We’ve been waiting with bated breath for more details on The Carnaby to be revealed and today we can confidently announce that the timeless saying is true — good things really do come to those who wait.

What kind of good things? A brand new, full-tower rendering of The Carnaby!

The new Streetcar Development and Dundee Realty project first caught our attention back in February when they unveiled a slick ad that channeled a distinctly English vibe. Those who know their London geography will recognize that Carnaby Street is a pedestrianised shopping street in the city’s hip Soho district.

The twenty storey tower will rise above Queen West near Gladstone Avenue, fitting in nicely with Streetcar’s 8 Gladstone and 2 Gladstone projects.

TACT Architecture will be handling The Carnaby‘s design. They hope to foster the dynamic and cutting edge vibe that Queen West exudes and create a foot-friendly new block in the connecting laneway between the three developments.

The Carnaby is an exclamation point at the end of the laneway,” says Monika Jaroszonek, the senior designer at TACT. “Envision bicyclists, strollers, dogs, everyone sharing a well-designed space where you can sit and read, have a coffee, cut through to get to the part — it encourages the existing character of the area, with its culture, arts, and small studio spaces. But it’s also a brand new, active urban block.”

The new building’s design will share some design elements with 2 Gladstone and 8 Gladstone to create a sense of continuity. However, The Carnaby will sport many flourishes that will allow it to maintain its unique character.

“We wanted to contrast the two volumes of the tower,” says Jaroszonek.

It’s anchored by a dark-clad podium and will read as pure glass and light on the north portion. The tower will also boast crisp vertical details on the balconies that will transition seamlessly into lobby details at lower levels.

Sounds like a fine addition to the growing Streetcar community at Queen and Gladstone and naturally, another fine addition to the burgeoning Queen West ‘hood.

Suites at The Carnaby start in the mid $200,000s. For more more info call 416 690 9009 or email info@carnabylofts.com. Click here to visit the website.

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