Allies and Morrison won an invited international competition to develop proposals for a major new mixed use project in Toronto. Situated in the Yorkville neighbourhood, the project is conceived as a signature high density development that brings together a new commercial office tower, five residential towers, a shared podium and a retail concourse integrated with existing public transport infrastructure.
At the heart of the scheme sits a covered public square which will knit into the surrounding urban grain. A dramatic canopy provides shelter over it – especially important during Toronto’s long winters – and allows the square to be a year-round space for public activities such as markets and festivals. Made of a lattice of timber coffers and glass skylights arranged in a dramatic graphic pattern, the roof itself is a memorable piece of structure. Around the square is a welcoming retail podium providing continuous active frontage at ground level which wraps around the square, the routes to it and along the streets around the development.
Five new residential towers and the sixth office tower appear to emerge from the podium, framing the new public square. Slender in form, from afar they provide a recognisable silhouette on the skyline. Up close, the intricate detail of each building’s external fabric is different with subtle changes in how windows, external structure, material and colour are expressed. At the same time, they share features such as their modular structure and brass coloured tops, conveying the perception that the towers are a balanced family. Conceived as a pluralistic icon, the towers shine in the light of dusk and are a contemporary iteration of the golden age of skyscrapers in North America.
Civil and M&E engineer
Transport and logistics
BA Consulting Group
Urban Strategies Inc
KPMB, Adamson Associates
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