Contemporary 17-storey building proposed on King West of Bathurst

Lamb Development Corp has asked the City of Toronto to rezone 778 King Street West, a 0.21 hectare site on the north side of King between Niagara and Tecumseth streets in the Niagara neighborhood.

Looking at 778 King West, designed by Alliance Architects for Lamb Development Corp

If approved, Lamb hopes to construct a contemporary 17-story mixed-use building, designed by Alliance, topped with a seemingly Bauhaus-inspired mechanical penthouse that the architects say “adds additional interest to the building, offering the both functionality, and design.”

Contemporary mechanical penthouse, image submitted to the City

The site is located one and a half blocks west of Bathurst Street and west of the King-Spadina neighborhood in downtown Toronto. The Niagara neighborhood has evolved over the past century from a primarily industrial area with interspersed low-rise residential uses to a mixed-use area that contains a range of building types and uses, including offices, retail, residential and industrial uses in mid-rise and high-rise building typologies, as well as within converted warehouses and industrial buildings.

Location of the site, image of the submission to the City

The site is an assemblage of five plots of land; 778, 780, 784, 786 and 788 King Street West. Together they form a rectangular-shaped lot with approximately 73.2 meters of frontage along King Street. The site measures approximately 2,127 m² and is bounded to the north by a public driveway 3.96 meters wide. The five plots are currently occupied by five buildings ranging in height from one to three stories. Lamb’s offices are located in the easternmost buildings of the site.

The easternmost building contains Lamb’s offices, image taken from Google Street View

The 17-story building begins with a 9-story base building and would be 63.3 meters tall in total. It offers approximately 714 m² of retail space at ground level along King Street and 373 residential units above. The proposal has a total gross floor area of ​​24,840 m², giving a density of approximately 11.68 FSI.

The base building is to be clad with a structural framework consisting of projecting rectangular architectural elements, 0.75 meters thick. The frame would wrap around the entire base element and extend above the base to level 11, the architectural intent as per the planning rationale submitted to the City, to provide a historic sculptural presence.

Base of the proposed building, image of the submission to the City

The 373 residential units are offered in a mix of 192 studios (51%), 84 T1 (23%), 48 T2 (13%) and 49 T3 (13%). A total of 1,186 m² of amenity space is offered, including 890 m² of indoor amenity space and 296 m² of outdoor amenity space, a ratio of 3.17 square meters per unit. All proposed interior amenity space would be located on the mezzanine level, while all exterior amenity space would be directly adjacent to and accessible from the interior rooftop amenity space on Level 1.

Upper half of the proposed building, image of the submission to the City

The ground floor of the building would include the residential lobby, accessed through a vestibule directly from the King Street sidewalk. Retail spaces would be located on either side of the lobby entrance. The remainder of the ground floor, which will be located within the interior portion of the base building, would include a mailroom, residential elevators, residential retail and garbage rooms, and stairwells. The rear portion of the ground floor in the eastern part of the building includes access ramps to the loading, service and parking garage, as well as a room containing 20 short-term bicycle parking spaces.

Main floor site plan, image from City submission

Vehicle access to the proposal’s three levels of underground parking is proposed from King Street, via a cut curb on the east side of the south face of the building. The garage would provide 99 parking spaces, 77 for residents and 22 for visitors. The proposal includes 388 bicycle parking spaces, including 348 for residents and 40 for visitors.

The King Streetcar runs past the building, while other TTC surface routes are within walking distance. There is also a proposed Ontario Line station for the King and Bathurst corner, a short walk east.

Current and future public transport surrounding the site, image of the submission to the City

You can learn more from our database file for the project, linked below. If you wish, you can join the conversation in the associated project forum thread or leave a comment in the space provided on this page.

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Jennifer C. Burleigh