David Mirvish and Frank Gehry have released updated renderings of their massive, mixed-used project planned to transform Toronto’s downtown arts and entertainment district. The Mirvish+Gehry vision will include a triad of residential towers perched on top a six-story, wooden podium inspired by the site’s industrial past and covered in a ‘cloud-like’ sculptural skin. The towers, rising over 80 stories each, will house condos, a new OCADU campus, and a gallery space to house the Mirvish’s collection of modern art.
In the design world, there's perhaps no architect today more polarizing than Frank Gehry. Call me a fan though of these transformative towers for Toronto (say that 3x fast) as I can imagine the abstract forms truly redefining Toronto's skyline. I especially like the skin of the tower on the right (very Gehry-esque) and the context of the towers' inspiration as a whole. Can't wait to see the new Drake video atop one of the towers' penthouse condos sometime circa 2018. A couple more looks below.
Frank Gehry is as polarizing an architect to me as Kobe Bryant is to die-hard basketball fans. To put it simply, I have a love/hate relationship with his designs. I love his abstract shapes and use of materials (my favorites: the hometown's Millennium Park and my 2nd hometown's Weisman Art Museum), but 'hate' the relative box he stays in with both (albeit 8 Spruce Street was that step forward for me). Hate is too harsh of a word really; Gehry's designs may not always spark my curiosity, but I appreciate the immense impact of his designs in architecture. And apparently, I'm not alone as 28-year-old Facebook CEO shares the same appreciation. He can better illustrate it with a check followed by multiple zeros that was most certainly given to Gehry to design the new addition to Facebook HQ in their Menlo Park, California dwelling.
The good folks at ArchDaily couldn't have put it better:
Gone from the building will be Gehry’s flashy ways of manipulating sheets of metal, and the resulting superfluous sense of affluence often emitted from these grand structures. Rather, Gehry’s work for Facebook will offer an ”equalizier”, a massive one story warehouse measuring 420,000 sqf, to house the company’s future 2,800 engineers with the underlying intention of fostering a comfortable environment to allow Facebook to keep getting better.
More info and pics can be found via AD and we can expect to see construction begin in the spring of 2013. What do you think of the design given what you can see in the slideshow above?