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Bauhaus Condos are Toronto’s Tribute to Mies van der Rohe

Inspired by Mies van der Rohe’s modernist masterpiece up the street, these King East condos make the past new again

By Sara Cunningham

Bauhaus Condos
King St E & Ontario St
Completion: Spring/Summer 2022
From: $499,900 (42 square metres)

Quick take: At last, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe devotees can live in the same ’hood as the TD Centre, the architect’s corporate masterwork. With some of the city’s finest design showrooms as neighbours, finding complementary furnishings won’t be a problem. The same goes for java: Rooster Coffee House’s velvety espresso is steps away.

From the street: Staying true to Mies van der Rohe’s “less is more” motto, the architectsAlliance-designed building keeps elaborations to a minimum. The facade, for example, features a grid frame of black steel, which extends skyward past the top eastern edge of the 30-storey tower, evoking
an architect’s sketch on graph paper.

Moving in: Interior designers U31, who have also designed Midtown’s Line 5 condos, added tiles featuring square geometry and colourful dots reminiscent of the name-sake movement’s graphic symbolism to concrete and black metal surfaces in the lobby. Overhead, a custom lighting grid spans the entire ceiling, underlining the geometric language found in the 205 suites.

Miesian detailing – think repeating geometric modular contours and neutral colours – join edgy, almost three-metre-high exposed concrete ceilings and feature walls in the residences. Built-in stainless-steel gas stoves (a Lamb Development Corp standard) keep dinner on point.

More information available at bauhaustoronto.com.

Categories: Urban Update

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