We first posted this project in mid 2012 when details and an initial render were released. It’s one of the schemes that hovered in the background for a long time, but it finally headed to the Development Permit Board in July 2012.
The application was first submitted in 2008, and had an 18 storey condo tower with 150 units, joined to the Murray Hotel. That’s a non-market housing building that will remain as low-income housing, but is getting a facade rehabilitation. The new version increased the units to 164 in 20 storeys. The project is another from the office of Henriquez Partners, in this case for Kenstone Properties.
The design of the tower portion changed from the earlier versions, but the ‘as built is almost exactly what the render (right) from three years ago promised.
What wasn’t clear then, but is obvious now, is the latest playful architectural gesture from the Henriquez office. The units on the right of the building are designed to look the same as the townhouses on the left, raised high above the darker glazed recessed units on the main floor.
There’s a fake ‘porch’ and a staircase that descends and ends up suspended in mid-air.