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The start of a new year is the perfect time to reflect on the high points of the last 365 days. According to the Globe and Mail’s roundup of 2013’s best new building projects, Sixty Colborne is one such high point thanks to architect Peter Clewes’ “unusual contextual approach” to the condo’s design.

Famous for his work on a number of top-tier Toronto buildings, Clewes was recently nominated for a Governor General’s Medal in Urban Design for his work on the Thompson Hotel and Residences. And now his firm architectsAlliance has teamed up with Freed Developments once again for Sixty Colborne near St. Lawrence Market.

Situated near a number of Victorian buildings, Clewes decided to design the 25-storey condo in such a way that it nods to its historic neighbours, while still remaining fully modern. Consider the unique podium, which will echo the colours of the area’s historic red-brick structures with a deep orange facade. As the Globe and Mail notes, the windows at the base will also be set back from their frames, just like the century-old structures.

In an earlier interview with the newspaper, Clewes explained, “I could have done a 40-storey green glass building, something generic. But I am not trying just to be different. I’m trying to make a contextual response.”

The interiors will also be thoughtfully designed. Johnson Chou, a multi-disciplinary firm with a laundry list of awards, will be behind the suite layouts and common spaces.

The condo’s neighbourhood is famous for its heritage architecture and will be steps from sites commonly found on Toronto postcards such as the Flatiron building, the St. Lawrence Market and St. Lawrence Hall.

The location is also hard to match with restaurants and boutiques along King West, streetcar service and Union Station just west of the condo.

Residences start from $299,900.

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