3XN-Designed Aquabella at Bayside Closing in on Completion

It’s been a little over six years since Tridel and Hines broke ground on the first building of their Bayside community in Toronto’s East Bayfront area, and the 13-acre site is now primed to welcome a new wave of residents with the imminent completion of the latest building, Aquabella. The third residential building in the community features a terraced geometric design by Danish architects 3XN working with Toronto-based Kirkor Architects Planners.

Aquabella at Bayside, Toronto, designed by 3XN and Kirkor for Tridel and HinesLooking northeast to Aquabella at Bayside, image by UT Forum contributor skycandy

Topped out 14 storeys high and almost fully clad, the project’s path to its current state took approximately three and a half years. Construction started in February, 2018, with shoring and excavation followed by a crane installation that August. Forming of the building’s four underground levels reached the surface by Spring, 2019 and the building reached a final height of 50.9 metres just over one year ago in July, 2020.

Aquabella at Bayside, Toronto, designed by 3XN and Kirkor for Tridel and HinesThe staggered balconies at Aquabella at Bayside, image by UT Forum contributor skycandy

Cladding installation has been ongoing since last year, enclosing the structure in a window wall system with vision glass and mechanical louvers framed by glass fibre-reinforced concrete (GFRC) panels, glass balcony guards, and curtainwall cladding consisting of glazing and GFRC at ground level, all of it now completing the sleek look advertised in pre-construction renderings.

Aquabella at Bayside, Toronto, designed by 3XN and Kirkor for Tridel and HinesLobby interior of Aquabella at Bayside, image by UT Forum contributor TheSix

With the first wave of residents now taking occupancy of their suites, a look inside the building’s common spaces—appointed by interior designers II BY IV DESIGN—shows off the high quality finishes to striking effect, One standout space is the east lobby, boasting luxurious, dramatically veined marbles and accented with wood and brass.

Aquabella at Bayside, Toronto, designed by 3XN and Kirkor for Tridel and HinesLobby interior of Aquabella at Bayside, image by UT Forum contributor TheSix

Features of the main east lobby include a lounge area, a sculptural screen, and a colourful art installation that spans two levels where a staircase leads down to a number of amenity spaces.

Aquabella at Bayside, Toronto, designed by 3XN and Kirkor for Tridel and HinesInterior of Aquabella at Bayside, image by Forum contributor TheSix

You can learn more from our Database file for the project, linked below. If you’d like to, you can join in on the conversation in the associated Project Forum thread, or leave a comment in the space provided on this page.

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