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Old February 12th, 2010, 09:46 PM   #401
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^yeah, I'm interested if this design feature is mirrored on the east side and how the box shaped massing and feature translate to the narrow north and south sides
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Old February 12th, 2010, 11:29 PM   #402
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WELL! This is quite the pleasant surprise! I think I prefer this MUCH more than the previous design!
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Old February 12th, 2010, 11:48 PM   #403
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Are we sure this is the final design ??
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Old February 13th, 2010, 03:11 AM   #404
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it is nice, but it is not toronto.
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Old February 13th, 2010, 09:08 AM   #405
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it is nice, but it is not toronto.
I'm not sure what that means...
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Old February 14th, 2010, 12:13 AM   #406
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hate to say it but it looks oddly familiar...
i don't like it at all
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Old February 14th, 2010, 12:37 AM   #407
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I kind've like the design. The curving balconies element is slightly similar to the spectacular Aqua in Chicago, but much more conservative and toned down. Personally, I'd prefer something more grand and imposing for this intersection, rather than something chic and understated (and still fairly conventional) like this, but I'd still gave the design 6.5/10.

And as far as height is concerned, I won't be happy with anything below 250m.
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Old February 15th, 2010, 05:59 AM   #408
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I kind've like the design. The curving balconies element is slightly similar to the spectacular Aqua in Chicago, but much more conservative and toned down. Personally, I'd prefer something more grand and imposing for this intersection, rather than something chic and understated (and still fairly conventional) like this, but I'd still gave the design 6.5/10.

And as far as height is concerned, I won't be happy with anything below 250m.
I've heard it will be around 220 metres. Don't quote me on that though.

It's still too early to judge for me though. The people over at UrbanToronto are destroying this building based on one rendering. They have no idea what the podium or the roof feature looks like, so I'm waiting to see more angles. The most important thing about this building is how it meets the street, if it does that successfully than the building will be great.
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Old February 15th, 2010, 06:23 AM   #409
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I'm going to give it the benefit of the doubt until more accurate renders come out.
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Old February 15th, 2010, 07:38 AM   #410
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Anything around 230m will be fine for this building. As for street presense, it should be strictly condo. Probably a dark tinted glass on the first couple of floors where the lobby and the amenities are. They are probably still working on the street level design so people should give their suggestion.
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Old March 24th, 2010, 05:34 PM   #411
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NUMBER ONE BLOOR

Okay, here's the new developer (Great Gulf)'s proposal... something very different for Toronto:







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Old March 24th, 2010, 05:49 PM   #412
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Nice!
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Old March 24th, 2010, 06:06 PM   #413
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The pink one is dizzy.
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Old March 24th, 2010, 06:19 PM   #414
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Some of those are from Romania - not even Greece, if that's you are thinking of.

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Old March 24th, 2010, 09:18 PM   #415
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wow... looks really great. I like the " hanging" gardens idea. Actually hope to see more of these platforms covered with tree's and green spaces on top more often and around town.
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Old March 25th, 2010, 08:40 AM   #416
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A view of the model at the VIP gala opening.

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Old March 26th, 2010, 10:13 AM   #417
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Thanks to interchange42 on UT for the amazingly comprehensive and informative pics and info.

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Okay: lots of photos. To see larger versions, please visit my Flickr set, and play the slideshow, or click on the ALL SIZES button above the individual pics.

First, the overall model from various angles.

Here's something to look for, even though you will not see it: the building behind the balconies is not a rectangle. Each side of the building is angled two ways, with one angle running parallel to the street it fronts, while another portion angles out gently towards the street. The angling brings the building out toward the corner points of the balconies. If one were to pull those corner points out further, the building would look like a pinwheel from above... have I described that clearly?


from the west:

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from the northwest:

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from the north:

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from the northeast:

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from the east:

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and from the southeast:

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Next, a look at the roofline, and a good time to talk about materials. The building will be clad in curtainwall, with the balconies edged with fritted glass, presumably producing an effect not entirely unlike KPMB's Festival Tower. Above the 65th floor the sculptural articulation of the balconies below will continue to the roof with the fritted glass, alternating with the clear glass of the curtainwall: this building will end up with a lantern style mechanical room up top.


from the northeast:

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from the northwest:

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from the southwest:

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from the southeast:

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Now for the podium and street level details of the model.


from the northeast, across Bloor Street:

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from the north, as if from 2 Bloor East:

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from the northwest, as if from 2 Bloor West:

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looking down Yonge Street: (with a large indent at the corner with Bloor: could this be the Apple store's entrance some day?)

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the Yonge Street facade: retail on floors 1 and 2, residential terraces on 3, 4, 5, and 6.

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the podium from the southwest: vehicular access will be from a slightly widened Hayden Street.

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spa level on the 7th floor from the southwest: the podium roof will hold 4 feet of soil for the trees and plants to grow in

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spa level from the south: indoor and outdoor pools, a view to the spa atrium

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spa level from the east: the swim-in/swin-out pool

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level 6: lower spa level, plus residences in the south end of the podium

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level 7: outdoor spa level

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Finally, the design team assembles by the model:

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David Gerofsky, President and COO of developer Great Gulf, Anna Simone of interior design firm Cecconi Simone Inc., Janet Rosenberg of landscape architect Janet Rosenberg + Associates, David Pontarini of architectural firm Hariri Pontarini Architects.


Further details regarding the design:

Commercial space will be approximately 100,000 square feet, with 35,000 sq ft of that at street level, 45,000 sq ft of that on the level above, and 25,000 sq ft on the concourse (read: basement) level. A pedestrian mall connection will run through the ground floor commercial space from Yonge Street straight into the TTC connection in the Xerox building. One Bloor will not connect under Bloor Street to the Hudson's Bay Centre.

Ways to highlight the building's curves with light are night are being considered: LEDs may be used to trace the curves.

Suites are grouped in 4 sections:
The Podium: these suites do not appear to be on sale in the intial phase.
Silver: floors 8 through 38: 12 units per floor
Gold: floors 39 through 59: 10 units per floor
Platinum: floors 60 through 65: 6 units per floor
Those distinctions also have to do with level of finishing and features.

Sales are open first, and as of now, to buyers who purchased in the former Bazis project on this site. There is no firm date as yet to when the units will be on sale to the general public.

And now the question you've all been waiting for: the developer was asked at the launch if the building might increase in height before all is said and done. The answer: yes, it might, if the demand is there.

So for all of you screaming for 80 stories at Bloor and Yonge: if you want that, go out and buy a unit here. If you don't buy a unit here, don't whine incessantly about there only being 65 floors in the plan for this tower.

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Old March 26th, 2010, 05:59 PM   #418
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I feel that the east facade (which will be partially hidden by the small office tower next door) is nicer than the west facade facing down onto Yonge Street. Woops

I just prefer the way the east side resolves into the crown more smoothly and elegantly.

Still pretty happy with this design though
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Old March 26th, 2010, 06:07 PM   #419
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Meh, it's okay, but it looks suspiciouly like Aqua Tower in Chicago.
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Old March 26th, 2010, 06:24 PM   #420
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This is going to fill in the corner nicely!
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