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A cutting edge condo project is being proposed for a nondescript part of northern Toronto, in what may be a ‘shock and awe’ development for local residence. Designed by UK architect Will Alsop with the interiors by Toronto-based Quadrangle Architects, its architecture is unlike anything currently existing in the city. News of ‘Alaska’ has already stirred up conversations online with comments ranging from “a great leap forward” to “looks like someone slapped an egg carton on a block of cheese.”

The glacier inspired building is separated into two distinct components: the 7-storey podium that will be wrapped in a fabric-like woven steel screen, and the 3-storey cantilevered glass-clad structure that is reminiscent of Alsop’s famous Sharp Centre for Design OCAD building downtown.


“The client was looking for something a little different,” remarks Alsop. “She also wanted to do a different type of interior. You can slide inner walls so that bedrooms become balconies. You can open your whole apartment to the outside. We’re trying to keep the units as open and flexible as possible.”

The client, former architect Bianca Pollak, added “I believe this part of Yonge needs something. I see this as an opportunity to do something. When Will is involved, the results are always extraordinary. We’re all very excited.”

Another bold move by Pollak is to build one full floor of underground public parking, a move perhaps to dampen the expected opposition to the project by local residence.


The development, which is to be located on Yonge St. & Strathgowan Ave. (between Eglington & Lawrence avenues) is expected to be submitted to the City’s planning department in the coming weeks with community consultations to follow.

Forward-thinking designs always attract strong opinions… what do you think about ‘Alaska’?

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I recently had an opportunity to take a look inside Corus Quay, the 500,000 sq ft headquarters of media giant Corus Entertainment. The LEED certified, high-tech facility was designed by Diamond and Schmitt Architects along with Quadrangle Architects who worked on the interiors.The building is receiving accolades for many things, but most notably for its unique art installations and its sustainable construction.

Reclaimed hemlock wood from a nearby 1910 ferry terminal wharf were used for some of the wall treatment on the main floor.


“Shoal” is an art installation by UK’s Troika spanning 160 feet along the ceiling of the public passageway. It is comprised of 467 individually-rotating acrylic fish-shaped objects controlled by custom-designed electronics.


Also by Troika, “Lightning Bolt” is 39 foot high sculpture located in the south facing atrium overlooking the dock and Lake Ontario. The central stem and branches are made from stainless steel and a high-tech polycarbonate cladding and contain 35,000 LEDs that glow bright white during the night.


A three-storey slide playfully connects the staff lounge with the main floor atrium.


One of the building’s main ‘green’ features is the 5-storey biofilter living wall, which along with its psychological benefits also improves the indoor air quality.


Natural daylight is provided to the building’s core spaces via the glass roof over the staff lounge.


The 8th floor bar lounge, which opens to a green roof terrace complete with patio furniture and gas barbeques, is also adjacent to a 102 seat theatre equipped with motorized blinds for daytime viewing.


A view of one of the staff kitchen/dining areas. In the background is the gallery corridor where rotating artwork created by Corus employees are displayed.


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