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.
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.
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.”
Apartments will range from one to three bedrooms, offering a variety of layouts and private terraces.
BIG is working with developers Westbank and Allied REIT on the project.
News via The Globe and Mail