BIG aims for new peaks in Toronto

Nick Myall
Friday 04 Mar 2016

Bjarke Ingels is creating a Canadian project with unique topography similar to mountainous terrain

Danish Architect Bjarke Ingels' firm BIG has published designs for an eye-catching residential project in Toronto, Canada.

The BIG-designed development includes 500 apartments contained within a pixelated-looking block that rises and falls to create five mountainous peaks. 

The scheme’s modular arrangement is reminiscent of the experimental housing complex ‘Habitat 67’ built by Moshe Safdie in 1967 – the three-dimensional landscape of 354 stacked concrete "boxes" built for the Montreal Expo.

Commissioned by property developers Westbank and Allied REIT, the project is proposed for a site between King Street West and Wellington Street and will encompass approximately 67,000 sq m.

Commenting on the development Ingels refers to the as-yet unnamed project as "Habitat 2.0, 50 years after Moshe Safdie, at King Street West, Toronto". 

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 towers will each be between 15 and 17 storeys high. 

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 complex's unique topography – that some have referred to as a mountainous terrain and others as a ziggurat – will offer balconies and terraces to all tenants with stunning views over the city. Alleyways will connect to an inner plaza with retail and public space, featuring a landscaped Hemlock forest to the West.


Nick Myall

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