It was only a few weeks ago that the city’s urban geeks went gaga over the first official rendering of King Blue Condos, the epic new twin tower development in the Entertainment District.
Blending modern and historic elements, King Blue‘s design will integrate the north and west facades of the six-storey Westinghouse building that sits at the corner of King West and Blue Jays Way. The architects making it happen? None other than the acclaimed Page + Steele IBI Group.
The firm was inspired by the Westinghouse building’s warehouse styling and the atypical terra cotta details when designing King Blue‘s twin towers.
“The podium responds to the scale and materiality of the Westinghouse building, without attempting to mimic it,” explained Mansoor Kazerouni, the firm’s executive vice president, in a press release. “Rather than try to match the brick, we chose to highlight it by introducing a darker brick.” The podiums flanking the historic facade will feature dark brick — a nod to the terra cotta frames of the Westinghouse building.
A glass reveal will separate the Westinghouse facade from the podium and a walkway will offer access to the feted central courtyard, a key component of the development. The street frontages will be lined with restaurants and shops, matching the street’s already vibrant landscape. Think Yorkville with a twist and you’ve got the vibe that King Blue will capture.
Complementing Page + Steele IBI Group’s sharp exterior will be Munge Leung, the sought-after interior design firm that continually turns heads for their modern and sophisticated design work.
Excited for this project to etch its imprint onto King West? How could you not be?