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King West Towers by Bjarke Ingels

New Stacked Blocks Skyscraper Building in Ontario, Canada – design by BIG Architects

23 Feb 2016

King West Towers by Bjarke Ingels in Toronto

Design: BIG Architects

Location: King Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

King West Towers by Bjarke Ingels

Bjarke Ingels Group has imagined a community of ‘pixellated’ modules harkening back to the utopianism of Expo 1967’s Habitat, reports

How can architecture create communities?” That’s the title of a public talk Bjarke Ingels will deliver this week, and it captures the ambition of BIG’s design for a site on downtown Toronto’s King Street West.

King West Towers by BIG Toronto

This Toronto complex by BIG blends an unusual stack-of-blocks form. The stpped form is reminiscent of their world-famous 8 House Copenhagen.

Closer to Toronto another similar architectural design is ‘West 57th Street’ (link after this article), a 600-unit 80/20 residential building – Bjarke Ingels Group’s inaugural North American project.

The still-unnamed project for developers Westbank and Allied REIT comprises about 725,000 square feet, with more than 500 apartment units. That represents very high density on this site.

King West Towers by BIG Toronto

The proposal by BIG is for a highly sculptural courtyard building: seen from above it is a hollow rectangle. But the higher levels of the building are not flat slabs. Instead they break down into a grid of 12-x-12-foot modules – which Bjarke Ingels calls a “pixelated” pattern – and spun at 45 degrees, so the walls and windows look out at oblique angles.

These stacks step back like a ziggurat to form five “peaks” around the site, reaching to between 15 and 17 storeys. On the upper levels, they would house apartments of one to three bedrooms.

King West Towers by BIG Toronto

Developers are considering cladding the exterior of the building with some sort of light-coloured stone. The approach to the heritage buildings on site will need to be very carefully modulated: these will have to be rebuilt, but should remain as discrete pieces within the design. The design adds a complex weave of public and private spaces underneath and within the heart of the building itself. The stacking also reminds me of the Zira Zero Island in Azerbaijan by Bjarke Ingels.

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