Captured by Forum member urbandreamer, this photo shows 500 Wellington West nearing completion. With height often used as a metric for success, the intensification owing to the construction of new mid-rise buildings has often been overlooked. Carefully inserting themselves into the urban fabric, they complement rather than reinvent. While high-rise buildings can be the catalyst for the wholesale change of a neighbourhood, buildings of a modest density better echo the human scale of their more stable surroundings. Constructed by Freed Developments and designed by Core Architects, 500 Wellington Street West continues the intensification of the King West neighbourhood. Through a refreshing reliance on contemporary architecture, Freed avoids the clumsy references to past design movements that produce buildings that are architecturally weakened.  A developer that takes its role as a city builder seriously, Freed Developments continues its enrichment of the city with this small but sharply executed project.

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