A trio of mixed-use towers planned for an urban redevelopment project in Toronto has been redesigned by planners David Mirvish and Frank Gehry. The plan was announced last October but has recently been substantially revised. Three tall buildings will replace warehouses and the Princess of Wales Theatre; they will include condos, a new campus for OCAD University (the Ontario College of Art and Design), and gallery space for the large modern-art collection of Mirvish and his wife, Audrey. Mirvish is founder of Mirvish Productions and has been instrumental in developing Toronto as a center for the performing arts, including development of the King Street Entertainment District.
Characterized by the type of twisting and peeling forms Gehry has made famous, the towers will rise 82, 86, and 84 stories. Wooden beams at ground level provide subtle references to the site's previous warehouses, while curving sheets of milky glass will create a sense of lightness and softness.
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