3XN – Waterfront Architecture: Placemaking and Context

For most design firms, architecture can change a city’s look. But for 3XN, the Danish firm responsible for creating Aqualuna and Aquabella, architecture can do so much more. By integrating humanistic principles and orienting their designs around the lived, social experience of citizens, 3XN strives for nothing short of changing a city’s social culture. And what better place to do this than Toronto’s new cultural hub, the Waterfront by Hines Tridel.


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3XN’s democratic approach to architecture is on display in the recently unveiled exhibition, Waterfront Architecture: Placemaking and Context, hosted in the Hines Tridel Bayside Presentation Centre. With 11 ground-breaking projects from across the globe being presented, 3XN has partnered with Hines Tridel to showcase their unique approach to honouring cities’ most valuable areas, their waterfronts.

Among the waterfront projects on display, and exemplifying 3XN’s design philosophy, are Toronto’s Aqualuna and Aquabella. With a design strongly informed by its connection to water, Aqualuna uses an undulating form to ensure that every dwelling has a lake view while also ensuring ample sunlight for the new street level outdoor promenade. Similar thought has been given to designing Aquabella, with striking vistas for unobstructed views of both sky and water.

Other waterfront projects in the exhibit include Sydney’s Quartz Quarter Tower, a highly unique, 49-storey tower designed to feel like a vertical village and the part structure, part sculpture, Museum of Liverpool.

The exhibit will run until late spring and is free to the public.
Exhibit hours are Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and weekends and holidays noon to 5 p.m.
The Hines Tridel Bayside Presentation Centre is located at 261 Queens Quay East.