In late November 2011 we were treated to early renderings of one of the most tantalizing new condominiums the Toronto market has seen in quite a while, Context King West. This complex at 620 King Street West includes property snaking through the block surrounded by Portland, Adelaide, and Bathurst streets, up to Adelaide. The narrow and staggered property connects to a mid-block street called Adelaide Place as well, and borders a number of houses and older warehouse and industrial buildings which have been mostly converted into offices, clubs, and chic restaurants like Buca. While it's a challenging site, Context Developments and designers Hariri Pontarini Architects were evidently more than up for he challenge as those first renderings found a lot of love on UrbanToronto. Here is one of the originals:
It's time to open your hearts up again, and maybe even wider: new renderings are ready in advance of the building's planned March launch, and we have them for you, naturally! Below, a similar view, somewhat more sun-kissed, featuring much more thought about the various roofs, and many other refinements:
Here's a new view from the opposite corner, this time looking to the northeast.
The image above gives us a good look at the courtyard which runs the length of the site along the west side of the building, and gives us an idea of how this complex will embrace existing buildings on the site. While another early view was an image of the courtyard at ground level, that one has been updated and enhanced too. Here's the new version:
The heavy brick arches at ground level really captured our imagination back in November: few projects mesh the arch with Toronto's more typical rectilinearity, and few mesh bricks with the precast we see above; not so succesfully at least. In this case, this building looks positively romantic. Below, more new views:
UrbanToronto has more to look at in our dataBase listing for Context King West, included many detailed views. You can see those by clicking the link below, and you can get in on the coversation by choosing the link to the Projects and Construction Forum thread.