King Blue Condominiums will incorporate a special component that will distinguish it from other new developments in the area. The Theatre Museum Canada will be housed in the complex's lobby off the central courtyard, with exhibit space on the second floor. This second floor space will have an exterior characterized by contrasting framing and will pay homage to the historical Westinghouse building façade, which will become part of the King Blue's lobby. The museum currently has no permanent home, showing exhibits in temporary locations or online.
The museum's location in Toronto's Entertainment District is significant, as the area is home to several prominent performing arts centres. Toronto is the third largest home of live theatre in the world, after London and New York.
Theatre Musuem Canada's Exectutive Director, Michael Wallace hopes that King Blue's residents and visitors to Toronto will see the museum as a "front door to theatre in Toronto," and he sees a permanent home for the museum as "an extraordinary opportunity for us to bring in year-round programming that ties into school curricula, and builds off all the fantastic theatre that's happening in the city of Toronto."
Developers Easton's Group and Remington bring King Blue Condos to 355 King Street West, with two towers of 48 and 44 storeys designed by Page & Steele/IBI Group Architects. It will be a truly mixed-use development, with residences, a hotel, retail space and institutional uses. This area of the city is attracting attention with a lot of construction activity going on. Nearby developments inlcude Cinema Tower, The Mercer, and the proposed Mirvish+Gehry Toronto project.
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