Let's take a look towards the city's west end in today's instalment of Project of the Day. Hive Lofts on the Queensway, by Symmetry Developments is bringing urban mid-rise design to a formerly-sleepy, yet currently-developing area in south Etobicoke.

Hive Lofts

Hive Lofts is designed by Teeple Architects, reaches six storeys and contains 20 units. The project offers a variety of units, from smaller bachelors to spacious two-bedroom-plus dens. Units will have 9- to ten-foot concrete ceilings, expansive floor-to-ceiling windows and unique views framed by the exterior cladding's dramatic forms.

Upper floor suite interior and balcony

The architecture of Hive has been receiving rave reviews; the exterior is a balance of glass and zinc panels that diagonally reach across the building, reflecting the terracing on the backside of the structure. The angular zinc panels are sure to create some great framing and decorating opportunities for those lucky enough to snag one of the few remaining units in what is sure to be an iconic building on The Queensway.

Detail of zinc panels

The mid-rise building provides a great example to which developers and architects should be paying close attention; the city's Avenues and Mid-Rise Buildings Study plan encourages mid-rise development along more urban streets rather than high-rise glass towers. We can only hope to see projects of similar innovation arising along College, Queen, St. Clair and Eglinton.

Street level detail and entrance

Hive Lofts has been receiving positive reviews from forum members, who applaud not only the bold architecture but the innovative and thoughtfully laid-out floor plans. Leave us your two-cents about the project below, check out the dataBase to see more renderings and floorplans, and check out what Forum members are saying on the project forum here.

Related Companies:  DKStudio, Symmetry Developments, Teeple Architects