ingels-big-toronto-1 Rendering: BIG via Globe & Mail

Early renderings of Bjarke Ingels Group’s vision for a mixed-use project in Toronto’s Fashion District have begun trickling out.

This first look at the design scheme reveals an expansive cubist structure with tree-topped apartments creating wavelike formations of concrete and glass.

The proposal from the firm, founded by Danish starchitect Bjarke Ingels in 2005, is for a joint King Street West project from Canadian developers Westbank and Allied Properties.

The site stretches from 489 to 539 King Street West, forming a large site with Portland Street to the west and Spadina Avenue to the east.

One of two renderings presents a partially covered plaza at grade, including more green space and a continuation of the block motif overhead.

In an article accompanying the fresh renderings, Alex Bozikovic, architecture critic for the Globe & Mail, noted similarities between Ingels’ proposal and Moshe Safdie’s Habitat 67.

ingels-big-toronto-2 Rendering: BIG via Globe & Mail

The latter, an iconic housing development built for Montreal’s 1967 International and Universal Exposition, or Expo 67, features modular units not unlike the ones depicted in Ingels latest effort.

Ingels is no stranger to iconic design. His recent assignments include two striking forthcoming Manhattan developments: 2 World Trade Center, a gleaming 80-plus-storey tower with cascading sky gardens, and the 65-storey terrace-laden skyscraper The Spiral.

Bjarke Ingels Group’s inaugural Toronto proposal includes commercial space and more than 500 units spread out over the 725,000-square-foot site, according to the Globe & Mail.

In Canada, Ingels has already made his mark on Calgary’s skyline with Telus Sky and Vancouver’s Vancouver House, both residential developments from Westbank.

Westbank and Allied Properties announced in August that the group would be the architect for the project.

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