spaces and create the feel of European interior gardens.
Tell us a bit about esQape design.
Special thanks to Carmen for her time & insight!
We were really excited to work with Sol Wassermuhl of Page + Steele Architects on this project.
What really makes Minto WaterGarden special is the courtyard that forms a focal point for the community. It is essentially one big water feature that blends seamlessly into the outdoor living spaces.
The landscape architecture is the work of Paul Ferris and his Toronto firm, Ferris & Associates Inc. Since his work is such an important part of what defines Minto WaterGarden, we’ll be catching up with him in a future blog post, so keep an eye out for our interview.
But the next thing to look forward to is the release of our interior renderings. We’ll be putting them out shortly and our Twitter followers will be the first to know (hint)! But until then, feel free to share these with anyone you think might be interested.
The WaterGarden model is a 6-8 week project for the team. A typical project will have 5 or 6 people working on it at any given time, but this can go up to 12 people depending on the the circumstances.
They create their own set of shop drawings which take into account the thickness of the materials they use. Everything has to fit very precisely together. It’s more of a structural drawing then a set of building plans and once all the parts are generated it’s like assembling a 3D puzzle.
Certain parts are hand made, such as these trees, which are made of speaker wire that is molded, painted and soldered to fit and then topped off with a special material which is bought in bulk.
Above, you can see the intricate details that the laser machine is cutting into the acrylic. All of the etching used to be done by hand, so these machines save countless hours in labour.
The building is drawn up using computer programs before cut sheets are made which are then cut with the lasers.
All the pieces are all very delicate. A lot of tender care has gone into putting it together, and with the bulk of assembly left to do, we’re in great hands with the highly skilled team at Peter McCann Architectural Models.
The team has been working away for the past several weeks and are almost ready to get the rest of the assembly underway. We’ll be back in their studio next week to get another look at how the model is progressing, so be sure to check back again soon! We’ll also have exclusive project renderings to share on the blog very soon……