An architectural masterpiece in the heart of Toronto

Technology | 15 Mar 2019

At Toronto's King West, a deeply-rooted fascination for new architectural statement has defined its distinct skyline. Amid all the stellar structures, the upcoming mixed-use development KING Toronto will become the new masterpiece for its visionary interpretation of choice living environs.

A highly regarded global city, Toronto is known for its excellent livability and the vast array of achievements. The University of Toronto, a top world-class university, is a pillar of the city's established education network, which continues to fuel the area's fast-growing tech industry.

King West, a vibrant cultural district in the city, has attracted a constellation of world-class restaurants, large-scale grocery stores, luxury boutiques, and art and music venues, providing for residents' everyday needs. Also a transportation hub, King Street West benefit from convenient modern tram services to other important neighborhoods in the city.

The masterly achievement

At this unrivaled location, three prestigious companies have come together to make a cutting-edge architectural statement.

Committed to artistry, sustainability, and city-building, Westbank creates buildings of the highest standards and has a proven track record over the years. For KING Toronto, it has teamed up with Allied, a developer deeply involved with the revitalization of the King West neighborhood.

With only the best talents in mind, the two has invited the Copenhagen-based Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) to transform the locale. While this is the group's debut in this city, KING Toronto is in fact BIG's 5th collaboration with Westbank. Without the deep and trusting relationship, the unique project would not have been such an outstanding success.

Bjarke Ingels, founder of BIG, is the chief designer of this project. His portfolio encompasses Vancouver House which is also developed Westbank, Google head quarter in Califonia, and New York's 2 World Trade Center.

Be one with nature

As envisioned by the team, KING Toronto is a work of art and a living sculpture. Beginning with four conserved heritage buildings, Bjarke Ingels has given the site a refreshing reinterpretation of 'Habitat 2.0'. Bringing together gardens, fresh air, privacy, and a multi-leveled environment, he has encapsulated all the elements into one building complex.

The centerpiece of the architecture is a living courtyard which changes with the seasons. Myriad food, art, music, fashion, and culture events will be taking place at this public realm, while it is linked to a network of green spaces and parks throughout the neighborhood. The development is also centered on pedestrian experience, leaving room for meandering laneways to snake majestically throughout the site.

For other amenities, the mountain spa will be equipped with an indoor-outdoor pool, hot tub, spa massage and treatment rooms, gym, and games/party room.

Co-existing with greenery, KING Toronto will be brimming with trees at each terrace level, green roof, and planter. Ivy vines will be climbing the exterior walls, bring nature to all corners. There will also be a secret garden which offers an al fresco dining area with a wood-burning oven.

Furthering the green motif, all homes at KING Toronto will be endowed with plenty of outdoor living space, including generously sized balconies and terraces.

Custom interior

Inspired by the site's heritage, BIG's design team has accentuated the interior design with a refined touch of industrial aesthetics. As reflected by the custom-designed kitchens with a choice of white oak wood, matte black laminate, or fluted glass motif, the team has given the project a fresh appearance inside out.

To complement the exquisite design, a hand-picked selection of furniture from esteemed global brand B&B Italia is available for purchase. Customized to the interior design, the series is the perfect addition to your new home.

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