KING Toronto is a 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 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 known for his unique pieces of art which change the game anywhere and everywhere he goes.
KING Toronto will be the third architectural addition to Canada from Westbank and BIG. Previous collaborations include the highly successful Vancouver House and Telus Sky in Calgary. Both of these models can be viewed at ‘Unzipped Toronto’ an exhibition currently sitting on the site of KING Toronto. Unzipped, designed by Bjarke Ingels and The BIG Group, which began as part of the Serpentine Galleries in London, UK and is open to the public as an exhibition celebrating the launch of KING Toronto.
The project will span 485 – 539 King St. W.
The development of KING Toronto is inspired Montreal’s Habitat 67 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 ‘mountain peaks’ wrapping around the pedestrian friendly courtyard that extends from King St W out to Wellington St. The mountain like structure of each building allows for the suites in the building to offer spacious terraces and multiple exposures. The design centers on adding to the sense of community along King West, putting a significant amount of focus on the interaction of public spaces and a one of a kind courtyard for residents and other King St pedestrians to enjoy and mingle in.
More about the Courtyard
The much anticipated courtyard span over 21,000 square feet and consist of two distinct elements. A professionally landscaped hemlock forest will provide residents and visitors with a naturalized setting, while an urban court will feature outdoor seating, ground-floor retail and commercial space. A 1,345 square-foot “secret garden” will also be designed, on the southeastern corner of the site behind one of the restored heritage buildings.
About the Developers
Westbank Corp is an established developer with several monumental projects to their name across the globe. Their portfolio includes luxury condominiums, five-star hotels, retail, office and public art projects. They strive to create quality projects that feature a high-degree of artistry, helping to foster more equitable and beautiful cities. They also have the distinction of being one of the world’s largest LEED platinum developers, significantly committed to a body of energy-efficient and environmentally-conscious work.
KING Toronto comes as the fourth Toronto project for Westbank. Their first project in Toronto was the successful Shangri-La Hotel & Residences Toronto. Their two projects currently under construction are at 19 Duncan Street and the highly-anticipated Mirvish Village redevelopment.