The ROM is getting a tall and good looking cousin. Rising 32 storeys across the street from Daniel Libeskind's landmark addition to the Royal Ontario Museum, Exhibit condos, developed by partners Bazis, Plaza, and Metropia, and designed by architect Rosario (Roy) Varacalli, embraces its time and place and makes a virtue out of its sometimes controversial neighbour's angles. Seen from the air, the ROM and Exhibit will work together to form an exclamation mark, and that should translate into some real visual energy on Bloor Street itself (Renderings courtesy of Bazis International).

Photo courtesy of Bazis International

Move a little bit to the west, and you get this view of Exhibit, with its neighbours edited out, from the north end of Philosopher's Walk:

From a similar context to the one above, with trees removed, and shadowy neighbours - that's MuseumHouse ghosting in on the left for example - and some of the ROM's crystal on the right.

Photo: Bazis

Looking into the lobby from the street.

Photo courtesy of Bazis International

Looking out to the street from the lobby.

Photo courtesy of Bazis International

Ground floor plan.

Photo courtesy of Bazis International

We'll take the elevator up to the 10th. You'll see the fitness centre in the plan here, overlooking the 9th floor terrace.

Photo courtesy of Bazis International

Here's a peek at the gym and the cool-down lounge.

Photo courtesy of Bazis International

And one floor down, the amenities of the 9th floor in plan.

So, on the 9th floor, we'll start with the party room then zoom in. That's the outdoor terrace in behind of course.

The private dining area.

The bar.

And the terrace, looking back toward the party room.

So, let's move on to the opening, mostly focusing on the model (all photos by Craig White).

Roy Varacalli, architect of Exhibit and partner at Bazis, Barbara Lawlor, president of Baker Real Estate, and Michael Gold, president of Bazis

The Bloor Street frontage

Terraces where the cubes shift are quite large.

A laneway will be maintained between Exhibit and MuseumHouse.

The 9th storey rooftop garden sits above the integrated parking garage

The sales centre features touch screens which feature floor plans and full info about the project.

It was a big opening. Sales to the public still to come...

Exhibit will have 200 suites behind white-fritted glass balconies and terraces. Parking is hidden above ground in the integrated podium. Those purchasing south-facing suites in podium levels will be able to park on the same floor as their suite.

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This article was originally published in forum thread: Exhibit (200 Bloor W., Bazis/Plazacorp/Metropia, 32s, Varacalli) 

Related Companies:  Baker Real Estate Inc., Bazis, Bazis Group, Burdifilek, Metropia, NAK Design Group, Plaza, Rosario "Roy" Varacalli, Ryan Design International, TMG Builders