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Crews Break Ground on Canada's Tallest Building

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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Construction on Canada’s future tallest building has begun, according to a press release issued by architecture firm Foster + Partners, which designed the 85-story project.

Sitting at 1,003 feet tall with a floor space sprawl of 860,294 square feet, the tower, referred to as “The One,” will be Canada’s tallest building, and second tallest man-made structure, sitting behind Toronto’s CN Tower.

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Construction on Canada’s future tallest building has begun, according to a press release issued by architecture firm Foster + Partners, which designed the 85-story project.

Designed for client Mizrahi Developments in a collaboration with CORE Architects, The One will house several levels of retail and restaurants, a 175-room hotel and 60 floors of condo apartments and penthouses.

The building is situated on the axis of Toronto’s Yorkville neighborhood and downtown, an area that has recently undergone a lot of development.

“The One is the final piece of the jigsaw in the tower cluster at the Yonge and Bloor node—one of the most prominent intersections in the city,” said Giles Robinson, Senior Partner, Foster + Partners.

“The project creates a new anchor for high-end retail along Bloor Street West, while respecting the urban scale of Yonge Street. The design is respectful of the legacy of the William Luke Buildings, and incorporates the historic 19th century brick structures within the larger development.”

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The supertall skyscraper will have a glass curtain wall with an expressed structural frame, which will be articulated in a series of vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines set to be clad in a champagne bronze color.

The supertall skyscraper will have a glass curtain wall with an expressed structural frame, which will be articulated in a series of vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines set to be clad in a champagne bronze color.

The building will also feature horizontal bands at regular intervals (where mechanical floors are located) and the facade will feature LED lights.

Residential floors will follow a 620-square-foot module plan (for the condos) and all residents will have access to their amenities—spa, fitness facilities, library, entertaining rooms, gardens and terraces—via a sky lobby.

“The One will set new standards for commercial and retail developments in Canada. We’re extremely excited to be working with Mizrahi to realize this fantastic vision, and look forward to the next stages of the project with great anticipation,” added Robinson.

The Globe and Mail described the project as “essentially three towers piled on top of each other,” and quoted Robinson further on the design choice of the large columns with diagonal bracings.

"We feel that articulation of the structural frame is a strong image for the building and will become a talking point," Robinson said.

The One is expected to be completed in 2020.

   

Tagged categories: Architecture; Condominiums/High-Rise Residential; Design build

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