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MaRS Discovery District Phase II (661 University Ave / 101 College St) | Complete | 23 st | 113 m | Discovery District

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According to todays Globe (page A11) "next week directors of the non-profit MaRS discovery district are scheduled to announce a private-sector investment of more than $300 million to complete the second phase..."

"The new building will more than double the laboratory and office space available in the complex, making it bigger than any single office tower in the financial district...." It will grow to 1.6 million square feet by 2010. And the best part, "the potential market for research-oriented office in that district, five minutes from the hospitals in one direction, five minutes from the university in the other, is as much as 10 million square feet according to city economic-development officer Kyle Benham.
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Hard to tell from such a small render, but it looks good. A mashup of sorts involving the nearby Leslie Pharmacy building and CCBR.

- 900,000 sq. ft.
- connected to the subway
- showcase "front room" that will server as entry point to the city's discovery district.
Looks interesting from that point of view. It will complement that intersection nicely.
^I'm more concerned with how it compliments the rest of the MARS complex (and the greater TGH block) than the intersection
Well it seems to have a bit more flair than the Tower on the other side, so it may not provide a certain sense of symmetry.
^I'm more concerned with how it compliments the rest of the MARS complex (and the greater TGH block) than the intersection
I dunno if I like it or not. I'll wait for more renders.
900,000 sq. ft? That's massive! It's bigger than Telus!
at 23 storeys, symmetry was already out of play. I like it however a mirror of this side on the east would not be good
Well it seems to have a bit more flair than the Tower on the other side, so it may not provide a certain sense of symmetry
Me likey, likey!

Looks like a block guy hugging the building.
^^OMG HAHAH IT DOES! It looks like a guy is squatting/sitting and hugging the building! LOL! What an awesome observation! Beautiful tower btw.. LOVE IT!
Yea a headless and one legged block guy squatting and hugging the building.
Hah awesome! It so does.. I love it
Yea a headless and one legged block guy squatting and hugging the building.
huh? all I see is an arrow pointing up
Ya I see an arrow too.
I'm not sure it looks like 900 000sf of space.
Okay. After seeing that bigger render, which I missed earlier. I love it! Loooove it!
great renders here:

http://www.marsdd.com/phaseII/

I love it. It's going to look so good on University. This is a truly great Canadian success story in the making.
Really awesome building, however would of prefered if they designed to be curvy to match the Toronto Hydro building to create the perfect gateway for University Avenue looking down from Queen's Park. Now that would be the money shot!
is it just me or does that pic make downtown look kinda sprawly and lowrise? i definately know toronto is none of those things, but that picture looks odd.
ohh i like and i want to work there too.
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