Frank Gehry unveils new photos of his first residential tower in Canada
Great Gulf Group, Dream and Westdale Properties have revealed renderings of Frank Gehry’s latest architecture in Toronto, Canada. Set to leave a mark on the city skyline, FormThe architect’s first residential tower in Canada and his tallest building to date soaring 73 stories and featuring a carefully designed Gehry lobby along with a stunning custom art installation that reflects his visionary approach, Plus interiors by international design studio Paolo Ferrari.
Forma’s design will define the urban space along King Street and Duncan Street in Toronto, creating a new visual dynamism and movement on the skyline. The relationship between the volumes of the surrounding buildings, as well as the void between the towers, changes as spectators move around the site, creating an effect that is further amplified by the choice of materials and geometry of the façade. The resulting visual fluidity becomes more dynamic throughout the day due to the sun’s reflection on the metal.
Since the architect was born in Toronto, it was important for Forma’s design to honor some of the buildings that were important to him growing up, like Old City Hall, where the architectural definition and sandstone texture helped create an air of gravitas. This inspired the design of the façade as well as the lobby, which is inspired by the Group of Seven and the relationships between the landscape and the identity of Canada.
Frank Gehry unveils a new design for the Colburn Center in Los Angeles
I’m a Toronto traditionalist, because I remember Osgoode Hall, University Avenue, the Parliament Buildings, and the Royal York Hotel. There’s a Toronto feel I had as a kid, and I wanted that to be in the DNA of our design. Every city in the world has its own light and the light is modified by the buildings in the city. I wanted this building to capture the essence of Toronto. Not like anywhere else. The light is different. Heritage is different. It’s a different place. I hope this is what people see when they search. – Frank Gehry, Gehry Partners LLP
The choice of materials in the east tower lobby provides a counterpoint to the tower’s stainless steel with curved wood furniture and details, complemented by limestone cladding on the walls and floors. A sculptural installation designed by Gehry’s design team dominates the ceiling, offering a shimmering motif of maple leaves visible from the street. Following the same vocabulary for the façade, alternating metal and glass canopies wrap the corners of both towers at street level, maximizing the public realm with an active street façade by providing coverage for potential future commercial tenants.
The rest of the interior spaces were designed by Studio Paolo Ferrari, who provided designs that were a metaphor for the city. The interiors strike a balance between spaces that feel lively with calm others. Amenity spaces throughout the tower highlight the importance of a user-centered approach, reflecting how future residents will live in and use the spaces. Rather than concentrating on amenities in one area of the building, spaces are grouped thematically and strategically located throughout, creating more intimate and accessible spaces. Hospitality and leisure facilities are grouped in the Grand Suite on 73Research and development floor, taking advantage of the panoramic views. The grand suite features a chef’s kitchen, interconnecting entertainment rooms and an intimate stage.
Creator’s Club features a multi-functional co-working space, which transforms from private and semi-private spaces to more open spaces for work and collaboration. An adjacent Maker’s Studio provides space for hands-on tasks, crafts and hobbies, while a soundproofed recording studio allows creators to record podcasts or work on social media videos and other creations. The Health and Wellness Retreat features a spa, warm gray stone jacuzzi, and sauna, which complement a warm, energetic fitness studio complete with state-of-the-art equipment, including a dedicated Spin Room.