Meet the architect of Collingwood Quay Condominiums

May 2, 2024

Collingwood Quay’s idyllic location on the waterfront at the head of Hurontario represents a unique opportunity for all involved in this exciting project. For residents, they can savour pristine views across Georgian Bay while enjoying easy access to both the town’s wealth of waterfront amenities and its inimitable downtown. For the builder, FRAM + Slokker, the site’s rare combination of tranquility and downtown connectivity enabled them to approach the condominium’s design with a clean slate and craft a residential legacy that will become part of Collingwood’s charm for generations to come.

“Collingwood Quay is a very important project for everyone,” offers Fred Serrafero, Senior Vice President with FRAM + Slokker’s. “Its iconic location, every suite offering water views, even the building’s geometry lining up on a north-south axis enables us to infuse so many unique design details and make this something truly special.”

FRAM + Slokker also went the extra mile to ensure the community’s final vision meets everyone’s collective needs and desires. In 2022, the builder conducted a series of focus groups with prospective purchasers to ensure the project meets demand. The feedback was that residents wanted large terraces, grand water views and 2-bedroom suite layouts, and Collingwood Quay answers these wishes across the board.

As for the building’s design, the architectural firm Giannone Petricone Associates fully appreciates the site’s special location. “This is the central pivot point for The Shipyards master plan and the community’s crowning achievement,” smiles Ralph Giannone, principal architect. “A signature site that will be seen from the harbour and the town, incorporating a reinvigorated waterfront composed of retail and residential.

“The idea was to embrace the waterside experience and leverage the uniquely special views from the point that goes out into the bay, while simultaneously appreciating the spectacular nearby ridge and escarpment. This really is a rare site in Ontario, being able to connect with the water on both sides plus views of the escarpment and easy proximity to a vibrant downtown. It demanded a bespoke interpretation.”

Collingwood Quay’s design is the perfect marriage of the town’s past and future: literally something old and something new, something borrowed and something blue.

“The condominium is a modern interpretation of an industrial building,” explains Ralph. “We have weathered steel at grade that is inspired by the town’s shipping heritage. There’s a big, strong masonry pier element that is canted at the lower level. A metal grid that acts like a prow. Dark metal beaming. Imagine a loft building that might have been there and then cleaned up to create a strong contextual relationship with the site.”

One of the other beautiful aspects of Collingwood Quay is that the site is inviting to everyone. There will be retail at grade, creating a meeting place where residents, townsfolk and tourists alike can shop and unwind while enjoying the special energy created at the waterfront. Anyone is welcome to walk around the community and enjoy the harbour, while there’s a gentle integration between public and private realms.

Should residents desire a little extra privacy while spending time outdoors at home, they can simply luxuriate on their expansive private terrace – complete with retractable glazing so they can relax outside throughout much of the year.

“Think of it as a ‘convertible balcony’; a three-season glazing element that can be enclosed to protect residents from wind and rain,” explains Ralph. “It’s the perfect solution for early spring and late fall, enabling people to enjoy their outdoor spaces longer.”

The release of Collingwood Quay is on the horizon later this spring. If you haven’t already registered your interest, register now to receive priority updates on upcoming sales events.