A Homecoming Masterpiece Designed by Frank Gehry
“I wanted to create an ensemble of buildings that were respectful to the city and referential to the Toronto that I once knew.” — Frank Gehry
A Homecoming of Epic Proportions
An Architectural Showpiece
Spectacular From the Start
Modernist Interiors With Maximum Impact
The World Within Reach
The Visionary Team
The Return of a Toronto-born International Icon
The architectural feats of Frank Gehry include landmarks that have put cities on the map, and not for aesthetic reasons alone. Each destination intertwines with the fabric of its homeland. Abstract and therefore open to interpretation, Gehry’s structures also stand as universal symbols of art, humanity, and progress.
His inventive buildings dot the world, but the long-time Los Angeles resident is clear about his roots. They’re firmly planted in the place where he grew up. “Toronto,” says Gehry of his birthplace, “is in my DNA.” His affection for his hometown is unequivocal.
Frank Gehry’s Awe-inspiring Buildings Are Loved the World Over
The architect’s exuberant designs are unbridled – even, it sometimes seems, by gravity itself. There are only a few dozen of Gehry’s definition defying structures around the world, but each one is place-making. In fact, there’s a term for his influence on formerly little-known cities. “The Bilbao Effect” was coined after the 1997 completion of Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. The mind-boggling cultural institution continues to bring Northern Spain much fanfare and fortune.
Incomparable, Gehry has earned countless prestigious awards during his 60-plus years of practice, including the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Architecture, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among many others.
Location: Weil Am Rhein, Germany
Date Built: 1989
The Vitra Design Museum examines design’s relationship to architecture, art, and culture. The building was Gehry’s first in Europe. Clad in white plaster and a titanium–zinc alloy, with curved forms to break up his more usual angular shapes, it’s a subtle nod to the nearby Notre Dame du Haut chapel by Le Corbusier.
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Date Built: 1996
The Nationale-Nederlanden building in Prague, a collaboration between Gehry and architect Vlado Milunić, resembles an embrace shared between dancers. The nine-storey structure – which houses a hotel, offices, and a restaurant named Ginger and Fred – consists of a glass tower supported by curved pillars, as well as concrete waves and unaligned windows.
Location: Bilbao, Spain
Date Built: 1997
Encouraged to design something “daring and innovative” for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Gehry responded with an undulating form rendered in glass, titanium, and limestone. The curves may appear to be randomly placed, but they are specifically situated so the 24,000-square-metre structure catches the sunlight of Basque Country, Spain.
Location: Seattle, USA
Date Built: 2000
Inspired by Jimi Hendrix, the Frank Gehry–designed shrine to pop culture sits beneath the Seattle Space Needle. To convey the fluidity of music, Gehry encased the outside of the building in 21,000 individually cut and shaped stainless steel and painted aluminum shingles that reflect a myriad of colours.
Location: Los Angeles, USA
Date Built: 2003
Home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, WDCH is one of the most acoustically sophisticated concert halls in the world, presenting the very best in classical, contemporary, world music, and jazz. Curvaceous steel panels outside the 1.5-hectare complex shelter the hardwood-panelled main auditorium within from L.A.’s bustling downtown.
Location: Elciego, Spain
Date Built: 2006
Also known as the Marqués de Riscal Vineyard Hotel – and a “Cathedral to Wine” – the grapevine-like structure of this four-storey building overlooks Spanish vineyards. Crafted in steel and titanium, its curves spiral around multiple cellars and a hotel, a tribute to both local tradition and avant-garde gastronomy.
Location: Las Vegas, USA
Date Built: 2010
This outstanding Las Vegas complex is split into two distinct wings representing the logical and creative aspects of the brain. Not only was Frank Gehry responsible for the neuron-like massing of its structure, but the architect further influenced the Center by recommending its research mandate include treatments for Huntington’s disease, for which Gehry has been a long-time advocate.
Location: Panama City, Panama
Date Built: 2014
Situated at the opening of the Panama Canal, this is the world’s first museum dedicated to biodiversity. As multi-coloured and multi-faceted as Panama’s natural world, the 4,100 square-metre facility’s eight galleries spiral out from a central atrium sheltered by vibrant metal canopies. The site interacts with the neighbouring landscape, inviting visitors to explore the fertile surroundings.
Location: Paris, France
Date Built: 2014
A “transparent cloud” sitting at the edge of the Jardin d’Acclimatation in the Bois de Boulogne, this is Gehry’s expression of love for France’s culture. The dreamy structure features 3,600 glass panels curved with millimetre precision, as well as 19,000 panels of fibre-reinforced concrete, each unique element and contributing to the overall boundary-pushing design.
Location: Arles, France
Date Built: 2021
The stainless-steel-clad tower is the centrepiece of this world-renowned arts and culture institution located in the South of France. Inspired by such design references as Arles’s Roman architecture, the nearby mountain range, and Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night painting, the castlelike structure features extruded windows and a scaly, stepped exterior.
Location: Toronto, Canada
After six decades of global practice, the acclaimed architect returns with Forma, his tallest creation ever. A towering tribute to his hometown of Toronto, Forma is poised to become the most iconic residential development in Canada.
An architectural performance piece, Forma is Frank Gehry’s legacy project. A pirouette rendered in glass and steel shines a light on the King Street promenade he loves so dearly while putting Toronto’s skyline squarely on the map.
Frank Gehry’s Forma is a Skyline Salute to the City That Shaped Him
The architect’s pair of dancing towers lift off from King Street and shapeshift as they soar to 73 and 84 storeys above Toronto. “I wanted to create an ensemble of buildings that were respectful to Toronto,” the architect says, “and referential to the city that I once knew.” The Forma supertalls are as complex as ribbons of DNA. Great stretches of the towers become building-sized blocks that rotate on their axis, much like a double helix. Amenities and residential suites and finishes, designed by Toronto-based Studio Paolo Ferrari, radiate out from the condominium’s core. Pivoted, each floor plan ensures unique and private views from every level.
“By twisting Forma, I’ve broken it down into blocks as you go up,” says Gehry, “and those twists are not arbitrary. They’re twisted so that we could manipulate the floor plans, so that the condos are not looking into each other. The condos look past the other buildings; we’ve taken future views into account.”
Forma begins to twist at penthouse-height. Huge volumes of each building shift and tilt by varying degrees. From here, these blocks stack up and, adding to its intrigue, Gehry varied the texture of Forma’s exterior. Shiny and matte metal panels bend and curve, producing arresting, fluid patterns. And when the sun strikes Forma’s façade, mosaic-like reflections of the sky, of the city, ripple down to the streetscape.
Forma’s picture-perfect metropolis is one of the fastest-growing cities in the world and a beacon of multiculturalism. Tens of thousands make Toronto their home annually. A thriving city with countless attractions, Toronto is where everyone wants to live, and Forma is the next global address.
Frank Gehry’s unique figures are the hallmark of his international acclaim. “Forma,” which means “form, shape, or appearance” in Latin and Italian, is a fitting moniker for Gehry’s latest structure. Transcending ordinary building design, his towers create a sense of movement; a fluid and unexpected expression that emerges from the city.
The Forma Experience Begins in the Frank Gehry-designed Lobby
The vaulted limestone-clad entry hall is an architectural masterpiece, as one would expect from Gehry. Ceiling-height windows wash the chamber in sunlight, which bounces from the sculptural reception desk across the warm Douglas fir surfaces and guest seating to be absorbed by the stunning art installation above. Handcrafted and installed by Frank Gehry’s design team, the sculptural ceiling fixture was inspired by the work of The Group of Seven and Tom Thomson, painters who are dear to Gehry and prominently displayed at the nearby Art Gallery of Ontario.
For the sculpture, FOGA started with the motif of a golden maple leaf. Rendered in copper, the leaves were tiled to create an undulating surface that would evoke the movement and play of light across Lake Ontario – an important vista for the south-facing suites and a significant reference for the tower design.
Interiors by the Toronto-based Design Team Are Both Subtle and Unexpected
“Designed as an ultra-aspirational apartment, the Grand Suite is an extension of your own residence.” — Paolo Ferrari
Forma is a livable sculpture and, as Frank Gehry’s latest icon, its interior was carefully carved into elevated lifestyle spaces. This is the work of Studio Paolo Ferrari, an emerging multidisciplinary practice whose inventive commissions are internationally recognized. The studio’s portfolio consists of hospitality projects that span North America, Europe, and the Middle East and include a remote desert resort, a subterranean speakeasy, and awe-inspiring luxury hotels.
“Forma,” says principal Paolo Ferrari, “is a metaphor for Toronto. The city is youthful, energetic, and unrelenting, but there’s also this wonderful connection to the outdoors, the lake, and public parks. We wanted to encapsulate where this tower is located and balance that exuberance with restorative qualities. We wanted to express this duality in the project and offer a holistic way of living.”
The amenity program achieves this and more. “We leaned into a usercentric approach,” says Ferrari, “and divided the amenities into three sections: entertaining and hospitality, health and wellness, and coworking. Each is purposefully located within the tower, with no crossover between activities. These are flexible but purposeful spaces.”
Creativity is a common thread woven into each design, with thoughtful interior architectural gestures, injections of colour, and an unexpected layer of artistry. There’s a natural tension, as spaces shift from sculptural and serene to exuberant and colour-saturated, highlighting the broad spectrum of programming. Whether restorative or high-energy, Forma’s interiors are designed to foster connection and celebrate community.
A flexible and dramatic extension to the private home, the Grand Suite serves as a luxury entertainment space for both intimate events and milestone celebrations. Furnished with bar, lounge, dining room, a games room, and a chef’s kitchen, the Grand Suite delivers the ultimate hospitality experience for all Forma residents and their guests.
More than just a private screening room, this deep red circular pavilion can play host to innumerable activities, including Oscar parties, cocktails and catching the latest sporting events on the big screen. Top-notch audiovisual technology elevates every film to a blockbuster event.
Wrapping the exterior, the lavish terrace is a breathtaking perch from which to take in the sights. Fresh air and unparalleled views of the surrounding community can be enjoyed from the outdoor lounges, barbecue area, and alfresco dining spaces.
Tranquil and relaxing, Forma’s expansive Retreat is a haven for holistic rejuvenation. Thanks to its user-centric offerings replete with resort-quality finishes and fixtures, residents will unwind in the treatment room and linked sauna–jacuzzi in style, and in no time at all.
The main exercise area is subdued and warm, almost residential in feel. Unlike a commercial gym, its wood and sculptural forms are welcoming and humanizing. High-intensity areas like the Spin Studio, on the other hand, with its lit ceiling and saturated colours, reflect exuberance and high energy.
Designed in tune with body and mind wellness, the interiors contrast robust materials with softly sculptural forms. There are spaces for both restorative and musclebuilding exercises, including rooms dedicated to cardio and weight training, spinning, yoga, personal training, and even boxing. Combine the latest equipment with exciting views and every experience becomes a dynamic one.
Forma’s luxury Creator’s Club spaces offer a variety of inspired – and inspiring – zones to motivate the resident creative. From quiet and homey to broad, bold, and artistic, the co working spaces features semi-private alcoves as well as centralized lounge areas and boardrooms; it is ideal for focused work and virtual calls, informal breakouts, and group meetings. Positive and enlivening, these productive spaces are a joy to spend time in. A nearby games and billiards room encourages work–life balance.
Included in the Creator’s Club are spaces designed to extend the limits of creativity. Complete your next project in the woodworking, painting, and crafts rooms, or share your ideas with the world by producing podcasts and other multimedia output in the soundproof recording studio.
Access to Private Members Only Benefits
Living at Forma means you have access to a third-party concierge service that will provide à la carte lifestyle amenities.
Available around the clock, the concierge is always present to greet your guests and receive packages. Discreet and proficient, with professional white-glove service, the Concierge’s key role is to anticipate your every need.
The role of the on-site Program Director is to create a sense of community and encourage social engagement through gatherings within the building. The calendar of coordinated events, shaped by the residents and their interests, may include sessions with a fitness coach, art nights, wine club meetings, and more.
With hotel-inspired concierge services, including everything from personal shopping to the pampering of pets, Forma delivers a host of exciting à la carte lifestyle services.
Forward-thinking Condominiums Complement Gehry’s Architecture
Taking cues from the architect’s broad gestures, as well as great hotels from around the world, the Studio Paolo Ferrari–designed residential suites employ vast curves and such monumental materials as swathes of marble, walnut, oak, and quartz. The overall look is both timeless and unconventional.
Suites range from one-, two-, and three-bedroom designs to penthouse residences. Forma’s suites surprise at every turn, from the intimate arrival through to the open-concept living and dining room.
The Luxury Ensuite
Hotel-inspired, the principal bathroom is layered with functionality. Its vanity and wall-mounted shelving unit provide copious storage, while large-format floor to-ceiling porcelain tile makes for a serene at-home spa experience. Choose from elegant millwork paired with quartz surfacing or go bold with grey oak and slate.
The Gourmet Chef’s Kitchen
At the heart of each Forma home is a distinctive kitchen. Anchoring the living and dining spaces, the kitchens are showpieces expertly executed in light, medium, and dark palettes. Residents can choose from crisp, light cabinetry finishes as well as those that are inky and dramatic. Surfacing, too, ranges from muted to mid tone earthen to bold.
Stunning Vistas, From Inside and Out
An unmatched addition to Toronto’s skyline, Forma is a sight to behold from every vantage point – from inside its luxury suites and from far across the GTA. Exhilarating panoramic views are the focal point of each residential suite and, for admirers at ground level, Forma delivers a stunning light show.
At Forma, world-class features and finishes are a given. From designer cabinetry to luxe tiles, special attractions abound. Upgrades and customization are available to make the home even more heavenly.
Located at the Corner of King and Duncan, Forma is a Tony Address
Situated at the nexus of Toronto’s Entertainment and Financial Districts, this neighbourhood boasts culture on every corner, from stunning architecture to dreamy green spaces, and from intimate dining destinations to crowd-drawing performance venues.
Restaurants & Bars
King West provides everything from homecooked favourites to sit-down dinner extravaganzas delivering the latest in exotic ingredients and culinary techniques. Steps from Soho House, Akira Back and Alo, Forma residents will have some of the city’s best culinary offerings at their doorstep. Pubs and posh cocktail destinations round out the eclectic offering.
Wellness & Parks
King Street West and its surrounding neighbourhoods offer multiple pockets of respite ideal for exercise and quiet time. Intimate spas and sports clubs abound, as do open green spaces, all within a short walk from Forma.
Ambiance & Attractions
Numerous cultural institutions reside not far from Forma, proof the Frank Gehry-designed structure is in the perfect downtown location. Populated with music venues, theatres, and compelling architecture, King Street is a lively enclave devoted to the arts.
Forma is perfectly situated in the heart of Toronto. From its King West address, located along a pedestrian promenade that prioritizes those commuting by foot, bicycle, and transit, this area is fully connected to the city at large.
Design and Development Partners Raising the Bar in Toronto
Gehry International | Design
Gehry Partners, LLP is a full-service architectural firm with extensive international experience in the design and construction of academic, cultural, commercial, and master-planning projects. Every project undertaken by GP is personally designed by Frank Gehry and supported by the broad resources of the firm’s senior partners and 150-person staff. The firm focuses on the functional and aspirational needs of its clients, resulting in on-time and on-budget projects that fulfill the client’s goals. A digitally enabled process has led to reductions in construction waste, change-orders, and cost while facilitating intense collaboration with the client and the entire team.
Studio Paolo Ferrari | Interiorism
Paolo Ferrari is an internationally recognized designer and the founder of Studio Paolo Ferrari, a Toronto-based, multidisciplinary design studio with a focus on interiors and objects. The studio is currently involved in projects throughout North America, Europe, and the Middle East. Throughout his career, Ferrari has worked with luxury heavyweights including Four Seasons, St. Regis, and LVMH. Studio Paolo Ferrari’s work emerges through the pursuit of inventive and resonant concepts, led by design strategy, refinement, and integrity. Creative thinking, collaboration, and optimism guide the studio’s approach. At its most fundamental, we believe design is about celebrating the human experience.
Dream Unlimited | Developer
Founded in 1994 with a vision to revolutionize the way people live and work, Dream is one of Canada’s leading real estate companies, with over $16 billion in assets across North America and Europe. Responsible for some of the country’s most iconic and transformative projects including the Distillery District, Canary District, and Zibi in Ottawa, Dream is a leader in urban place-making. With over 21,400 new residential condominium and rental units in development, Dream is dynamically shaping the cities of the future.
Westdale Properties | Developer
A family company with a unique vision for multiresidential real estate and an understanding of mixed-use development, Westdale is committed to fostering positive experiences for the thousands of people who live in, work in, and shop at its properties. Its Canadian portfolio alone includes close to 7,000 residential units and over 2.5 million square feet of retail, commercial, and industrial spaces. Across the U.S., it owns and operates close to 35,000 residential units in 150 properties and 30 cities, as well as 3 million square feet of retail and commercial space.
Great Gulf | Developer
Great Gulf, the residential division of the Great Gulf Group of Companies, was established in 1975, and has since become one of North America’s leading real estate organizations, with fully integrated activities that span the entire real estate spectrum. Through our various platforms, Great Gulf develops, constructs, and manages residential and commercial real estate across 18 cities and employs over 1,500 people in North America. Great Gulf has developed over 80,000 residences and 30 million square feet of commercial real estate over its 45-year history. While much has changed, one thing has not; its unwavering commitment to building spaces that inspire people to live greatly.
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