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Just a heads up, apparently the roof shown will not be the same in the final design. They're saying this may have been thrown together just to give people an idea of scale.

This is not the final design!
 

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How many times have we heard, "this is not the final design" and it basically turns out to be the final design.
Almost every time we see a first render it never represents the final design accurately. How many times? Too many to count in Toronto.
 

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I actually like the existing building. There's no need to cover it in cladding.
It's a mess up close, most of the concrete panels have steel rods inserted to keep them from falling off the building. It's not aging well. I love how it looks as well but when you get up close to it you can see it's in need of a lot of work.
 

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The name is Icon and Core has released some new renders for us.







From Blog T.O -

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New condo proposed on top of University office tower
Posted by Robyn Urback / January 18, 2013

Either we've run out of decent spots to build new condos, or the corner of University and Dundas is just too good a spot to pass up. The City of Toronto has received a rezoning application to build a residential tower on top of an existing office at 480 University Avenue.

Presented as "The Icon" by Amexon Developments back in May (real original name, guys), the building will see a total of 55 storeys — 37 storeys of residential added atop an existing 18 storey tower. If approved, the new tower will house 453 residential units, many of which will face the joys of 24-hour, multi-lane traffic.

Proximity to the subway station is an undeniable perk, but University Ave. isn't exactly a hub of residential delights. That probably explains why most of its towers are office spaces or commercial in nature. Unless the existing tower at 480 University is grounded with some sort of mega-existing foundation, I think we can anticipate a pretty major overhaul to make this structure capable of supporting another 37 storeys.




more here: http://www.blogto.com/city/2013/01/new_condo_proposed_on_top_of_university_office_tower/
 
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