Toronto native Frank Gehry has revised his initial designs for a large mixed-use development in his hometown’s theater district. Gehry, partnering with theater impresario David Mirvish on the complex, originally proposed three towers.
The architect returned to the drawing board, however, after city planners balked at the density of the project and its lack of cultural elements, as well as plans for razing heritage space. The newest proposal preserves the Princess of Wales Theatre, historic buildings, and warehouse space. Plans now call for two skyscrapers of 82 and 92 stories, the latter of which would be one of Canada’s tallest.
“Now I think it’s more Toronto. I wanted to give it a sense of dignity,” Gehry told the Toronto Star
. “Now I’m trying to figure out how to give [the towers] humanity. There has to be a warmth to them.”
Revisions also include a new art gallery, a satellite location for the Ontario College of Art and Design, restaurants, office space, and retail outlets. Plans go before a community Council in June and the Toronto city Council in July.