Here's what Frank Gehry is planning for two new Toronto skyscrapers

Feb 11 2021, 11:17 am

Two new Toronto skyscrapers designed by famed Canadian architect Frank Gehry could soon be towering over King Street West.

The project has been a long time coming, with an original proposal filed in 2012, but updated architectural plans were filed recently for the two-tower development, which will be located at 260 King Street West, and show a somewhat changed design.

Although the development will still consist of two towers with stacked asymmetrical boxes, new renderings of the 91- and 81-storey towers depict a slightly more refined, sleek look with less of a metal grate appearance than previous designs had.

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The initial plans for the towers, filed in 2012, called for three curved, sculpture-inspired towers, but the design was changed in 2014 to two rectangular towers instead.

The project, tentatively referred to as The Gehry Project by the development team, will occupy the space where the Mirvish Princess of Wales Theatre currently sits.

Original plans called for the theatre to be demolished, but newer plans have now incorporated it into the design.

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The towers, in addition to having a combined total of 2,087 condos, will house facilities for OCAD University, retails space, and either a hotel or offices. The development will be Gehry’s tallest project to date.

The condo units will be one- and two-bedrooms and are expected to go up for sale in 2022, well before the project’s 2028 estimated completion. Exact prices haven’t yet been announced but, according to the project’s website, one-bedrooms will start at $700,000 and two-bedrooms at $1.5 million.

Anyone who chooses to buy one of the luxury units in these Toronto skyscrapers will also be able to enjoy the building’s lounges, restaurants, pool, recreational areas, fitness centre, and spa.

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Gehry presented his updated design plans during a February 10 meeting that included City Councillor Joe Cressy and Bousfields Inc., the planner behind the project.

None of the parties involved in the project have yet announced when construction is expected to start, but with 2028 set at the completion date, we can expect some movement on it in the not too distant future.