New BIG King Street West Development to Feature Bendheim Glass Interiors
Linear textured glass is taking the design world by storm. A recent high-profile project featuring this type of glass is the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) King Street West Condo Tower in Toronto, Ontario, where our finely fluted textured glass simultaneously creates visual privacy and a sense of openness.
The public can experience the glass through the King Street West Condo’s sales office, featuring BIG’s model kitchens and baths. Used as kitchen cabinet fronts, our low-iron textured “Corduroy” glass laminated to low-iron mirror hides clutter, diffuses light, and minimizes reflections. Its luminous quality brightens the space with a soft glow and adds a kinetic quality to cabinet surfaces. The non-porous glass is naturally hygienic, and its heavily obscuring surface pattern conceals the appearance of stains and fingerprints.
The “Corduroy” glass in a greater 3/8” (10 mm) thickness also creates ultra-privacy shower enclosures. It obscures views but allows light to freely pass through, creating a contemporary, open appeal. The monolithic tempered glass meets safety building codes and is ideal for exposed-edge, wet-environment applications. Facing the textured glass surface outward (away from the water) facilitates maintenance.
“This project is a great example of how Bendheim can help architects carry a design aesthetic through a space, as our glass is transformed to accommodate different applications,” said Donald Jayson, Bendheim Co-Owner and Executive Vice President. “We are proud BIG chose us for this project. It is a beautiful design.”
In addition to its elegant, varied, and modern interiors, BIG’s new Toronto development impresses with its thoughtful, unorthodox exterior. It respects its historic neighborhood, while striking an original note. All 514 residences feature green terraces and views to a large interior courtyard. Their unique layout embraces a sense of community and promotes access to daylight and nature for all residents.
“With King Street West, we wanted to find an alternative to the tower and podium you see a lot of in Toronto and revisit some of Safdie’s revolutionary ideas, but rather than a utopian experiment on an island, have it nested into the heart of the city. It would be strange if one of the most diverse cities in the world had the most homogenous architecture,” said Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner of BIG, for ArchDaily.
Bendheim is one of the world’s foremost resources for specialty architectural glass. Founded in New York City in 1927, the fourth-generation, family-owned company offers a virtually unlimited range of in-stock and custom architectural glass varieties. Bendheim develops, fabricates, and distributes its products worldwide. The company maintains production facilities in New Jersey and an extensive showroom in New York City