UrbanToronto member SLOCRO recently stopped by the excavation site for Fashion House, the latest condominium project by Freed Developments to go under construction on King Street West. The modern 12-storey structure, designed by Toronto's Core Architects, is a series of stacked glass and steel boxes which wrap around the historic three-storey Toronto Silverplate building, restored to its 1882 beauty. A wing will extend north to Adelaide Street. Let's get a look at the site's current condition first.

A photo of the excavation site for Fashion Houseimage courtesy of SLOCRO

A photo of the excavation site for Fashion Houseimage courtesy of SLOCRO

The ramp for the Fashion House excavation site.image courtesy of SLOCRO

The building will look like this from the southeast when complete.

This is the final rendering of the finished Fashion House CondoFreed Developments / Core Architects / Designstor

Initially Fashion House was meant to have 14 floors, and uniform lipstick-red curtains lining the floor-to-ceiling windows. The City said no to 14 floors, and it seems that Freed has had second thoughts about the red curtains. (Inside the units, the curtains would have presented a white backing.) Here's the original look from the same vantage point.

This is the initial rendering of the 14 floor version of Fashion House CondoFreed Developments / Core Architects / Designstor

Here's the original proposal from the southwest...

This is the south west view of the original version of Fashion House CondoFreed Developments / Core Architects / Designstor

and an aerial view from the southeast. You can see in this image that Morrison Street would be continued from mid-block south to King Street as a woonerf.

This is the aerial view of the original version of Fashion House CondoFreed Developments / Core Architects / Designstor

While the building will look very similar to the older renderings - pretty much simply 2 storeys shorter - common areas should look the same as the original plan. Below is the lobby, and below that the raised infinity pool on the building's 10th floor skypark terrace.

This is a rendering of the Fashion House lobby.Freed Developments / Core Architects / Designstor

This is a rendering of the Fashion House roof otp pool.Freed Developments / Core Architects / Designstor

Suites in the complex will use, in some instances, modern built-ins to act as room dividers, such as in the rendering below.

This is a rendering of a sample Fashion House suiteFreed Developments / Core Architects / Designstor

What's your take on Fashion House? Do you like what you see? Red curtains to the street... or white? Leave a comment here, or join in the discussion in UrbanToronto's thread for the project by clicking on the link below.

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