Seventy5 - 75 Portland Street

Seventy5 - 75 Portland Street

Core Architects Inc
Freed Developments
Landscape Architect
Juhan Marten Landscape Architect
General Contractor
Accel Highrise Construction
About the Project

Located in Toronto’s popular and historic King West district, Seventy5 is an innovative modern jewel embracing the indigenous culture of the neighborhood. The building has been designed in a U-shape that embraces a serene courtyard while maximizing the site and complementing the Portland streetscape. The building exterior features clean lines of smooth architectural concrete together with clear glazing in anodized aluminum frames. The appearance of this eleven storey structure is characterized by massed elements that shift in and out. The concrete frames act as large scale urban windows that highlight the views of each unit, and comply with city of Toronto zoning setbacks for that neighborhood. They provide a unifying statement that mixes the upper two-storey units with the lower one-storey unit and street level retail space. The soaring ceilings in two- storey units, floor-to-ceiling glass, generous balconies and terraces, which give the structure a bold dramatic presence and allow for an open-air lifestyle in a bustling setting.

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I figure that this comment forum is meant to be used by intelligent individuals, so I'll try to refrain from putting the three words "puked" "my" and "mouth" into a sentence. Oops.

But this could be the ugliest thing I've seen on this site. Truly ghastly.

Could be one of the best buildings I've seen on this site. Truly great.

Fresh. Modern. Clean. Fun. Smart. That is all.

Great design from a far, but what is with the pay parking structure driveway across the pedestrian sidewalk? That kind of stuff should open on the lane or alleyway...reminds me how much I HATE all the parkades that spew the cars onto sidewalks in the downtown, scaring the crap out of me on my walk home after the work is over...

From what I've seen, the firm's better piece of work. The white is nice, the boxes at the front are interesting.

Can you send it back? What did it cost to move it to Toronto?

I really do. No, it doesn't suit the area (according to those pics, anyway), but I love the whiteness, the retail area at the base. It reminds me of a European building from the late 60s for some reason.

The three dimensional quality of the Portland Street facade is great with all those interconnected rectangular concrete frames. The depth of those frames looks great. I also like the additional balconies independent of the dominant concrete lines of the facade. The different sizes of small rectangular windows on the side of the building is one of many interesting details.

The execution of the design has turned out to be excellent, and it's a design that's very enjoyable to look at as the eyes follow the many lines. These contemporary midrise buildings on smaller side streets in the area are great, though their relation to the surrounding buildings is unresolved and seems to encourage demolition of those buildings.

This is good. A developer had guts and it is well executed.

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