January 25, 2011
If you’re going to place a new building right across from one of North America’s most famous (infamous, say some) pieces of architecture, it better be able to hold its own.
Exhibit Definitive Residences [map] by Metropia Urban Landscapes, Plazacorp and Bazis Inc, which will stand at 200 Bloor Street West – right across from the Royal Ontario Museum – looks like it’ll be able to turn the rather daunting trick of conversing with both the avant-gardism of the museum and the more traditional aspects of the rest of the streetscape.
The 32-storey condominium tower will reportedly hold an intimate collection of 200 suites ranging from one-bedrooms to two-bedrooms plus a den.
The design credit goes to Roy Varacalli, the well-respected Toronto architect, who says that:
“Exhibit’s design addresses the buildings along Bloor Street, communicating an understated dialogue with Libeskind’s intervention on the ROM.”
As you can see from the rendering, the building is a stack of four slightly skewed cubes which together in their elegant haphazardness suggest a kind of ethereal beauty. For some reason we keep thinking that if Tilda Swinton was an architect, this is the building she would draw up.
As one last interesting design note, Exhibit doesn’t have underground parking. Instead, Mr. Varacalli attached an elegant eight-storey garage to the back of the building. The structure is tied smoothly to the other cubes by way of the same veil of frittered glass. Residents on the first eight floors can (almost) drive up to their door. Va-voom!
We’ll have lots more on Exhibit as the project rolls along, but for now know that the presentation office will open this spring and that suites will start in the $500s. Click over to the Exhibit website for more information.