By Adrian Price, Principle, Architect
Our cities are growing rapidly, racing to deliver more housing, sustainable workplaces, retail, entertainment hubs together with transport connectivity. In high rise, multicultural cities like Toronto, adding density is an important alternative to expanding urban sprawl. But how can new developments still deliver architectural individualism and placemaking whilst reflecting the uniqueness of their context?
In most cases, calling new developments ‘unique’ is nothing more than a marketing tactic as much of the design elements we see are consistent with approaches seen across the globe rather than a need to reflect a city’s character.
In the case of The Well, a genuinely unique and innovative design has given the development and a new part of the city its own distinctive character whilst rooting it in its central location in the King St West area characterised by former brick and beam industrial buildings. Even though it is a mega development that is wholly appropriate for Toronto, it provides original and sustainable design elements and an urban composition of buildings and spaces that has never quite been seen before in North America.
The Well is already known as the largest and most anticipated development in the city. It is a place that has a true mix of uses, reimagining the 7.7 acres between Front, Wellington and Spadina as a distinct, dynamic, vehicle-free community, based on a highly considered urban design. It consists of a diverse collection of new experiences in an open street development that is unlike anything in the region. Here are 10 reasons why it is deserving of such a unique and incredible distinction.
The Well is an enormous design collaboration involving seven separate architecture firms. BDP was responsible for all the retail elements and glazed canopy including the concept lighting, internal landscaped areas and interiors of the public areas with a brief to design for an urban community, not a cookie cutter mall! The result is a multi-level urban streetscape like no other that has delivered unique individualism whilst being rooted in the particular King West context.
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