Dreamy 32-Story High Rise in Toronto Is Inspired by the Tranquility of Clouds

Concept High Rise in Toronto by Partisans

Canadian-architecture firm Partisans has proposed a new high-rise in Toronto based on the forms of clouds. Both natural clouds and revision clouds take center stage in the design, which is now being reviewed by the city. If approved, the 325-foot-tall residential tower will transform downtown Toronto.

Known for its forward-thinking approach to design, Partisans seeks to incorporate the light, tranquil feeling of a cloud into the tower. The building's 32 floors are stacked into three nesting rectangles. While primarily residential, the building has two floors reserved for amenities. Three hundred personal and shared balconies will give residents every opportunity to take advantage of the outdoors as well as enjoy spacious interiors.

Partisans didn't only take inspiration from nature. They also looked to a famous architect of the past, one who also loved organic forms. “Gaudi was also inspired by nature and forms generated by gravitationally informed forces,” shares Partisans co-founder Alex Josephson. “We see ourselves as part of a continuum of architects exploring the value of organic formal solutions.”

The firm is still deciding on the materials that will be used in construction, but they are leaning toward glass-fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) for the facade. A mix of stone, metal, and concrete will be used for the balconies, and Partisans is also hoping to incorporate greenery depending on city approvals. But regardless of the material used, the cutting-edge design will be a wow factor for the metropolis' skyline.

Canadian architecture firm Partisans has designed a new residential high-rise for downtown Toronto.

Concept High Rise in Toronto by Partisans

The undulating, organic forms of the facade are based on the design of a cloud.

Concept High Rise in Toronto by Partisans

Currently, the design is under review by the city and awaiting approval.

15-17 Elm Street Concept Design by Partisans

Concept High Rise in Toronto by Partisans

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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