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Old November 13th, 2008, 02:54 PM   #541
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Nice pictures from a different perspective.
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Old December 6th, 2008, 04:56 AM   #542
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Old December 6th, 2008, 06:53 AM   #543
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love those pics, Skybean!
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Old December 8th, 2008, 01:10 AM   #544
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It looks so unreal !! Unusual shots !!
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Old December 16th, 2008, 08:10 AM   #545
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Oct 2008. Sorry I thought it was newer then I noticed the lack of snow.
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Old December 16th, 2008, 05:30 PM   #546
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I drove past the development about a year and a half ago and even now can't figure this out. In terms of the facades of the various buildings they all look a little too much cut from the same cloth. I thought to myself, is this Toronto's version of an urban renewal scheme, and if so, why did they choose one out of the 1960s?

The overall effect is that of witches in a coven, huddled around a cauldron. Double, double, toil and trouble....
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Old December 16th, 2008, 05:43 PM   #547
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It's been a widely aired complaint amongst Torontonians as well. Too sterile, too monotonous, and they aren't respecting how buildings meet the street in a city core. If these were out in the suburbs, fine, but downtown requires buildings that abut right up against the sidewalk to form an 'apron'. It's what makes our downtown streets exciting and enticing places for pedestrians.

City Place is what it is, and to be fair, is ending much better than it started. The first towers were worrisome, while the last ones are far better. Too much of the same thing though. It's done, so we'll just have to live with it and hope that it evolves over time into a more interesting place at street level. Currently, it makes a nice skyline shot, but it's an absolute snooze at sidewalk level. I couldn't imagine spending anytime down there at all.

Maple Leaf Square down the street is far better. Toronto should have insisted that all City Place towers had proper podiums like Maple Leaf Square or Festival Centre, and no 'grounds'. It's an utter waste of prime real estate. In an urban core, if you want greenery or open space, you go to a park or square.
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Old January 23rd, 2009, 11:05 AM   #548
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Tower #10 out of the 12 tower City Place development - LUNA
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Maple Leaf Square down the street is far better. Toronto should have insisted that all City Place towers had proper podiums like Maple Leaf Square or Festival Centre, and no 'grounds'. It's an utter waste of prime real estate. In an urban core, if you want greenery or open space, you go to a park or square.
Agreed. That's an issue I have with some of Vancouver's highrise developments as well. When built into this kind of context, they just don't feel urban.
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Agreed. That's an issue I have with some of Vancouver's highrise developments as well. When built into this kind of context, they just don't feel urban.
People see a high rise or density and associate it with being urban. For me, those 2 aren't enough. It needs that apron of buildings right up against the street, and scale that engages you at street level.
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I'm wondering how these glass facades survive amidst the temperature swings across seasons. Are they able to insulate units in the winter or would the glass help transfer the cold from the outside in, or condensate badly when cold air from outside clashes with the warm air from the inside?

How about during the summer when sunny, hot weather, turn the units into hot greenhouses?
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I'm wondering how these glass facades survive amidst the temperature swings across seasons. Are they able to insulate units in the winter or would the glass help transfer the cold from the outside in, or condensate badly when cold air from outside clashes with the warm air from the inside?

How about during the summer when sunny, hot weather, turn the units into hot greenhouses?
Canadian construction technology has been quite advanced for decades now. Our climate, growth, and massive infrastructure requirements have fostered an innovation intensive industry. Double glazing and even triple glazing has been standard throughout much of the country for a long time. A properly sealed window will not have condensation issues.

Contrary to what one may assume, most glass facades built in Canada protect from the cold better than brick. I've never been cold in a properly constructed modern Canadian home while standing right in front of a whole wall of glass.

It does get hot as a green house in the summer, but then you just open a window, or use an air conditioner.
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Old February 10th, 2009, 05:17 AM   #554
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Old February 20th, 2009, 08:21 AM   #555
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Old February 20th, 2009, 06:19 PM   #556
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Towers designs are good, nothing impressive, but they fit perfectly into Toronto's skyline. Nice addition for sure, and the construction is going well.
Final result will be great
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Here's a shot of the recently completed tower, Montage, taken from my friend's balcony this past weekend.

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Montage is really sleek, the best tower yet. I just wish they had gone with the rendering and added the brick on the lower half like they did with Neo.
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nice shot of Cityplace posted by greenleaf over at urbantoronto.ca, taken today while onboard a Porter Airlines flight landing at Toronto Island Airport....

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Where will Signature be located in that pic from greenleaf?
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