The modern lines and glass façade of Nautique will be the latest addition to Burlington’s waterfront. The condo project, headed up by Adi Development Group, will offer residents views of the lake from most suites, along with a wealth of amenities on the property.
The building is not nautical in the traditional sense. Instead, Nautique is inspired by the flowing of water and the lightness of air, instilling a sense of tranquility and Zen. “It really echoes what you feel around water,” said Anna Simone, founding partner of Cecconi Simone, the interior design firm on the project. “You feel tranquil and light and we wanted to introduce that, not only in the design, but also in the material selected for the project.”
The suites feature durable materials in a light colour palate that were chosen to last the test of time, such as Corian, laminate flooring and marble, which bring to mind sand, water and light through reflective surfaces and clean lines. That lightness carried over to the common areas, which employed similar palates and materials to present the same sense of openness and air.
“When we were designing the footprint of the suites, what was important to us were sight lines,” said Simone. “We took advantage of floor to ceiling [windows] where we could. Everything being one colour also added to the whole flow of the suite and the optics of it, in terms of the size.”
Roland Rom Colthoff, principal at RAW Design and project architect, worked closely with the interior designers to make sure the layouts weren’t cumbersome.
“We made every effort to ensure clear views to the water,” he added. “When you go up to the sixth floor amenity space, you’re still in the city and surrounded by buildings and street traffic, but at the higher levels, it’s more about seeing and being part of the lake and appreciating that, because that’s where you live.”
The sleek, slender building will feature a two-storey podium at its base that will house commercial retail spaces such as restaurants, a bank or a coffee shop – spaces that Tariq Adi, CEO of Adi Development Group, thinks will be helpful to residents while bringing people together. Other amenities available for residents are a rooftop swimming pool, indoor-outdoor gyms, gazebo lounge areas, fire pit lounges and an 18th floor sky lounge and observation deck.
Suites start in the high $200,000s, priced to appeal to Millennials and first-time buyers that visit Burlington to shop and spend time at the waterfront, but often cannot afford to live in the area.
“We have a very modern aesthetic that appeals to a younger demographic. We created something that says this building identifies with you. It’s chic, it’s hip, it’s urban and that’s the new language of today with these Millennials,” said Adi. “It’s catering to a demographic that otherwise could never have been able to afford living in downtown Burlington.”
With Nautique, Adi Development Group hopes to build on the success of its previous Burlington projects: Link, Link2 and Mod’rn. Following Nautique, Adi plans to launch Station West, a 1,200-unit master-planned community next to the Aldershot GO Transit station. Station West will feature a mix of low- and high-rise buildings alongside stacked townhouses.
Registration for Nautique has begun at adidevelopments.com. The first launch will happen this fall with the release of 170 suites, with more to follow.
Kavita Sabharwal is an online editor at the REMI Network.