While Toronto’s architecture is often crowded with the ordinary, an innovative architectural design is attracting some attention. Core Architects' design for 210 Bloor Street West was recently celebrated with not one, not two, but three prestigious awards. This pre-construction, mixed-use condominium from Tribute Communities is planned for the north side of Bloor Street West, between Bedford and Avenue roads, and will rise across from the Royal Ontario Museum. Its wins at the Global Future Design Awards 2024, A'Design Award and Competition, and WAN Awards Americas recognizes its unique design features.

Looking northwest to 210 Bloor Street West, designed by Core Architects for Tribute Communities

Set to rise 29 storeys / 114.8m, and house 42 residential units, its striking architectural features break from conventional designs to earn its trifecta of awards. The renderings showcase a distinct and dynamic, segmented facade that is comprised of triangular, tessellated panels, reaching out to the lot lines on both the east and west sides. These panels boast reflective surfaces that play with light and shadow, creating a visual experience that changes throughout the day.

The north and south facades of the building are lined with sheltered balconies that introduce a rhythm of progressive recesses, adding depth and texture to the building’s overall aesthetic. Situated on the Bloor Street West corridor with its cultural, educational, and recreational amenities along the south side, 210 Bloor West is set to house retail space, preserving the commercial strip along the north side.

An aerial view looking south to 210 Bloor Street West, designed by Core Architects for Tribute Communities

In recognition of Core’s work, the development was recognized as a Gold Winner in the 'Urban Design & Architecture Design' category at the Global Future Design Awards 2024. This accolade celebrates the building's innovative approach to urban design. The award, bestowed by Architecture Press Release (APR), a leading body in global architecture press, highlights the project's significant contributions to the architectural field. The tessellated facade was particularly lauded.

Further affirming its architectural merit, 210 Bloor Street West garnered the distinction of winning the ‘Architecture, Building and Structure Design 2023-2024’ category as part of the A'Design Award and Competition. This award highlights the project's role in redefining the urban typology of boutique residential condominiums, which emphasizes privacy and autonomy akin to private homes. Celebrated for its unique blend of private luxury and architectural innovation, the building introduces just one or two units per floor, catering to a growing demand for exclusive living spaces in dense urban neighbourhoods like The Annex.

210 Bloor Street West's win streak continued with the World Architecture News (WAN) Awards Americas, being named a winner in the Future Projects — Residential category. The judging panel highlighted the building's adept efforts in handling a very challenging site, and praised its "elegant proportions and successful expression.” The WAN Awards Americas recognized the organization of residential suites and the customizable living spaces that offer residents a unique opportunity to personalize their environments. The building's triangulated facade was noted for its sophistication and its contribution to the architectural dialogue.

An aerial view looking southwest to 210 Bloor Street West, designed by Core Architects for Tribute Communities

Organized by APR, the Global Future Design Awards bring together innovative projects from around the world, celebrating advances in architectural creativity and urban planning. The A'Design Award and Competition, held annually in Italy, is renowned for spotlighting outstanding design across various disciplines. The WAN Awards focuses on honouring visionary architecture and projects across the globe.

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