Now topped off at 15 storeys on a hip and active stretch of King Street West, Freed DevelopmentsThompson Residences is bringing an exciting presence to the neighbourhood with its bold design by Montreal-based Saucier + Perrotte Architects. The unfinished but structurally complete building already has a pronounced impact on its surroundings thanks to its 15-storey streetwall rising flush with the sidewalk on King Street, made engaging by its uniquely textured push-pull effect on windows that beautifully integrate the inset balconies on the south side.

Thompson Residences, Freed, Saucier + Perrotte Architects, TorontoThompson Residences viewed from the east on King Street, image by Forum contributor scamander24

Cladding now covers much of the building's northern and southern facades, and just a few units on the uppermost floors still await their exterior glazing. The push-pull effect is most pronounced on the side facing Stewart Street, pictured below, due to the deeper balconies here. 

Thompson Residences, Freed, Saucier + Perrotte Architects, TorontoView of Thompson Residences' south facade, image by Forum contributor urbandreamer

Installation of balcony rails and glazing is now under way as well. A look at some of the completed balconies shows that an identical tone of glazing is being used, with the same thin dark mullions used to frame the main window wall cladding used on the extruded "drawer" sections below. 

Thompson Residences, Freed, Saucier + Perrotte Architects, TorontoBalcony glazing at Thompson Residences, image by Forum contributor urbandreamer

Unlike much of the window wall cladding being applied to new developments around the city, the mullions used here are exceptionally thin and nearly flush with the glass they frame.

Thompson Residences, Freed, Saucier + Perrotte Architects, TorontoCladding progress at Thompson Residences, image by Forum contributor urbandreamer

While insulation is being applied to east and west walls of both buildings in advance of final cladding, glazing can now be seen covering a zig-zagging vertical strip on the west facade of the shorter Stewart Street building.

Thompson Residences, Freed, Saucier + Perrotte Architects, TorontoStewart Street side of Thompson Residences, image by Forum contributor urbandreamer

Once the development is completed later this year, Thompson Residences will add hundreds of residents and 408 condominium units to the increasingly lively King West District, known for an eclectic mix of shops, cafes and restaurants catering to the mostly twenty-something and thirty-something residents of the area. 

Thompson Residences, Freed, Saucier + Perrotte Architects, TorontoRendering of Thompson Residences' King Street frontage, image courtesy of Freed

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