Zip at Liberty Village, the newest condominium in the heart of Toronto's thriving King West Village. Part of a unique urban vision, the master-planned Liberty Village integrates century old buildings and vintage landmarks with soaring contemporary condos. This area is filled with boutiques, cafes, galleries, pubs and nightclubs. This is downtown living. The city is at your doorstep. Zip offers wide condos and lofts. Suite types range from Lofts to 2 bedrooms.
City of Toronto - 2009 Toronto Urban Design Awards Submission:
In the heart of Toronto’s thriving King West Village, master-planned Liberty Village is a tapestry of century-old buildings and vintage landmarks with a thread of soaring contemporary condominiums woven into the area’s urban fabric. Zip offers downtown living in condos and lofts with wide-shallow layouts that accommodate larger window expanses and substantial balconies for maximum exposure to views.
The 24-storey building’s podium respects the transition into smaller built forms to the east, and creates a street edge around the community to honour the pedestrian scale while fronting onto a future parkette to the south. The building’s modern use of brick and glass architecture respects the historic nature of the surroundings and integrates well with the industrial components of the area. The Zip tower acts as a backdrop which frames this urban park- oriented community.
Source - 2010 Pug Awards Nomination:
Located in Liberty Village, Zip is the second of the three-phased project, Battery Park. The building is comprised of a 24 storey tower resting on a 6 storey podium. The podium is composed of a framework of masonry + glass that houses a mix of retail, recreation + residential components. The materials used are similar to the first phase, Battery Park, in order to provide a continuous visual and aesthetic continuation between the projects. Along the South face, the retail component of the first phase is severed to provide a sense of permeability to the podium. This void provides a pedestrian link to the landscaped courtyard internal to the development. This courtyard also serves as an extension of the recreational component located at the ground floor. Above the opening at grade, the developments are physically linked with a 2 storey pedestrian bridge. This transparent element allows for the programmatic functions of the development to take place while providing visual links from the internal courtyard to the surrounding green spaces. The tower component is set back from the podium and rises to 24 storeys in height. Glass is used to accentuate the sense of lightness to the tower and a grid work of balconies project from this glass box. Additional elements of metal panel vertically link the tower to both the podium + mechanical roof. The tower is comprised of a linear and shallow floor plate that houses a unit mix of wide shallow unit plans. This floor plate allows for a more expansive use of glass in the suites and results in a slender tower mass.