Neighbourhood: King West
Address: 489 - 533 King St. W
Bjarke Ingles Group (BIG)
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The long-awaited KING Toronto development by Westbank, Allied REIT, and Bjarke Ingels is coming to the heart of King West’s Entertainment District. The area which is known for its charming low-rise historical brick architecture and vibrant lifestyle is set to be the site for Toronto’s first project by ‘starchitect’ Bjarke Ingels. The BIG group and Westbank collaboratively have pushed the envelope for KING Toronto by creating a unique and significant addition to Toronto’s skyline. Bjarke Ingles is widely known for buildings that defy convention while incorporating sustainable development principles and bold sociological concepts. KING Toronto will be the third architectural addition to Canada from Westbank and BIG with previous collaborations including the highly successful Vancouver House and Telus Sky in Calgary.
The development of KING Toronto is reminiscent of Moshe Safdie’s Habitat 67 in Montreal with the architecture designed to incorporate the building into the landscape of the area.
KING Toronto is set to rise 16-stories above King Street West with four peaks wrapping around the central courtyard of the property. The gradual recession on each floor allows for a large percentage of the suites in the building to offer spacious terraces and multiple exposures. The design centres on adding to the sense of community along King West, putting a significant amount of focus on the interaction of public spaces, extensive art installations and retail spaces along the street level and through the courtyard.
On the KING Toronto site during the fall of 2018 was the installation of Unzipped, designed by Bjarke Ingels and The BIG Group. The installation which began as part of the Serpentine Galleries in London, UK then came to Toronto as an exhibition celebrating the launch of KING Toronto and the first stop of the installation’s world tour.
KING Toronto comes as the fourth Toronto project for Westbank. Their first project in Toronto was the successful Shangri-La Hotel & Residences Toronto. With two projects currently under construction in Toronto at 19 Duncan Street and the highly-anticipated Mirvish Village redevelopment Westbank is continuing to expand their presence in Toronto and their reputation as one of Canada’s premier development companies.
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