3XN won a contest to create a residential condominium in Toronto, Canada. The Danish company will build two towers with undulating balconies inspired by the waters of the adjacent lake.
Tridel and Hines, the developers of the project, held the contest for the housing complex which comes as a step in the development of East Bayfront. East Bayfront is an old industrial area in Toronto that will be developed into a novel community dubbed Bayside.
3XN’s proposal of the Waves at Bayside condominium, located by Lake Ontario, arranges the towers so that they don’t block the lake views of the surrounding buildings.
The two buildings are 60 and 59 meters high, and they provide balconies for each occupant. The undulating terraces are a “reflection of the waves across Lake Ontario” as declared by 3XN.
“The building is shaped as a landscape with two high points and a valley in-between,” the firm commented. “By shifting these two ‘peaks’ slightly apart, 3XN was able to maximize waterfront views from each unit.”
A raised communal plaza will be established atop the concaving part in the middle of the condominium, while the bottom floors will accommodate different public amenities.
The walls opposite to the lake’s promenade will be glazed to be in keeping with the adjacent marine environment. An underground passageway will also be available across the middle of the building to facilitate the passage of pedestrians.
Construction is expected to be complete in 2019. The project ‘Waves at Bayside’ is the last of four residential complexes designed for the development of the area. The other three developmental projects include one, that was also created by 3XN, featuring an L-shaped condo building. Arquitectonica, an American architectural firm, designed the other two projects.
Waterfront Toronto will supervise the project in addition to another project that involves constructing a technological area created by Alphabet Inc.—parent company of Google. The hi-tech area, which is located next to the Waves at Bayside project, has an area of 324 hectares (800 acres).
3XN has a lot on its plate these days in Canada. Besides Waves at Bayside, the firm declared recently that it is planning to construct its first high-rise building in North America, exactly in Toronto.