Toronto’s 70-storey condo building under construction

August 3, 2011

Designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects, One Bloor East will be Toronto’s fifth tallest building. Images courtesy Hariri Pontarini Architects.

Earlier this month, ground was broken on a mixed-use skyscraper that is set to be Toronto’s fifth tallest structure. The busy southeast corner of Yonge and Bloor Streets will be home to One Bloor Street East—a 70-storey project designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects.

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The tower and podium bring more than 700 condominium units to one of Downtown Toronto’s busiest intersections.

The 238-m (767-ft) building, expected to be completed by 2014, will have more than 730 condominium units, along with connections to the city’s two most prominent subway lines, spa and fitness facilities, and about 9290 m2 (100,000 sf) of retail space.

Developed by Great Gulf Homes and built by Tucker Hi-Rise Construction, One Bloor Street East is intended to serve as a downtown landmark. The project comprises a street-level podium with retail and commercial space, and a residential tower—a four-sided glazed curtain wall with no window wall and typical two-way slab construction, the architecture firm informed Construction Canada Online.

Of particular note are the undulating, fritted glass balconies that ‘pinwheel’ around the building, adding to the project’s unique esthetic. With respect to sustainability, heavily landscaped rooftops, a high-performance curtain wall, and use of energy modelling practices are important, but the design firm also points to the project’s overall scope—concentrating 700 units on a 0.5-ha (1-acre) site, organized around public transit and local services, workplaces, and retail. The project will be integrated into the Bloor Yorkville revitalization development, and is slated to include improved walkways, public art, and continuous planting areas with mature trees and shrubs.

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