With Tridel’s Rêve at 560 Front Street West in the King West Village now complete, there’s been a lot of positive feedback about its unique architectural design. The construction phase was plagued with much public scepticism of the building’s “overwhelming blackness” and imposing “mass at the rear,” but it’s safe to say most of us have eaten our words now that the final product stands triumphantly before us.
With new condos like the Toronto Library District Condos set to construct in the rapidly-developing intersection of Bathurst/Front, the Wallman Architects-designed project maintains a distinct presence, its black and grey colour scheme complemented by white glazing on the balconies and red panels along the frame.
Despite having a modest effect on the skyline (14 stories), Rêve stretches from 560 Front St to the south all the way to Niagara St in the north, making it highly noticeable even for those passing by on Bathurst streetcars.
Striking and bold from the outside, the building interior continues this streak of modernity with a combination of classic elegance and futuristic overtones.
Keeping the design sleek, clean, and simple, the white walls in the lobby contour majestically around a glossy black couch that stretches out toward the elevators.
Ruby-red glass doors mark the entrance to the party lounge just down the hall from the concierge.
The minimalist design technique has the effect of emphasizing even the smallest of details, like carpet patterns or images etched into the walls.
Having proved the sceptics wrong, Rêve has gone on to demonstrate how the simplest combination of colours, shapes, and patterns can work to create an innovative condo community in Toronto’s downtown west.
For more photos of Rêve and the surrounding neighbourhood, check out the photo gallery.