3XN unveils Bayside in Toronto

Nick Myall
Monday 18 Apr 2016

3XN’s first North American project, Bayside Toronto, establishes a new vertical neighbourhood on the waterfront

International real estate firm Hines, and Tridel, Canada’s leading condominium developer, has announced the selection of 3XN as the Design Architect of the developers’ latest residential project at Bayside Toronto.  3XN Founder and Creative Director Kim Herforth Nielsen, joined by the development partners, released initial renderings of the proposed condominium and provided design details for the third phase of Bayside. The project is a key part of Waterfront Toronto’s $1.1 billion dollar master planned development of this 13-acre site, featuring two million square feet of residential, commercial and cultural uses.

“Inspired by the scale and intimacy of a family home, we envision this new project as a vertical neighbourhood on the shore of Lake Ontario," said Kim Herforth Nielsen. "The design puts people first, paying particular attention to the quality of views, space and lifestyle. The development will command extraordinary views of the water, neighbouring parks, and the city skyline.”

Located along the water’s edge, on Queen’s Quay East in the city’s East Bayfront neighbourhood, its distinctive L-shaped design will define the new condominium. This shape ensures not only views out across the water for residents, but allows ample natural light to reach the public areas at ground level. Featuring a dynamic architectural form, the building steps down from its highest point at its north-western point where it meets the city edge, to an amenity space on the 7th floor, before rising back up towards its eastern façade.

“While the stepped L-shape form provides a sculptural quality to the building, the large garden terraces are the hallmark of the design,” Herforth Nielsen noted. The terraces will activate the façade, enlivening it with texture, colour, depth and variety, while imbuing it with a human scale.”

Selected as the building’s Design Architects, following a design competition, 3XN will be working with Toronto-based architecture firm, Kirkor Architects, who will serve as the project’s Architect of Record.

“The design competition resulted in some truly inspiring visions, from some of the world’s leading architecture firms,” said Michael Gross, Senior Construction Manager, Hines.  “But it was quickly clear to the selection committee that 3XN had not only presented a compelling design, but one that understood the site’s importance to the city and its waterfront regeneration process; the singular opportunities created by its location along the water’s edge; and the market demands of Toronto’s sophisticated condominium consumer.”

“The anticipated launch of this beautiful new condominium will serve to further distinguish and define what has quickly become Toronto’s best new neighbourhood,” said Andrew DelZotto, of Tridel. “Together with Hines, Tridel is thrilled to welcome 3XN to Toronto, and excited by what the firm will mean to the city’s future.”

Nick Myall
News Editor

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