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Old Posted Mar 31, 2011, 3:10 PM
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Red face TORONTO | Exhibit Residences | 100 M / 329 FT | 32 Floors

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The ROM is getting a tall and good looking cousin. Rising 32 storeys across the street from Daniel Libeskind's landmark addition to the Royal Ontario Museum, Exhibit, developed by partners Bazis, Plaza, and Metropia, and designed by architect Rosario (Roy) Varacalli, embraces its time and place and makes a virtue out of its sometimes controversial neighbour's angles. Seen from the air, the ROM and Exhibit will work together to form an exclamation mark, and that should translate into some real visual energy on Bloor Street itself.




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Okay, here's the rest, and we'll start with all the context you could want, looking west.




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This one is from a similar context to the very first new one we ran above, but trees removed. More shadowy neighbours (that's MuseumHouse ghosting in on the left for example), and some of the ROM's crystal on the right.



Looking into the lobby from the street.




Looking out to the street from the lobby.




Ground floor plan.




We'll take the elevator up to the 10th. You'll see the fitness centre in the plan here, overlooking the 9th floor terrace.




And one floor down, the amenities of the 9th floor in plan.




So, on the 9th floor, we'll start with the party room then zoom in. That's the outdoor terrace in behind of course.






The private dining area.




The bar.




And the terrace, looking back toward the party room.




This evening we'll run the model shots: some of the terraces where the cubes shift will be particularly cool.

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Okay, I've whittled down the Exhibit Brokers' Opening to these pics, most focusing on the model:





Roy Varacalli, architect of Exhibit and partner at Bazis, Barbara Lawlor, president of Baker Real Estate, and Michael Gold, president of Bazis






The Bloor Street frontage




Terraces where the cubes shift are quite large








A laneway will be maintained between Exhibit and MuseumHouse




The 9th storey rooftop garden sits above the integrated parking garage












The sales centre features touch screens which feature floor plans and full info about the project.




It was a big opening. Sales to the public still to come...




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Exhibit will have 200 suites behind white-fritted glass balconies and terraces. Parking is hidden above ground in the integrated podium. Those purchasing south-facing suites in podium levels will be able to park on the same floor as their suite.
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exhibit has an okay design. i like the uniqueness, but the tower seems really plain (colour and texture wise), it's most likely just the rendering though, looks too perfect/surreal.
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The glass will appear white because it's fritted. So kinda like the TIFF Tower Balcony Glass, but this time all the way up.
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THE ROM MEETS ITS MATCH

JOHN BENTLEY MAYS | Columnist profile | E-mail
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Published Thursday, Mar. 31, 2011 11:52AM EDT

Ever since the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) switched its main entrance from Queens Park to Bloor Street West five years ago, the first thing a visitor has seen, when exiting architect Daniel Libeskind’s controversial extension of the venerable treasure house, is the McDonald’s across Bloor Street West.

It’s long been the wrong outlet in the wrong place. The visual punches thrown by Mr. Libeskind’s building, the handsome overhauls by Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg of the Royal Conservatory next door and the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art around the corner, the establishment of this stretch of Bloor as the most upscale shopping district in Toronto: all these recent cultural transformations have made a dumpy fast-food joint in the midst of this high-style, refined activity increasingly irksome.

I’m happy to report, therefore, that the McDonald’s outlet will soon be gone. It is to be turfed out and bulldozed to make way for a new condominium tower that will, if we’re lucky, complement and further the ongoing renaissance of Bloor West.

Designed by Toronto architect Rosario Varacalli for a consortium of developers – Bazis, Metropia and Plazacorp – the 32-storey structure, called Exhibit, is the city’s first building to engage in an active architectural dialogue with Mr. Libeskind’s flamboyant monument across the street. (I mean creative dialogue, as opposed to the grumbling one still hears from local architects and the museum-going public about what Daniel Libeskind has visited upon the city.)

While the exterior of Mr. Libeskind’s ROM addition is black and grey and metallic, for example, Mr. Varacalli’s tower will be sheathed in white fritted glass. The Bloor Street façade of the ROM is all elbows and knees jazzily jutting out from the central volume. Mr. Varacalli expresses his personal futurism by stacking four big multi-storey slabs of architecture, one on top of the other, then smartly rotating each and sliding it sideways off the vertical axis of the composition. Exhibit, then, will totter and twist up into the sky, while the ROM, despite its angular commotion, hugs the ground.

In other words, Mr. Varacalli’s building will be a re-interpretation, in light of Mr. Libeskind’s various manipulations of space, of the tall-building form in an urban context. Instead of slipping politely into the surrounding city fabric, like a routine modernist skyscraper is supposed to do, Exhibit will stand out, assertively defining the streetscape just as the ROM does. And instead of retiring from the fray of big-city life behind dull, opaque cladding – the worst thing about Mr. Libeskind’s ROM exterior – Exhibit will show a bright, light and translucent face to the street.

Exhibit’s unusual shape dictates wide variety in the suite configurations: Mr. Varacalli told me that there are 40 different apartment layouts in this complex of just 200 condominium apartments. The size of units range from around 600 square feet to 1,500 square feet for two bedrooms and a den that can be converted into a third bedroom. Prices for available one-bedroom apartments start at $600,000, Mr. Varacalli said, while the largest suites are priced at around $2-million. The top two floors of Exhibit will be devoted to penthouses.

The views deserve special mention. The ones from the upper three rotating volumes will open, to the south, toward downtown and Lake Ontario over the low block of the ROM and the campus of the University of Toronto. To the north, they will open across the stable residential Annex neighbourhood. The building will present a set of protected views, that is – a rare asset in a city increasingly populated by view-blocking high-rises.

An adjoining garage structure will offer eight floors of parking. Because the subway runs directly beneath the building, there will be no underground parking or basement. On top of the garage, Mr. Varacalli will roll out a garden with trees and a reflecting pool. The garden will connect directly to standard high-rise interior amenities – a fitness centre, a private dining room and so on. The lowest two storeys of the tower will feature shops, as befits a building that fronts on to a retail street like Bloor West. The entrance to the residences, crafted by designers Diego Burdi and Paul Filek, will be a mere slot in the street-wall of retail.

Toronto clearly doesn’t need striking tall buildings of this kind on every street corner. The city still requires much patient, gentle care, if its basic texture is to be spared and conserved. But a theatrical gesture like Exhibit every now and then, especially in a high-pressure cultural zone such as Bloor West, is and should be welcome.

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March has been one hell of a month for New Condos in Toronto. We've seen the mega-launch of The Yorkville, full of glitz, glamour and media attention, a more conservative launch for the boutique 32 Camden and the insanely un-organized launch of King Charlotte. At the end of the month, Bazis International will launch another highly anticipated develpoment: Exhibit Condos, located in the Annex located immediately opposite the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). The early renderings have us very excited and it promised to be a very exclusive development.

Basiz International (Crystal Blu, Emerald Park) have a penchant for high quality design and architecture. Their "Emerald Park" development (pictured below) drew a lot of international praise. In addition, their recently-registered development located in Yorkville (Crystal Blu) is in high demand on the resale market.


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Good news on the horizon for Bazi's Exhibit Residences (Toronto), according to urbandreamer on Twitter.

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Nice. But I'm a little puzzled why Toronto is getting all the action.
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Large International Communities live in Toronto, which is drawing in International Investment.

Also, Toronto is a leader in Tech/Mobile Tech/Communications/Banking/Automotive/Media/Commodities & Resources/Gold Mining/International Trade/, etc, etc.
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Is this the McDonald's site, or next door?
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No the McDonald's is right next door.
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This will make the ROM crystal look less out of place that's for sure!
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Yeah, in 100 years they will be the Pyramid and Sphinx of Toronto.
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Article from the Globe and Mail

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From the City of Toronto

Application: New Building Status: Not Started

Location: 200 BLOOR ST W
TORONTO ON M5S 1T8

Ward 20: Trinity-Spadina

Application#: 11 297046 BLD 00 NB Accepted Date: Oct 21, 2011

Project: Mixed Use/Res w Non Res New Building

Description: Proposal to construct 31-storey mixed-use building with above grade parking structure and one level basement, with retail at ground and second floor. Residential GFA to total 22839m2 (with 211 units), retail shell to total 1191m2, including sprinklers at 30809m2. Also see related PPR file 11-243663, demolition file 11-246219, and SPA file 09-111148. Also connected to addresses 192A Bloor St W and 194 Bloor St W.
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Hoarding is down at Museum House.

Should be all clear for this one to start construction shortly!!!!
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Is this the McDonald's site, or next door?
Toronto has lost yet another fine McDonalds.

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Haha! if only mcdonalds was like that all the time!
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This will be a very classy and High End McDonalds.

It will be in the base of Exhibit Tower when it is complete.
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I'm glad it will be rebuilt in the base of this building, I understand they had a 100 year lease on the property. People may argue it has no place in the area or in the base of a high end condo but being located across the street from the R.O.M it provides a cheap alternative for tourists and students visiting the museum. McDonalds is kind of the International Safety Restaurant. You can go almost anywhere in the world and find almost the exact same menu.

This location will need to be ultra modern to fit in with Exhibits architecture.
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This project should be moving into the construction phase this year. I believe there was a bit of a hold up on construction because the Muesuem House Condo was finishing up next door. But the hoarding has been taken down there, and the businesses have been emptied out with the exception of the MacDonalds. Looks like we will be seeing some action later on this year.
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Permit has been filed to begin construction on Exhibit Condos
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