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Old November 12th, 2005, 02:16 AM   #1
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The Future of Toronto

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done by elliot btw...simply amazing
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Old November 12th, 2005, 02:17 AM   #2
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Was wondering, what's the tallest there (apart from CN tower obviously )
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Old November 12th, 2005, 02:18 AM   #3
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That is awsome but we are still short of some supertalls like the Chi-towns Calatrava.
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Old November 12th, 2005, 02:43 AM   #4
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Quote:
Originally Posted by malec
Was wondering, what's the tallest there (apart from CN tower obviously )
The tallest currently proposed (for a while actually) is Sapphire Tower at 342 m (at least this is the figure from most sources). The tower is now being redesigned for the Nth time, I think the city wasn't too happy with the shadowing effects of the tower. This is the tower by the eccentric Harry Stinson -- the local who wants to build a skyscraper taller than the next tallest in Trump Toronto.

Trump Toronto (325m) is almost guaranteed to go up likely by some time next year.

There's also quite a few high quality hotel proposals (all 5 star properties I believe) in Shangri-La, Ritz Carleton and the flagship Four Season's hotel (Four Seasons is based in Toronto) They will all be around 700ft in height.
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Old November 12th, 2005, 02:48 AM   #5
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Well done. What's the tower in the foreground (on the extreme left) that's U/C? Is it real or just added for effect?
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Old November 12th, 2005, 02:58 AM   #6
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wow, it looks great
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Old November 12th, 2005, 03:30 AM   #7
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I like it. Truely one of the best looking skylines out there.
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Old November 12th, 2005, 04:57 AM   #8
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I believe this one was already approved by the city (?):

Hummingbird Tower
Daniel Libeskind
188.7 m / 619 ft.

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Old November 12th, 2005, 04:59 AM   #9
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Old November 12th, 2005, 05:13 AM   #10
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Tal boi you should have posted a Panorama Without the approved/UC buildings for comparison, And honestly all toronto needs is just one more supertall around 500m and we'd be set AWSOME skyline lovin it!!.

The two Great Lake sister cities (Toronto, Chicago) are flexing its muscle
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Old November 12th, 2005, 09:03 AM   #11
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Old November 12th, 2005, 09:29 AM   #12
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What's that building beside CN tower kinda around 270 meters?? I'm not aware of a scraper going up there??<<

Like I mean the Building right next to CN tower in the pic below?
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Old November 12th, 2005, 09:44 AM   #13
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That's the previous render of Signature tower.. the final tower of Cityplace. It will likely be a monster, since Cityplace have said that it will be the tallest tower of the 20 tower development. There will be a redesign so that the render in the pic is just a placeholder for now.
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Old November 12th, 2005, 09:45 AM   #14
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the render's are by elliot here is the labeled version



and before and after
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Old November 12th, 2005, 04:29 PM   #15
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Since Talboi started a new thread, I may as well include my original comments to explain things like "construction cranes".

The gist of it is this... most of these projects are underway or will be soon in my opinion. For example, the outrageously priced Ritz Carlton (destined to be a landmark along with Libeskind's Hummingbird tower) was 35% sold within days of opening sales... there is no doubt it will break ground in 2006.

BTW, Signature looks huge because it will be... but it is also more than a quarter mile closer to the camera than FCP @ 1000 feet. So bear in mind the POV, elevation changes etc.

Here's the half meg version of the pic if you want a closer look and have a fast connection:


Half meg photo:

futureTdot



Here's my attempt at photo-realism, adding projects to the Toronto skyline that are u/c
or will be soon in my estimation.
The base photo was taken from west of Park Lawn (Humber Bay Parks).

Any projects that I included with an unknown status (or may have to face
the OMB for approval such as Sapphire) are seen as "in progress" and flagged
with construction cranes. The only complete fabrication is the unknown
project for Gerrard and Yonge which may include RoCP, but will be huge in
any case. Signature received that "in progress" treatment because the final height is
bound to change (upwards I'm betting).

I had to give up adding all the projects underway or approved for the western
waterfront. As you can see there is a complete wall of towers as is, that
completely obscure 18 Yonge, 4 towers of Pinnacle Centre, Infinity etc..
I couldn't include Malibu and just hinted at the 20 or so towers that will add
to the Fort York neighbourhood, Liberty Village etc. not to mention all the
other Cityplace towers.... just too many buildings from this POV.


Some of the present u/c "biggies" such as One King West and Spire can't
even be glimpsed behind the dense core.

Almost every new building was created from scratch from elevations and
using "sample skins" to create the finished product.

On left side of the photo, I used a sort of "long lens" treatment to squash the
breaks of green/low rise that separate North York from Y&E etc. so that at
least a hint of the breadth of the north south skyline could be seen. Real
buildings were used but some license was obviously taken. For
out-of-towners, the height of some projects such as Quantum 2 can be
explained by the very substantial rise in elevation from the lake (south) to the
northern clusters.

The pale little cluster on the top left of the render is a glimpse of the North
York cluster... some of those buildings are nearly 400 feet high!

Below you will find a small version of the render, a before and after snapshot
and link to a larger image for those with a fast connection (half a meg) who
want a closer look.

Feel free to post this any where, but I would appreciate it if you didn't mess
with it. Enjoy.



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Old November 12th, 2005, 07:33 PM   #16
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Wow, it looks great. I hope most of these will be built.
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Old November 12th, 2005, 08:06 PM   #17
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Old November 12th, 2005, 10:57 PM   #18
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and think that render is missing a half dozen towers
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Old November 12th, 2005, 11:09 PM   #19
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Impressive!!!
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Old November 12th, 2005, 11:35 PM   #20
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I like San Diego... have friends there. Plus, Torrey Pines.

Imagine if they built T-Dot there, next to the zoo. omg.... even great weather....
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