Toronto gets curvy office and hotel complex with booming sky bridge
The tallest approved building in all of Canada is under construction at the sprawling One Yonge site on Toronto’s waterfront, but the developer Pinnacle International has even bigger plans for the mega-complex at the foot of Yonge Street.
As it should be: The developer bought the Toronto Star headquarters, printing plant, and surrounding parking lot in 2012 for a staggering price of over a quarter of a billion dollars.
The phased complex has always included plans to massively expand the existing Toronto Star building – a tower known for its minimalist concrete grid and shiny blue roof signage – but latest renderings reveal a change of course that would retain the look. feature of the building, while adding a new curvaceous vertical extension above.
Conceived by Hariri Pontarini Architects, the complex will bring three condo towers with heights of 95, 80, 65 floors to the north. A future extension to the east of Harbor Street will divide this first trio of towers altering the skyline from a commercial component planned to the south.
The final plans for the fourth and fifth phases of the complex were submitted to the city in December, planned as a 22-story office tower to the east and a 40-story office and hotel tower to the west.
Much remains the same as an earlier plan for the site, including an aerial bridge rising nearly two dozen levels above Queens Quay, and a hotel / office tower surrounding the north and east sides. of the existing 25-story Toronto Star building, with 15 new levels added above.
And while the existing landmark would remain, it would no longer be concrete lining the exterior.
A metal panel finish would retain the grid-like aesthetic of the tower, but the distinctive concrete surfaces would be covered for good.
This is still a welcome departure from earlier plans, which would have encased the towerâs concrete exterior in the blue glass that makes up much of Toronto’s modern skyline.
Now in its sitemap approval phase, the application is approaching the final approval conditions that will allow the excavators to go into the ground when the developer sees fit.
Hariri Pontarini Architects