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Old Posted Feb 23, 2009, 6:13 AM
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Red face TORONTO | Theatre Park | 157 M / 515 FT | 47 FLOORS

Theatre Tower, 224 King Street West

This 50 fl condominium project is designed by local architect Peter Clewes and located in Toronto's entertainment district.


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This tower looks awesome!
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I like the look of this tower.
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is this tower on hold?
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Old Posted Mar 28, 2009, 12:02 PM
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It's not on hold ,it's just in the planning stage.The Theatre Tower will most likely rise in the next construction cycle.
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Didn't know we had a thread for this tower?

They were doing soil testing and the buildings is about 70% sold out. - Good chance this one will begin construction this year.


This tower will be 160 Meters or thereabouts.
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Sure as hell beats Bell Lightbox! (the tower portion)
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I like the Lightbox!

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Planning drama: I suppose it was only fitting that high drama ensued when an application to built a condo tower next to the Royal Alexandra Theatre was filed with city hall back in early 2009. Especially since the rapid pace of condo development in Toronto’s popular Theatre/Entertainment District has become a hot-button topic with area businesses, residents and City Hall. It just wouldn’t have seemed right if the city had simply told Lamb Development Corp. and its partner Niche Development to go ahead and “break a leg” with its plans to build a striking 45-storey point tower at 224 King Street West, a site which has been occupied by a parking lot for the past 40 years. Just as one might have expected, though, city planners balked at the Theatre Park proposal. They were concerned that the building would be far too tall for the neighbourhood, and they feared that approving the project could set a dangerous precedent that ultimately could encourage other developers to demolish historical low-rise buildings in the area and construct towers in their place. It didn’t seem to matter that a handful of highrise buildings already were under construction within a two-block radius, including the 53-storey Ritz-Carlton and 65-storey Living Shangri-La hotel/condo towers, and the Boutique and Festival Tower condos (35 and 41 storeys tall, respectively). When the city rejected the application, the developers decided to challenge the decision at the Ontario Municipal Board. However, the parties reached a settlement allowing construction of a tower that would be slightly shorter, but would have 47 floors instead of 45. Background about the planning and political drama behind the project, as well as some details about the proposed tower, were outlined in a November 11 2010 story in the National Post. Less than two weeks later, the Theatre Park project received rather robust attention during an advance sales event for VIP agents and brokers. The building design, by Toronto’s architectsAlliance, is destined to get plenty of attention, too, though it remains to be seen if it will receive rave reviews from the critics once it is finally constructed. The Theatre Park website heralds the tower design as “audacious” and “iconic,” and I think those descriptions are apt. The slender tower will have a dramatic, bold presence on the Entertainment District skyline, while its open street-level plaza next to the Royal Alex should enhance the King West streetscape (particularly since the sidewalk along the north side of King always feels too narrow, and gets claustrophobically crowded both before and after performances at the Royal Alex and the Princess of Wales Theatre a few doors west). Below are several architectural renderings that appear on the Theatre Park website, along with some photos I snapped recently of the condo project site and its famous next-door neighbour. The website has additional renderings, floorplans, and a four-minute animated video that suggests how Theatre Park will look on the skyline


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A website rendering of the tower podium and plaza on King Street West







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http://thetorontoblog.com/2011/02/19...ment-district/
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Hmmmm, it seems a little gimmicky to me, like Daniel Libeskind and Eric Owen Moss had a boxy, slightly boring baby. The diagonal lines look like a Mummy unraveling, but still connected at the balconies, which just looks weird. The crown and base, however, look very nicely done, and at the very least, it will add some zest to the skyline.
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isn't this called Theatre Park?
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Yeah, I think you're right. But with all these new towers and proposals springing up almost everyday, who can keep track.
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Theatre Park: Lamb is acting on his confidence

April 22, 2011

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When the curtains rise on a new condo in the heart of the Theatre District in early 2011, Brad Lamb is predicting buyers will applaud the innovative development.

Lamb, the well-known Toronto condo broker turned developer, is well-versed in hyping the projects he’s involved in, but his confidence in Theatre Park seems well placed.

The condo at 224 King St. W. will rise as a slim 47-storey tower surrounded by lowrise historic buildings, including the Royal Alexandra Theatre next door. The tall contemporary glass tower, designed by Peter Clewes of architectsAlliance, will appear to be crisscrossed with ribbons and at the front of the property will be a forecourt, or small urban park, facing onto King.

“I bought a parking lot from a relatively large foreign investment corporation two and a half years ago and immediately thought that to get a project approved there, I’d have to do something crazy,” says Lamb, started Lamb Development Corp. in 2001.

Well, crazy like a fox. Lamb hired Clewes to design the building, as he knew his proposal would have to be spectacular to win favour from the city.

Lamb says most developers build instinctively to the front lot line, but he decided to pull the building to the rear of the site to create a compact park in the heart of the Theatre District that would act as a neighbourhood gathering place, as well as showcasing the Royal Alex.

“I think it’s the best location of any condo ever,” claims Lamb. “It’s steps from the financial district, steps from the entertainment district, in a very prestigious neighbourhood.”

He knew one obstacle would be the building’s height, but he felt a lower, squatter structure on the narrow 62- by 100-foot lot would require the suite designs to be long and narrow to get the required massing.

Still, “it was a long, protracted fight from day one,” trying to win approval, despite the blessing of theatre maven David Mirvish, owner of the Royal Alex, and local city councillor Adam Vaughan.

The proposal set a precedent for height and one fear the city had, says Lamb, was that someone would start buying up heritage buildings in the immediate vicinity and start knocking them down to build more condos.

“This site has never had anything built on it. It’s been a parking lot and before that, vacant land owned by Upper Canada College,” he points out. And he wasn’t concerned about the building’s height as there are several new tall towers nearby, including the 66-storey Shangri-La and the 45-storey Festival Tower.

Eventually, the city passed a heritage bylaw to protect the older buildings on the block and paved the way for Theatre Park.

“It’s very neat, but it’s very difficult as well,” says project architect Adam Feldmann of architectsAlliance.

The main issue was to figure out a strategy to deal with the historic buildings in a sensitive and respectful way.

“Our first idea was to create the courtyard beside the Royal Alex. If you push the building back, it doesn’t compete with the historic buildings at street level.”

The podium will be at the same height as the surrounding buildings in the warehouse district and the tower will float above the public space created by the forecourt, thus unobtrusive.

“The site is on the tight side and the building is compressed, so the tower is wrapped in bands to appear like it’s held in. It’s a tiny floor plate, a point tower,” says Feldmann, adding that because the neighbourhood is protected and the tower has windows on all sides, virtually every suite will have great views.

He’s excited by the courtyard and foresees theatre goers mingling there before attending a play at the Royal Alex and in summer, a grid of trees, a water wall along the east side and a zero edge pond which will flood part of the courtyard will act as a soothing retreat from the bustle of the street. In winter, he says the water wall might become an ice sculpture.

Lamb tested the market with a broker launch in mid November “and we know the building will sell well. The development opened public sales last month.

Lamb’s development partners include Niche Development and Harhay Construction Management.

There will be 234 suites, starting on the ninth floor. The lower floors will be devoted to a five-star restaurant, amenity space and administrative facilities. The restaurant has yet to be determined, but Lamb vows it “will be Canadian or international, one of the finest restaurants in North America. And the space is just fantastic.”

He says the facilities will be like a five-star hotel, with 24-hour concierge, a swimming pool, and gym, etc.) but without the steep fees associated with hybrid condo-hotel developments.

The suites will be priced at $600 per square feet (the penthouses from the 36th floor up will be more expensive), which Lamb claims is substantially less than for other condos in the neighbourhood.

“Nobody needs to pay $1,000 a square foot,” he says. “I want to sell apartments, I want to build this building and move on to the next project. I actually want to offer value, do good stuff and make it available to people.”

Suite sizes will range from about 400 square feet to a 3,270-square-foot penthouse (plus 2,000 square feet of terraces) that occupies the entire top floor. Suites from the 36th floor up will have 10-foot ceilings while those below the 36th floor will have nine-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows.

As well, there will be an assortment of studio, one and two bedrooms, with and without dens, and Lamb says 10 per cent of the project will have three-bedroom suites.

The building’s tall, slim design allows for windows on all four sides of the building and short corridors, with a maximum of six suites per floor.

Lamb says the type of buyer who will purchase there will be “young, hip urbanites or those who aren’t necessarily young, but young at heart. There are also people who want pied-à-terres and need this. It could be a second or third home for some.”

II by IV Design will design the interior common spaces and the suites. Suites will have exposed concrete ceilings and feature walls.

“There’s going to be a crazy lobby, crazy facilities. We’re going to build a model suite to show people what they are getting,” Lamb says. “There will be stainless steel cooking, the best hardwood flooring, stone countertops, Scavolini kitchens and beautiful quality finishes.” a


Click the link for pics of the "crazy lobby" http://www.yourhome.ca/homes/realest...his-confidence
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Brad Lamb talking about Theatre Park Development.
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It looks like rubber bands all over it. It looks kewl. I like it...

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that render looks older. it looks like it was poorly done, and probably just an early conceptual render.
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Yeah, I went back, and it was an older render that I found whilst searching for info on google. Wasn't sure it was old when I found it though.
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Still, this could be an icon for the "Entertainment District"
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Theatre Park (Toronto) selling quickly, construction later on this year sounds imminent.


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Theatre Park Penthouse Release Event was a great success. Sold several PH suites including "The Penthouse" for $3.6 million. Now 70% sold.
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this is one of my favorite developments right now.
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