489 King West Condos489-539 King Street West, Downtown, Toronto, Toronto Division, ON, Canada
489 King West Condos is a new pre-construction condo project located at 489-539 King Street West In downtown Toronto. Major Interection at Spadina Avenue and King Street West. Development by Westbank Corp. The project Feature with a 17-storey condo tower.
489 King West Condos Highlight:
- right in the heart of the entertainment district
- close to Loblaw supermarket
- Step to the TTC stop
- Close to the best restaurants, bar and entertainment
- Close to University Of Toronto
- CLose to 5 Of the major hospital
489 King West Condos team described the design’s “soft topography” as a human-made homage to mountainous landscapes. The residential volumes—which rise to a maximum height of 17 storeys—would be clad in “stone natural to Ontario,” said the Danish architect.
The project’s massing strategy sees the modern volumes set back from the heritage buildings along King Street, preserving their street-level prominence while visually inviting pedestrians into the “secret courtyard” within. Ingels described the greenscaped space as a “Canadian hemlock forest.” Alongside the extensive landscaping—appointed by Public Work—Ingels’s design allows for “integrated public art throughout the courtyard,” giving the art a more vital presence in BIG’s manufactured landscape.
Describing BIG’s architectural style as a manifestation of “pragmatic idealism,” Ingels presented the project as both an icon and a powerful social incubator. Yet, while the declarative design would certainly give the city an impressive new icon, the social impact of the project is more difficult to predict.
While much of the Bjarke Ingels Group’s (BIG) portfolio is characterized by the sort of big-name architectural statement pieces that are sometimes—perhaps justifiably—derided as showy and self-indulgent, Ingel’s presentation elucidated a deftly sophisticated grasp of the social ramifications of built form.
It’s a design that has been widely well-received by Mycondopro readers as well, garnering an enthusiastic reception from our Forum members. 489 King West Condost is undoubtedly one of our city’s most exciting upcoming developments, and it is one that is almost certain to become an architectural icon for Toronto. Perhaps it will even succeed in fulfilling Ingel’s vision of making the modern city a more vibrant and socially cohesive space, if not quite the landscape of our collective dreams.
489 King West Condos has a Walk Score of 99 out of 100. Transit Score of 100 out of 100. This location is in the Waterfront Communities-The Island neighborhood in Toronto. Nearby parks include FIXME, Clarence Square and Carr Street Parkette.
489 King West Condos Property Details
- UNIT SIZES: 1bed, 2 bed and 3 bed