Frank Gehry reveals new images of the tallest residential skyscrapers ever
Canadian architect Frank Gehry has revealed additional images of his Forma skyscraper, which is set to be built in Toronto, Canada, and features interiors designed by Paolo Ferrari.
The Forma project will consist of two towers, a 308-meter-high western tower and a 262-meter-high eastern tower, which will be the tallest residential towers ever designed by Gehry.
The taller of the two towers will be just above the threshold of the tallest skyscrapers, which are 300 meters tall.
Both towers will contain luxury residential units, as well as an extended campus for the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD). The project will be constructed on King Street West in downtown Toronto.
This latest iteration of this project, which has been nearly a decade in the making, contains two towers with opposing blocks stacked on either side of the voids. The voids make each tower appear to have several distinct parts.
Each sign has two physical outlines, creating a juxtaposition that distinguishes the signs.
The smooth, reflective glass surfaces will be paired with stainless steel cladding with sculptural folds that make the facade appear undulating.
Between the blocks are strips of glass to highlight the deconstructed visual effect of the towers.
Throughout the various designs for the development, Gehry insisted that the towers should represent what is unique about Toronto.
“Every city in the world has its own light and the light is modified by the buildings in the city,” Gehry said of the latest iteration of the design. “I wanted this building to capture the essence of Toronto.”
“(Toronto) is not like anywhere else. The light is different, the heritage is different,” he continued. “It’s a different place. I hope that’s what people see when they look at it.”
Gehry also released images of the East Tower lobby, which he designed based on influences from the Group of Seven, a group of famous Canadian visual artists.
The lobby has limestone walls with Scandinavian furniture. The ceiling will be decorated with an installation designed by Gehry’s team that features a metallic “shimmering maple leaf motif.”
The new images, produced by architectural visualization studio The Boundary, also give a first look at some of the towers’ other interior spaces, designed by local architect Paolo Ferrari.
Ferrari designed several amenity spaces, including the wood-panelled Creators Club, which features a structural roof with interior lighting.
His design for the grand suite features a light-colored living room with double-height ceilings and rough stone accents.
The original design for the towers, announced in 2012, saw three towers, all with slightly different shapes. In 2013, it was updated to include ribbon-shaped envelopes that encase and connect the tower bases.
After local residents and city officials were angered by the demolition of the theater the design called for, Gehry pared the design down to two towers in 2014.
In 2017, the original developer, art collector David Mirvish, sold the project to Great Gulf, a company that said it would complete the project in collaboration with Westdale Properties and Dream Unlimited.
The developers told Dezeen they expect the project to be completed by 2028.
Frank Gehry is a Pritzker Prize-winning architect who heads Gehry Partners. Born and raised in Toronto, but based in Los Angeles.
Recently completed projects include a residential complex surrounding Battersea Power Station in London. Gehry also released photos of the new Colburn Center, an extension of the School of Performing Arts, in Los Angeles.
Photos by The Boundary.
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