Architecture: Canada, Toronto, King West. St Condos
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My latest LEGO model is King Toronto Condos located at 489-539 King Street
West in downtown Toronto. It is an amazing project which planning and
designing by a young architect, Bjarke Ingles. Also development by
Westbank Corp. King Toronto Condos will be a unique project ever been built-in Toronto.
his Instagram page, Danish architect Bjarke Ingels even refers to the
as-yet-unnamed project as "Habitat 2.0, 50 years after Moshe
Safdie, at King Street West, Toronto". In plan, the complex will
be a hollow rectangle framing a large communal courtyard for
residents. But the building mass will be broken up into cuboidal
modules, each twisted by 45 degrees to create more opportunities to
bring in daylight. The five tower elements will each be between 15
and 17 stories high. There will also be openings at ground level,
allowing pedestrians to potentially walk through the courtyard.
Ingels told Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail that the effect
will be akin to "a Mediterranean mountain town". "The
scale of the project is so broken down that it almost looks like a
bundle of homes rather than a big new building," he said. The
unusual layout will create numerous different configurations for
residents, and apartments will come in a variety of sizes. But most
units will have private terraces, many of which will offer impressive
views over the city rooftops. Material choices have not been
finalized, but the current plan is to clad the building in some kind
of light stone – offering a slight contrast to the raw concrete of
Safdie presented his experimental modular housing Habitat 67 at the
1967 World Expo in Montreal as a vision for the future of cities.
BIG's cemented its reputation as a housing design pioneer with 8
House, a Copenhagen development featuring a figure-of-eight plan, but
also with its earlier Mountain Dwellings. The King Street West
project is one of several projects BIG has underway in Canada,
alongside the twisted Vancouver House skyscraper and the curvaceous
Telus Sky Tower in Calgary.