Get A Sneak Peek Of King West’s Future At Unzipped Toronto

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Get A Sneak Peek Of King West’s Future At Unzipped Toronto In The Serpentine Pavilion London's 'Unzipped' (Photo courtesy of Westbank)
London’s ‘Unzipped’ (Photo courtesy of Westbank)

What is that big, beautiful pile of blocks on King West? It’s a sneak peek of the neighbourhood’s future.

The structure sits on land at King and Portland Sts. where a new residential, office, and retail complex is about to start sales after a two-and-a-half-year approval process, the Globe and Mail reports.

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The structure itself is the 2016 Serpentine Pavilion designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), the world-renowned architecture firm behind the King St. project, as a commission for the Serpentine Galleries in London’s Hyde Park in 2016.

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Constructed from fibreglass frames, aluminum profiles and wooden boards, it looks like a brick wall being zipped open.

 

In Toronto, the pavilion is housing an exhibit called Unzipped Toronto, a preview of the project, from developers Westbank and Allied Properties REIT, that will occupy the site.

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With condos partly inspired by Montreal’s Habitat 67, and a plan to retain and incorporate the heritage buildings on the property, the development promises to be one of the more architecturally-interesting in the city.

Unzipped Toronto opened on Saturday and is open to the public until November. You can book free tickets at unzippedtoronto.com.

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