Anyone looking at the Toronto skyline will notice the very tall Toronto CN Tower that stands-out head and shoulders above other buildings in Toronto, Canada. But the Toronto CN Tower is not generally considered a high-rise building as it does not have successive floors that can be occupied even though it is the tallest man-made structure in Toronto and even in North America.
The title for the tallest building in Toronto is currently held by the First Canadian Place, which rises 298 metres (978 ft) tall in Toronto’s Financial District. First Canadian Place has held on to the title of being Toronto’s tallest building since it was completed in 1975. However we have got news that this honor will change hands in the near future.
A Vancouver based developer called Pinnacle International has now proposed to build a 88 storey (272m) building in Toronto. This building is going to be part of a mega development proposal for a tract of downtown land in Toronto that is bounded by Yonge and Freeland Streets, Lake Shore Blvd, and Queens Quay.
Here is a graphic drawing of the proposed mega towers.
According to a website called Urban Toronto;
Proposed development includes 6 new Hariri Pontarini-designed buildings alongside a vertically-extended incarnation of the existing 25-storey Toronto Star building, with an eastbound extension of Harbour Street planned to run through the middle of the plot. The north block would contain 4 new primarily residential buildings are set to rise to heights of 75, 80, 80 and 88 storeys, the tallest of which is planned to rise 272 metres, measured to top of the uppermost floor. On the south block plans call for a 70-storey hotel and condominium tower, a 40-storey office building, and a 10-storey addition to the current Toronto Star building, bringing the total height of the structure up 136.0 metres.
These days, we here lot of proposal for super-tall building like this in Western cities facing opposition from various city planners and urban cogestion issues not to mention opposition from local community. The final result is the buildings that are built in these locations are significantly smaller than the original proposals. We hope that doesn’t happen to this proposal and it really gets built soon.