Developers Tridel and Hines announced the selection of Danish architecture firm 3XN to design the next phase of their Bayside waterfront community at a media event earlier today. Held inside the Bayside sales centre at 261 Queens Quay East, the event included a presentation by Kim Herforth Nielsen, 3XN principal and senior partner, to unveil the initial images of the proposed new building.
The Danish firm was chosen through an international design competition and will be working alongside Toronto-based Kirkor Architects, who will serve as the project’s Architect of Record.
“The design competition resulted in some truly inspiring visions from some of the world’s leading architecture firms,” said Michael Gross, Hines Bayside Program Director. “But it was quickly clear to the selection committee that 3XN had not only presented a compelling design, but also one that understood the site’s importance to the City and the revitalization of the waterfront; the singular opportunities created by its location along the water’s edge; and the market demands of Toronto’s sophisticated condominium consumer.”
The proposed design by 3XN features a unique L-shaped structure characterized by a geometric facade that steps down from its highest point on the northwestern edge, to an amenity level on the seventh floor, and rises back up towards the eastern edge.
A series of large garden terraces further enhance the facade, adding a sense of texture, nature, and variety. The final result is a dynamic architectural form that maximizes waterfront views for residents while allowing for natural light to the public areas at ground level.
“The design puts people first, paying particular attention to the quality of views, space and lifestyle,” explained Nielsen. “The development will command extraordinary views of the water, neighbouring parks, and the city skyline.”
When complete, the new building will be the third residential tower in the 13-acre master-planned community after the Arquitectonica-designed Aqualina and Aquavista towers, already under construction. The site will also house a mix of retail, entertainment and cultural venues including shops and restaurants, cafes, daycares, office space, and the 0.75 acre Aitken Place Park.
For more information, visit tridel.com/aqualina