Living Shangri-la to unveil Zhang Huan sculpture

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Shangri-la Toronto’s developers, Westbank and Peterson Group, have a reputation for commissioning outstanding public artwork for their building projects, and the newspaper ads promise that Zhang Huan’s “dynamic, multifaceted sculpture” will “exhilarate the public realm.” If that’s the case, Rising will perfectly complement the tower’s dynamic and multifaceted (glass, stone and brick) architecture, which I think exhilarates the University Avenue-Adelaide Street intersection. (The project designers are James KM Cheng Architects of Vancouver and Hariri Pontarini Architects of Toronto.)

The artwork was largely under wraps when I walked past the site this morning, but parts of the sculpture depicting birds in flight were visible as crews prepared for tomorrow’s unveiling.

Below are more recent photos of the Living Shangri-la Toronto building.

 

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May 4 2012: Northeast street-level view of Living Shangri-la Toronto

 

Living Shangrila condo hotel tower Toronto

May 4 2012: A crew prepares the Zhang Huan sculpture for its unveiling

 

Living Shangrila condo hotel tower Toronto

May 4 2012: The east side of the 66-storey glass tower

 

Living Shangrila condo hotel tower Toronto

May 4 2012: Angles and creases add interest to the tower’s east side

 

Living Shangrila condo hotel tower Toronto

May 4 2012: Living Shangri-la Hotel logo on the building’s east wall. The luxury hotel will have 222 rooms on floors 1-17.

 

Living Shangrila condo hotel Toronto

May 4 2012: The building’s southeast corner at University & Adelaide

 

Living Shangrila condo hotel Toronto

May 4 2012: Stone cladding on the tower base along Adelaide Street

 

Living Shangrila condo hotel tower Toronto

March 7 2012: The building base blends brick, glass and stone along Adelaide Street

 

Living Shangrila condo hotel tower Toronto

March 7 2012: A closer view of the glass and stone facade

 

Living Shangrila condo hotel tower Toronto

May 4 2012: The Bishop’s Block rowhouses, which date from around the 1830s, were reconstructed as part of the Living Shangri-la Toronto complex. They will become home to SoHo House Toronto, a private club for film, media and creative professionals. The heritage building was profiled in an April 30 2012 story in the Toronto Star.

 

Living Shangrila condo hotel tower Toronto

May 4 2012: Looking up the south side of the tower from Adelaide Street

 

Living Shangrila condo hotel tower Toronto

May 4 2012: Looking up the tower’s northeast corner from University Avenue

 

Living Shangrila condo hotel tower Toronto

May 4 2012: The top of the tower, viewed from the northeast

 

Living Shangrila condo hotel tower Toronto

May 4 2012: A closer view of the rooftop design elements

 

Living Shangrila condo hotel tower Toronto

May 4 2012: A view of the tower from Dundas Street to the north

 

Living Shangrila condo hotel tower Toronto

May 4 2012: Another view of the tower from University Avenue near Dundas Street

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