As Toronto’s bustling Entertainment District continues to thrive and evolve, the development of Remington and the Easton's Group's King Blue Condominiums will contribute to the ongoing changes in a significant way. Situated just to the west of the downtown core alongside King Street’s ‘Restaurant Row’, the area is home to world class theatres, arts centres, cultural and family attractions, the home venues of major league sports teams, and an array of restaurants, clubs and bars. To call King Blue Condominiums’ surrounding neighbourhood ‘vibrant’ seems almost an understatement.
The project consists of two towers and podiums of differing heights designed by Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects. Phase one, occupying the southern half of the site, has a 44 storey tower with 399 units. The second phase to the north is taller at 48 storeys and 408 units. Suites in Phase One are currently being sold. The sale of units at Phase Two is yet to be announced.
The podium of the southern tower, called Westinghouse Lofts, features 455 to 953 square foot loft units occupying floors 3 to 8. The availability of both one and two bedroom suites will appeal to both the upwardly mobile seeking to avail themselves of the surrounding nightlife; as well as small—yet no doubt hip—young families.
The second floor of the podium will be taken up by the Theatre Museum of Canada. A particularly unique feature for a condominium development, this roughly 9,000 square foot space will be Canada’s only museum devoted to the history of the performing arts.
Though not housing a museum, the podium of the second phase on the northern half of the site is also designed with history in mind. In this case, it is the architectural legacy of the area’s industrial past. The podium will incorporate two restored facades of the Canadian Westinghouse Building on King Street West. Constructed in two phases between 1927 and 1935, the 6 storey art deco building served as warehouse and district office for the Westinghouse company when the area was dominated by factories and manufacturing.
The two podiums frame a central 'porte-cochère' courtyard that will connect the two lobbies and provide a very urban, communal space for residents to interact. Porte-cochère is a French term originally used to describe an entrance or gateway to a building through which a coach could be driven into an interior courtyard. They were common features during the reigns of Kings Louis XIV and XV of France.
The amenities at King Blue were designed by Munge Leung and contribute to the decidedly downtown lifestyle that the area represents. The rooftop patio includes not only a lounge, fire pits and exotic water feature, but also boasts a private garden and even an art gallery. Seven floors above the bustle of the city, residents can take a dip in the pool, step through the glass doors for a drink at the patio bar and enjoy the view. There will also be a fitness centre, multimedia room and guest suites. The lobby will be a mix of cozy and sleek with stylish furnishings alongside a long, luxurious fireplace.
In some sense, the arrival of the King Blue Condominiums on King Street West is another indication that this part of Toronto has come full circle. In the early part of the 19th century, before the railway to the south brought the factories and warehouses, the area was primarily a fashionable residential and shopping district. Looks like it’s regaining it’s former panache.
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