This eye-opening mini city in the sky of Toronto with skyscrapers linked by bridges that contain gardens and apartments is definitely one worth shaking a stick at for a place to live, where everything is close together. No need to take the bus to see the Chiropractor and no need to take the bus to your local grocery store. Everything would be in one place.
The project incorporates nine towers, being a corner office and eight residential towers. The entire development would be built right on top of the 100-metre-wide railway lines that are just west of the CN Tower.
There will also be a multi-tiered park that features lawns, playgrounds and bike paths which would be interwoven around the towers.
This place is not quite on par with “Cloud City” in Star Wars, though the designs of a new mini city in the sky in Toronto are very eye opening!.
Renders show a proposed downtown community in the city that compromises nine new towers linked by bridges that contain housing units, gardens and recreational facilities.
This project will be named “Orca Toronto”, and if it does get the go ahead, it will also be very interesting down below, with a multi-tiered public park that features open lawns, playgrounds, walking trails and bike paths interconnected around the very base of the towers.
Shops, restaurants, and cafe’s would be directly connected with the park’s outdoor areas on many different levels, with access provided by ramps, elevators and escalators.
The whole development would be built right on top of a 100 meter-wide railway just west of the CN Tower, which would lead to the Union Station. This means that Safdie Architects, the firm behind the Orca Toronto Design, that the actual downtown area would be then reconnected to the city’s waterfront.
The company’s founder, Moshe Safdie, noted: “As the city has expanded to the west, these railway lands have increasingly become a brutal barrier between King West Community and the growing waterfont district.
“Our own designs aspire to forge a whole new reconnection in the community fabric by creating a lively fabric by creating a lively park which is economically viable and also promises a a unique experience within the destination for Toronto.
“Just like an isolated park is very unlikely to generate any diversity of any kind of activity require to animate the neighborhood, this new design integrates the amenities for the city life like the shops, restaurants, offices into the park itself, drawing in people and visitors alike”.
This project integrates nine towers in total, a corner office and eight residential towers within a 3,000 units of housing. Sean Scensor, the partner and lead architect on the project for Safdie Architects, noted, “This project is a study that is in balance and integration, between an open space and density, landscape and building, private development and public interest”.
This project, in direct partnership with Craft Development Corporation, Kingsmen Group, Fengate Asset Management and Arup Engineering, is under public review with the city of Toronto itself.
via Daily Mail