TORONTO – Frank Gehry has revealed a conceptual design for three new condo towers in Toronto, hovering at least 80 stories high and engulfing an entire downtown city block.
The proposed towers will rest on two six-story podiums with a floating, crosshatch to form a textured façade. They will house a contemporary art gallery and classroom space for the OCAD University. Each tower will have a different design – somewhat resembling stacks of blocks or horseshoes – which will give the buildings the appearance of an angular, unsteady movement.
The plans represent Gehry’s largest ever urban commission, and his second major project for his home town. His first, the 2008 re-design of the Art Gallery of Ontario, saw the creation of a wood and glass structure resembling the ribs of an oveturned canoe.
‘With this project, I wanted to create buildings that were good neighbours to the surrounding buildings and that respected the rich and diverse history of the area,’ Gehry says.
The project must now seek approval from Toronto’s city council.
Photos courtesy of Gehry International
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