At the beginning of the week, we had the opportunity to brush shoulders with royalty at Tridel’s Aqualuna presentation centre on Toronto’s east waterfront.
The Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark lent a helping hand in the grand opening of Waterfront Architecture: Placemaking and Context, a new free exhibit showcasing waterfront projects by Danish architecture firm 3XN.
The exhibit features 11 completed and in-progress waterfront projects by 3XN in Toronto, Sydney and Denmark, exploring “the dynamics between buildings, public spaces, urban circulation and the water’s edge.”
The opening of Waterfront Architecture: Placemaking and Context also marked the unveiling of T3 Bayside, a new 10-storey timber-constructed office building by Hines that will be part of the Bayside Toronto master-plan.
“From the beginning, the world has taken note of Waterfront Toronto’s unprecedented 2,000-acre revitalization plan—the largest such initiative currently underway anywhere,” says Avi Tesciuba, Senior Managing Director, Hines Canada. “We are humbled to have His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark here to mark the opening of this exciting exhibit and the announcement of the first office project at Bayside Toronto. It’s a testament to the sustained attention Toronto’s waterfront revitalization is receiving worldwide that we are able to have the Crown Prince here with us today.”
One rendering was provided and there is a scale model that’s part of the exhibit. Kim Herforth Nielsen, Founding Principal, 3XN, said that the building still needs to go before Toronto’s Design Review Panel, which will provide comments and suggestions on the design.
The Crown Prince helped unveil the scale model, then posed for photos with representatives from Tridel, Hines, Waterfront Toronto, and other attendees. Then he walked around the presentation centre, taking in the exhibit, and stopped for more photos in front of the impressive scale model of Aqualuna, Tridel’s fourth and final residential development at Bayside Toronto.
“Tridel takes pride in helping introduce 3XN’s unique brand of contextually responsive design to North America with their work on two standout projects at Bayside,” says Leo DelZotto, President and CEO, Tridel. “It’s an honour to stand alongside the Crown Prince, as well as the Danish Ambassador to Canada, Minister Steve Clark, and Waterfront Toronto as we open this exhibit. We invite the public to the Bayside Presentation Centre to experience these designs firsthand and see how 3XN is helping shape waterfronts around the world.”
The exhibit is free to attend and is open Monday to Thursday from 11 am to 7 pm, and on weekends and holidays from 12 pm to 5 pm. The exhibit will be open at 261 Queens Quay East until late spring.