New Condo Projects That Will Change Toronto's Architectural Site

Thursday Jul 30th, 2020

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The rich architectural heritage of Toronto is evident in its neighborhoods, from the world-famous CN Tower to the Distillery District and Liberty Village industrial buildings of the Victorian period. Residential developers have also sought to build innovative and exciting designs (like the L Tower, River City, and 12 Degrees). However, several homebuyers are faced with a homogenous collection of glass and precast boxes due to many condos popping up across the Toronto city.

On the bright side, there are some on-going projects that will inject more excitement into the condo aesthetic, for sure. So, if you are looking for a new condo, and want to escape the banal, here are the five condo projects in the works that will transform Toronto's architectural landscape for good.

01 – Mirvish + Gehry Toronto

As the name suggests, Mirvish+Gehry Toronto is a partnership between two Canadian leaders - David Mirvish theater-maven and Frank Gehry starchitect. The architectural project was first introduced in the year 2012 and has since been acquired by Great Gulf, developer of Toronto.

The mixed-use building at King Street West and Duncan Street consists of two 301 and 329 meters high 'supertall' buildings, divided by a pair of decorative canopies along Duncan Street. The master project includes the Princess of Wales Theatre, the Royal Alexandra Theatre, and the Anderson Building heritage facade at 284 King Street West.

02 – 321 Davenport Condos

Although high-rise condos account for most of Toronto's new density, mid-rise projects remain a great choice. For fewer apartments, mid-rise condos promote a more intimate sense of community, while providing less congestion and shorter wait times for elevators.

Another upcoming condo project of Toronto is 321 Davenport, a new mid-rise project by Alterra with Annex neighborhood. The nine-story home, designed by GiannonePetricone Associates Inc., boasts a sleek architecture featuring a flowing glass façade that fits the Davenport Road curve. Within, an exclusive range of 18 penthouse-style suites provides a luxury living experience with spacious, open-plan architecture and high-quality finishes.

03 – Aqualuna

Situated in Toronto's Bayside, Aqualuna is Danish firm 3XN's other residential development in Tridel and Hines' master-planned neighborhood. The 16 story structure features a playful, wave-like exterior influenced by its location on the waterfront. Architects considered neighboring buildings and streets carefully in designing the house, thus water views and maximum sunlight for the residents.

It is shown in the shape and form of the house, which consists of two peaks separated by a valley housing the shared amenities of the city. By moving the peaks apart, the design creates ample space from each unit to optimize views of the waterfront. Plus, as the building steps back up on higher levels, those 'steps' transform into spacious outdoor terraces for upper-level apartments.

04 - The One

While the SkyTower at Pinnacle One Yonge has already lost its title as Canada's tallest condo building, The One is sure to be a gem in the skyline of Toronto when it is completed in 2023. The architecture was designed by the award-winning British architectural firm Foster + Partners, using sophisticated structural engineering and revolutionary design techniques.

The most noticeable of which is an exoskeleton composed of an exterior casing composed of bronze diagonal trusses rising up the length of the house, supplying most of the structural support. The architecture makes light-filled shopping spaces that are reminiscent of flagship stores in London, New York City, Paris, and Chicago.

05 – King Toronto Condos

This community of 600,000 square feet forgets the traditional combination of tower and podium, which has become the trend in Toronto and instead boasts an eye-catching mountain range-inspired design. The 16-story building was designed by starchitectBjarkeIngels and pays tribute to the groundbreaking Habitat 67 of Moshe Safdie in Montreal by using elevated, terraced apartments with vertical gardens and glass-brick façades.

Applying the ideology of the 'Gesamtkunstwerk' — a German term that translates as 'complete work of art' — King Toronto will also feature vibrant pedestrian areas with new shopping, restaurants, and workspaces, as well as courtyards and pathways lined with public art.

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