3XN makes waves in Toronto

3XN has won a competition to design a waterfront condo that honours the waves as Toronto's rebirth continues

by Nick Myall 01 November 2017
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    Toronto is currently going through an unprecedented wave of urban development including the Sidewalk Toronto project which aims to create a smart neighbourhood on the city's waterfront. At the same time Tridel and Hines have commissioned 3XN to design a building on the formerly industrial East Bayfront area in Toronto as part of the on going process to revive this tired stretch of waterfront. The project has just been through the second design review panel and is expected to start construction by the end of 2018.

    Anchoring the Eastern edge of the Bayside Development on Toronto’s Revitalised Waterfront, ’The Waves’ at Bayside is born out of its spectacular lakeside location. Its playful façade is a reflection of the waves across Lake Ontario. The building is 3XN’s second significant residential development on Toronto's waterfront, located right next to the Copenhagen based firm’s first North American project; Aquabella. The unique aspects of the site constraints have been the primary driver behind the building design, massing, and terraces strategy. In anticipation of the DRP and City Approvals process, the building is positioned to be a good neighbour to the surrounding, respecting its views and sightlines. The building is shaped as a landscape with two high points and a valley in-between. By shifting these two "peaks" slightly apart - 3XN was able to maximize waterfront views from each unit. As the building steps back on higher floors, a large percentage of the suites benefit from the steps becoming spacious terraces. Within the "valley" of the project, the building's shared amenities are found; both indoor spaces such as community rooms, along with an expansive deck space with an outdoor pool.

    Activating the waterfront

    Toronto’s waterfront is undergoing tremendous change, and the Bayside development is a central role in its revitalisation. The podium of the building will have a continuous double height façade facing towards the promenade, with a through-block connection as an extension of Edgewater Drive. 3XN proposes various public functions (such as a rowing club) at the podium to activate the waterfront along with different restaurants and cafes. The activation of the waterside edge has been a central part of the design process, The Waves at Bayside should be beneficial for the residents and contribute to the betterment of the City of Toronto itself.

    Smart community

    Waves at Bayside is located on the edge of Google’s parent company Alphabet’s newly announced smart community project named Quayside, driven by its subsidiary Sidewalk Labs. The community will span the entire 3,200,000 sq m (800-acre) waterfront area once completed. Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto have imagined a neighbourhood that would incorporate high-tech systems to help solve current city issues, like a lack of affordable housing, traffic congestion and safety, and environmental impact.

    Nick Myall

    News editor


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