In the years since a 2010 rezoning application was filed for the redevelopment of a then-new LCBO location at King and Spadina in Downtown Toronto, the plan has cycled through a number of designs and changing development partners along the way. Finally coming to market by the team of Great Gulf and Terracap, a new design has been branded as Four Eleven King Condominiums, with a marketing page now teasing a first glimpse of the project's stepped 42-storey plan.
The single rendering posted on the project's new official website looks southeast across the intersection of King and Spadina to the building designed by KPMB Architects and Quadrangle. A 12-storey, masonry-clad base volume meets the intersection, matching the scale of the heritage buildings across Spadina to the west, as well as the base of 'The Taylor', currently under construction next door to the south. The King frontage of the stepped 6-storey heritage building at 401 King West is incorporated into the base as well, maintaining some the area's warehouse history.
The tower above takes a similar massing approach as The Taylor to the south, with a mid-tower stepback that transitions the massing down from the towers of the Entertainment District to the smaller scale of buildings in the King West area. Rounded tower floorplates and a grid of copper-hued aluminum frames give the tower a distinct identity among its mostly square neighbours.
The new massing is likely the result of a settlement worked out with the City, though details currently remain under wraps. An LPAT case file for the project remains open, and no planning applications have yet been submitted in support of the new design. Despite this, the newly-introduced branding and marketing website now seeking registrations indicates that the project may soon be taking its final steps trough the planning process.
Additional information and images can be found in our database file for the project, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum thread, or leave a comment in the field provided at the bottom of this page.
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|Related Companies:||B+H Architects, Bousfields, DesignAgency, Ferris + Associates Inc., GBCA Architects, Great Gulf, KPMB Architects, Peter McCann Architectural Models Inc., Quadrangle, Terracap Management, Tridel, WSP|