BIG Designs Moshe Safdie-Inspired Habitat for Toronto

BIG Designs Moshe Safdie-Inspired Habitat for Toronto, Courtyard. Image © BIG
Courtyard. Image © BIG

BIG has unveiled plans for a new residential development on downtown Toronto's King Street West. A "ziggurat" designed to "create communities," as The Globe and Mail says, "Toronto 2.0" features two "pixilated" towers likened to Moshe Safdie's Habitat 67

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© BIG

With five "peaks" ranging from 15 to 17 stories, the cascading development will be comprised of 12-by-12 foot modules that stack to form more than 500 units. Residents will be connected to the building's central courtyard and street via a network of public and private pathways.  

Courtyard. Image © BIG
Courtyard. Image © BIG

As Bjarke Ingels describes, the typology “that has dominated Toronto development over the last decades is the tower and podium. What we’re trying to do is retain the street wall at a level familiar to King Street, and then have the peaks step back from there.”

Interior. Image © BIG
Interior. Image © BIG

Apartments will range from one to three bedrooms, offering a variety of layouts and private terraces. 

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© BIG

BIG is working with developers Westbank and Allied REIT on the project. 

Habitat 2.0 50 years after Moshe Safdie at King Street West, Toronto

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News via The Globe and Mail

Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "BIG Designs Moshe Safdie-Inspired Habitat for Toronto" 29 Feb 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/782886/big-designs-moshe-safdie-inspired-habitat-for-toronto/>