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How Canada’s tallest luxury residential tower came to be

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Builder Sam Mizrahi turns The One into an experience like no other for city living

You’ve had a long day. The city is noisy, never still. She returns home and enters the elevator. Immediately, you are in another world. Each wall of the elevator is a floor-to-ceiling screen projecting beautiful art, an underwater world, or the latest fashion video from Paris. The elevator is an immersive bubble, complete with a hospital-grade air purification system, taking you high above the city where the streets and buildings below become shapes and textures in a work of art.

This is living at The One.

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Sam Mizrahi had a vision to create a tower that will be talked about in the future for its architectural beauty, opulent interiors, and thoughtful features. The One will be the highest in Canada and its level of detail will be the highest.

Mizrahi Developments sees luxury as perfection, an interior without “visual tension,” as President Sam Mizrahi puts it. It is not only about the quality of the finishes but also about the precision with which they are installed.

“I have always loved architecture and the way an interior space can make you feel,” says Mizrahi, founder and president of Mizrahi developments. “When I travel, I always look at the buildings, the details of them outside and inside. For a long time, I have wanted to bring that kind of excellence to Canada. And when you consider that nearly 75 percent of Canadians live in large urban centers, the importance of optimizing a city lifestyle is the future. Rapid urbanization is underway.”

No detail is too small

Everything, no matter how small, is carefully examined from top to bottom. Involved in all aspects of The One’s design, Mizrahi is undoubtedly a fan of the finer details in all of his projects. “It’s important to make sure that the grout lines between the tiles match those on the walls, floor, and ceiling, for example,” he says. “Homeowners may not realize those things. They may sense that something is wrong in a room. I don’t want any visual tension, anywhere. It has to be perfect. That is what creates a sense of calm; a sanctuary.”

Each marble floor is matched with a book, a painstaking practice in which each slab is laid side by side on the same surface to create a continuous pattern as if on the pages of an open book. It is a use of precious material at its best.

The Mizrahi brand has always focused on craftsmanship and attention to detail. “When I think of luxury, I think beyond finishes. It extends to how those finishes are installed,” explains Mizrahi. “Luxury brands like Rolls Royce or Hermes trade in the perfection of their craftsmanship. Someone has taken the time and care to make the product exceptional. My goal is to do that with every Mizrahi home.”

Unique design throughout

At The One, this level of excellence goes far beyond standard building code. The interiors were envisioned in collaboration with architects and industrial designers from London-based Foster + Partners and local designers in Toronto. Tom Ford videos and James Bond movies were part of the inspiration.

“We like to question everything,” says Narinder Sagoo, lead designer at Foster + Partners. “We never do the same thing twice. Every time we touch a building or a city, it is special. It is unique for that city, for that client. Sam has an incredible vision of what he wants him to be The One in terms of living in the city.”

The distinctive bronze color of the trusses on the tower’s exterior continues throughout the interior of the Sky Lobby and boutique hotel, as well as the residences, creating design integrity from the inside out. While the same aesthetic and color palette govern each public space, a variety of materials makes each one unique. Some walls are mirrored. Others are metal or wood paneled.

Even security systems are imagined from scratch. “We worked backwards to understand how someone could try to break in,” says Esteban Yanquelevech, vice president of construction for Mizrahi Developments. “It is standard to put cameras at every entrance. We go further, spending time and effort to think about where cameras and other security measures are most needed.”

The One is truly a world of its own. Enter The One to go beyond expectations of what it means to live in the city.

For more information, visit Mizrahi developments.

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