650 King Street West, Toronto
Developer: Freed Developments
Storeys: 10 & 16
GFA: 213,667 sq.ft.
Completion Date: 2012
Multiple goals and challenges
Six50 King West was conceived to address the multiple goals and challenges of the developer, the concerns of the city, and of local residents. The developer requested a mix of residential units which included entry-level suites, townhouses, two-level penthouses, amenity spaces, retail, and below-grade parking.
Inspired by the back-to-nature aesthetic of the green movement, the developer describes Six50 as a building that’s alive with green, not just concrete and glass. A reimagined historical property wrapped in a boxwood hedge, Six50’s visual juxtaposition of old brick and new green shoots make for a contemporary chic as well as an environmentally friendly design statement.
Accommodating the heritage building and the limited access presented unique concerns for CORE during the design process but an elegant yet efficient solution was achieved. The developer wished to present a green high-rise residence, LEED-certified, that embodied light and glass and transparency: the antithesis of the perception of energy-efficient homes.
Modern clean character
The architectural nomenclature address two unique streetscapes and each other. Green and growing horizontal details of hedging throughout the height of the building accent the modern clean character that this LEED registered building adds to this corner of older Toronto.
2014 World Architecture Festival
2014 International Property Awards
Residential High Rise Canada
2014 Architizer Awards
2013 PUG Awards Residential
People’s Choice Award