In Toronto's fast-paced condo market, marketing tools such as presentation centres and model suites have been subject to an evolutionary arms race of sorts. Today's condo buyer needs far more than just floorplans and sketches to consider investing. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the value of a scale model is immeasurable. Remington Homes and Easton's Group have taken this to heart for their new project, King Blue Condominiums, a twin-tower mixed-use development at 355 King St West. King Blue will consist of a 48-storey north tower and a 44-storey south tower, set atop a podium which will utilize the historic facade of the Westinghouse Building at King and Blue Jays Way. The Page + Steele / IBI Group-designed project will contain first-class retail at grade, an Easton's Group Hotel, a new Toronto attraction the Theatre Museum Canada, residential units above, and countless resort-style amenities. Today we take an in depth look at the scale model displayed in the King Blue presentation center.   

Scale model of King Blue Condos - Image by Jack Landau

King Blue's podium will be centered around the facade of the historic Canadian Westinghouse Building. Built in two stages between 1927 and 1935, this 6-storey, yellow brick building's north and west facades will be preserved and incorporated into the project. Charcoal-black bricks have been chosen for the new portions of the podium to provide a pleasant contrast with the heritage portion, while terra cotta frames will echo those on the heritage facade. The complex's pool can be seen below in the pavilion on the roof of the Westinghouse podium.

Westinghouse facade at the northwest corner of the podium - Image by Jack Landau

The bulk of Theatre Museum Canada's space in the complex will be on the second floor of the southern half of the podium, with long windows overlooking Mercer Street and Blue Jays Way. 

South end of the podium - Future home of Theatre Museum Canada - Image by Jack Landau

Theatre Museum Canada window at Mercer and Blue Jays Way - Image by Craig White

Splitting the complex into north and south halves is a courtyard accessed off lanes to the east, and via this porte cochère connected to Blue Jays Way.

King Blue's unique driveway - Image by Jack Landau

Overview of the podium terraces at King Blue - Image by Craig White

The roof of the south podium will feature a 5,000 square foot garden, patio and rooftop bar.

Southern podium rooftop garden - Image by Jack Landau

Northeast terrace - Image by Jack Landau

The north and south towers, standing at 48 and 44 storeys respectively, will add further density to the bustling entertainment district.  

The towers of King Blue Condominiums - Image by Jack Landau

The finished product, with interiors by Munge Leung, will add 807 units to an ever changing stretch of King Street west.  Along with nearby developments such as Charlie, Cinema Tower, Theatre Park and the proposed Mirvish+Gehry project, King Blue Condominiums will help to add even more life to an already vibrant neighbourhood.

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