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Old August 7th, 2008, 05:11 PM   #381
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and here's a rendering for 18 York..

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Old August 7th, 2008, 05:51 PM   #382
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new rendering of 300 Front S. W., a new condo in pre-registration phase, as posted by Tridelwebmaster over at urbantoronto.ca....

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Old August 13th, 2008, 04:12 AM   #383
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flickr pic by zJMac showing the Success Tower under contruction, and looking west along the Gardiner Expressway....

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Old August 13th, 2008, 04:59 AM   #384
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Nice!

I now have high expectations for Uptown Residences. Just look at the Elysian in Chicago...it's precast too!!
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Old September 5th, 2008, 08:20 AM   #385
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Is there a thread on the Giraffe yet? I read about it today in the Globe - I'll paste it below in case anyone didnt see it.


ARCHITECTURE
Egotistical — for the right reasons
The new Giraffe condo tower is designed to stand out and stake a spot for Toronto on the international architectural landscape
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For years, the glass condominium tower has been the architectural epitome of urban chic. Its sleek surfaces gleam by day and glow by night, brightening the streetscape. The best glass high-rises of our time lend welcome sophistication to cities — and, as everyone knows, Toronto can use all the uptown ritz it can get.

But the glass condo tower's day in the sun may be passing. One challenge comes from the growing cohort of "green"-conscious home buyers, put off by the energy inefficiency of all-glass buildings. Another comes from developers and architects bored by abstract glass boxes and eager to invent new forms that respond more vividly to actual sites and urban conditions.

An interesting convergence of these market and creative forces stands behind the design of TAS DesignBuild's Giraffe, a 29-storey stack of 275 condominiums proposed for the odd-angled intersection of Bloor Street West and Dundas Street West in Toronto.

Hogtown has never seen anything like it.



Instead of standing straight and tall, like a conventional tower, this jaunty building throws a hip here, swings a cantilevered shoulder there, pokes out, tucks in. Instead of showing a flat, transparent face to the city, it sports a sculpted maze-like grid of balconies that resembles a computer circuit board flipped up against the skyline. Giraffe swaggers too much to be beautiful. But it just might bring a moment of scrappy toughness to its drab urban corner.

"What we did — and this is where it gets tricky — was the opposite of the suburban model," says Giraffe's architect, Stephen Teeple, "where you have a podium and you stick something separate from that on the top.

"The site [of Giraffe] has an acute angle at the intersection of Dundas and Bloor. [The building] tries to be very precise about relating to the geometry of the street, but when it takes it up and cantilevers it out, there's no doubt it becomes a constructivist sculpture. But unlike a constructivist form, which would be a pure composition, it's rooted in that urban geometry … in the condition of the way the road meets the street. It's definitely a modern language."

The structure will come loaded with environmentally mindful features, starting with the skin. "We've conceived this building with two layers, glass and a sort of matrix of opaque surfaces," Mr. Teeple said. "So it's designed to have only about 60 per cent glass and 40 per cent solid. That puts your energy, right away, in line with the energy points we need for a LEED silver target."

(The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green-building rating system is a third-party process intended to encourage environmental responsibility in new construction. A gold rating is top-notch; silver is just under it.)

In addition to LEED-compliant cladding, Giraffe will offer energy-recovery ventilation units in each apartment, low-pressure plumbing and dual-flush toilets to reduce water use, energy-saving appliances and material finishes chosen for their low off-gassing properties. An 8,000-square-foot roof garden will afford residents the chance to grow their own vegetables and flowers.

But environmental concern must go beyond water and hydro, Mazyar Mortazavi, principal in TAS DesignBuild, told me. His company intends to contribute a share of the profits from Giraffe to the Waterkeeper Alliance, an international service organization led by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., that aims to protect and conserve waterways and watersheds. (Mr. Mortazavi declined to tell me the amount TAS will donate.)

Closer to home, TAS will publish, at its own expense, a guide to businesses in the west Toronto vicinity of Giraffe.

Giraffe's most immediate and most visible addition to city life, however, will be its artistic design.



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Old September 5th, 2008, 10:44 AM   #386
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[QUOTE=isaidso;20242949][IMG]http://i22.************/e5itmd.jpg[/IMG]

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Toronto is booming like hell!!!

Are all the Pro - U/C - App towers on the last pic?

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Old September 6th, 2008, 05:02 PM   #387
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Toronto is booming like hell!!!

Are all the Pro - U/C - App towers on the last pic?
no ,those renders are a bit outdated.over a dozen new projects are missing
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Old September 6th, 2008, 07:47 PM   #388
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no ,those renders are a bit outdated.over a dozen new projects are missing
O my God they building like hell there. But still very nice skyline .
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Old September 10th, 2008, 01:44 AM   #389
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several downtown TO projects in this flickr pic by dvxn...

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Old September 13th, 2008, 06:37 AM   #390
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here's a new one proposed, waiting for approval by the city - 306/310 Richmond St. W., 35 storeys height 121.7 meters, mixed use hotel/residential, the hotel has already been announced to be a Gansevoort Hotel....kind of neat design by TAS, will feature 'hanging' gardens....



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Old September 18th, 2008, 02:48 AM   #391
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looking west along the Gardiner Expressway, shot by Redroom Studios at urbantoronto.ca,

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Old October 4th, 2008, 09:56 PM   #392
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Telus office tower, with about 10 more stories to go, pic by CGM over at urbantoronto.ca......

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Old October 15th, 2008, 09:58 PM   #393
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Many, many cranes... no reported cancellations (yet).

Please visit and report your first impressions if you arrive downtown via the Gardiner Expressway... it's lookin' a little crazy.
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Old October 15th, 2008, 10:26 PM   #394
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Another new development, Cumberland Terrace.

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And some very disappointing news, the L tower has become the l tower after the podium was scrapped. Another jewel turned into an average joe.


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Old October 16th, 2008, 12:34 AM   #395
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Disappointing yes... average Joe? Not even close.
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Old October 16th, 2008, 12:38 AM   #396
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It was the building people seemed most intrigued by. Losing the podium has been deflating, but it's still a spectacular building. Let's just hope nothing else goes wrong, and they start construction soon.
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Old October 16th, 2008, 02:14 AM   #397
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Another new development, Cumberland Terrace.

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And some very disappointing news, the L tower has become the l tower after the podium was scrapped. Another jewel turned into an average joe.


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Shitty, yes. But ya lose one, and gain two.
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Old October 16th, 2008, 02:51 AM   #398
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Huh, they are 2 separate projects
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Old October 16th, 2008, 03:06 AM   #399
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i just love Toronto....
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Old October 16th, 2008, 03:17 AM   #400
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Come visit us. The more the merrier.
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