The King West neighbourhood has quickly become one of Toronto’s hottest places to live and play, attracting residents who are bright, stylish and have a bit of an edge. Naturally, they want their living spaces to reflect that, too. The folks behind Minto 775 — two ultra-modern buildings at the corner of King Street West and Tecumseth Street — are offering up that edge in the form of an exquisite glass staircase connecting the penthouses’ living space to the bedroom area.

In the six two-storey penthouses still up for sale, the staircase is positioned against the wall with a glass panel on the other side to create a strong architectural statement and the greatest possible sense of open space. In one penthouse, the staircase is off the grand foyer and right up against the window, creating a spectacular floating effect.

The 12-step staircase is comprised of a central steel spine, wood treads and an open riser, with the sides made of glass. The idea was to make the most of the floor-to-ceiling windows to maximize the views.

“We didn’t want to obstruct the view but wanted to create something sculptural from the inside and outside, so it became very transparent,” says Dan Menchions, partner at II BY IV Design Associates. “It’s pretty much the focus of the main level as soon as you come into the unit.”

Mr. Menchions says he and his team took in the area’s vibe when they began designing the glass staircase.

“This neighbourhood is very young, very vibrant,” he says. “It has lots of singles, lots of professionals. It is really the most active part of the city [and so the penthouse] needed to be a very stylish and very cool place.”

This is the first time Mr. Menchions has designed a staircase right against a window and he’s pleased with how it speaks to Minto 775’s demographic.

“It lends itself to very contemporary styling,” he explains. “And it’s very eclectic as well. The purchaser of this place would probably be someone who’s very established, who has a collection of furnishings and art items. We brought that forward for the styling of this space.”

At just 12- and 17-storeys respectively, Minto 775’s two towers aren’t that high compared to the city’s many condominium projects on the go. Still, Minto promises great views in its striking one- and two-bedroom penthouses. The units, ranging from 821 to 1,866 square feet, boast expansive terraces and what the builder calls “intelligent layouts.” The first floor comprises the living/dining rooms, kitchen and bathroom with the second floor devoted to master bedroom and ensuite, second bedroom and guest bathroom depending on the unit, and laundry room. Den and study might be upstairs or downstairs, depending on the floor plan. Contemporary finishes include Miele appliances, upgraded granite and Caesarstone selections, European cabinetry, and six-inch baseboards. Penthouse buyers also get one parking space.

Located at King St. W. and Tecumseth St., minto775 by Hariri Pontarini Architects comprises 350 units one-, two- and three-bedroom units. Suites range from 542 to 1,866 sq. ft. and cost $326,800 to more than $1.2-million. The LEED Gold Candidate project is more than 85% sold. Construction is underway and occupancy is slated for fall 2012.

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