Dezeen’s Amy Frearson shares a first look at a new residential development planned for downtown Toronto by the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG).

The unnamed project, temporarily dubbed “Habitat 2.0” in an Instagram post by Ingels, is intentionally reminiscent of 1960s design by Moshe Safdie in its cubed, modular arrangement. The design contains 500 apartments, stacked throughout five towers in ranging heights between 15 and 17 stories.

"The scale of the project is so broken down that it almost looks like a bundle of homes rather than a big new building," Ingels said.

The unusual layout will create numerous different configurations for residents, and apartments will come in a variety of sizes. But most units will have private terraces, many of which will offer impressive views over the city rooftops.

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