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Toronto is currently one of the most booming cities in the world, said to have more highrises under construction than the whole United States. I don't have much else to say really, pictures shall do the talking. This list is from

These are all buildings over 400 ft.


Trump International Hotel & Residences - 925 ft. (282.0 m) 60 floors

Nov 11 (Androiduk)

Aura at College Park [Residences of College Park] - 866 ft. (264 m) 75 floors

Nov 03 (Hypnotoad)

Shangri-La Hotel & Tower - 704 ft. (214.6 m) 65 floors

Nov 07 (Urbandreamer)

Ritz-Carlton Hotel & Residences [Simcoe Place] - 688 ft. (209.8 m) 53 floors

Nov 08 (Motage)

L Tower - 672 ft. (204.9 m) 57 floors

Nov 07 (Caltrane74)

Four Seasons Hotel & Tower [Four Seasons] - 669 ft. (204 m) 52 floors

Oct 30 (Sodapop)

Absoluteworld Tower I - 585 ft. (178.4 m) 56 floors

Nov 10 (Asmegin)

Absoluteworld Tower II - 525 ft. (160 m) 50 floors

Nov 10 (Asmegin)

Burano [Murano] - 525 ft. 50 floors

Nov 01 (dt_toronto_geek)

The Uptown Residences - 518 ft. (157.9 m) 48 floors

Nov 06 (Jasonzed)

Festival Tower [Bell Lightbox] - 514 ft. (156.7 m) 42 floors

Oct 16 (CML)

33 Bay [Pinnacle Centre] - **512 ft. (156.1 m) 52 floors

Oct 31 (Hypnotoad)

Star Tower [Beyond the Sea] - 498 ft. (151.8 m) 44 floors

Oct 15 (Interchange42)

Couture [Bloor Walk] - 462 ft. (141 m) - 42 floors

Oct 01 (Cruzin4u)

Clear Spirit Condominiums [Spirit Living] - 446 ft. (136 m) 40 floors

Nov 04 (Current)

Parade Tower II [Cityplace] - 418 ft. (127.4 m) 46 floors

Sep 18 (Jasonzed)

Solaris East [Metrogate] - 417 ft. (127.1 m) 40 floors

Sep 02 (Solaris)

Solaris West [Metrogate] - 417 ft. (127.1 m) 40 floors

Sep 11 (Solaris)

Charlie - 404 ft. (123.2 m) 36 floors
Nov 07 (Jasonzed)

Nautillus [The Waterview] - 400 ft. (122 m) 39 floors

Oct 20 (gis_guy)

The Gooderham [Spirit Living] - 400 ft. (122 m) 35 floors

Jul 19 (Jasonzed)


Ice Condominiums II [York Centre] - 769 ft. (234.4 m) 65 floors

Oct 16 (Jasonzed)

Ice Condominiums I [York Centre] - 663 ft. (202.2 m) 55 floors

Oct 16 (Jasonzed)

Hullmark Centre North [Hullmark Centre] - 551 ft. (168.0 m) 45 floors

X2 - 525 ft. (160 m) 49 floors

Sep 25 (DT_Toronto_Geek)

300 Front Street - 512 ft. (156.1 m) 52 floors

Oct 31 (Hypnotoad)

Cinema Condos - 468 ft. (142.7 m) 43 floors

Grand Residences [Parkside Village] - 456 ft. (139 m) 45 floors *Mississauga*

Oct 19 (Jasonzed)

Research Tower [Sick Kids Foundation] - 423ft. (129 m) 21 floors


One Bloor - 780 ft. (238 m) 70 floors

Bay-Adelaide Centre East [Bay-Adelaide Centre] - 643 ft. (196 m) 45 Floors

171 Front Street West - 576 ft. (175.6 m) 36 floors

U Condominiums I [U Condos] - 505 ft. (154 m) 45 floors

5 Condos (Five St. Joseph) - 482 ft. (147 m) 45 floors

Residences at the RCMI - 478 ft. (145.7 m) 42 floors

Emerald Park Condos [Emerald Park] - 469 ft. (143 m) 40 floors

Bisha Hotel & Residences - 466 ft. (142.1 m) 41 floors

Gibson Square I - 451 ft. (137.5 m) 45 floors

Gibson Square II - 451 ft. (137.5 m) 45 floors

Studio on Richmond - 430 ft. (131.2 m) 41 floors

545-565 Sherbourne St. - ??? ft. 43 floors

Chaz on Charles - 415 ft. (126.5 m) 39 floors


880 Bay Street - 630 ft. (192 m) 45 floors

U Condominiums II [U Condos] - 604 ft. (184.1 m) 55 floors

Richmond Adelaide Centre - 600 ft. (182.9 m) 48 floors

Canada Tower - 586 ft. (178.7 m) 51 floors

335 King Street West - 581 ft. (177.1 m) 48 floors

36-44 Eglinton Avenue West - 548 ft. (167 m) 53 floors

609 Sherbourne Street I - 547 ft. (166.9 m) 56 floors

Bay Adelaide North Tower - 532 ft. (162.2 m) 49 floors

Cumberland Terrace Redevelopment I [Cumberland Terrace] - 531 ft. (162 m) 48 floors

Delta Toronto[Southcore Financial Centre] - 524 ft. 47 floors

609 Sherbourne Street II - 521 ft. (158.8 m) 53 floors

York Street Office Tower [York Centre] - 517 ft. (157.6 m) 31 floors

Theatre Park - 515 ft. (157 m) 47 floors

Waterways - ??? ft. 50 floors

9 Grenville Street - 491 ft. (149.7 m) 42 floors

609 Sherbourne Street III - 482 ft. (146.9 m) 50 floors

100 John Street - 482 ft. (147 m) 42 floors

395-403 Bloor Street East - 460 ft. (140.2 m) 42 floors

609 Sherbourne Street IV - 459 ft. (139.9 m) 46 floors

99 Blue Jays Way - 446 ft. (136 m) 41 floors

Southcore Office Tower [Southcore Financial Centre ] - 445 ft. 30 floors

295 Adelaide Street - 444 f. (135.3 m) 43 floors

Cityplace Block #31 [Cityplace] - 434 ft. (132.3 m) 34 floors

70 Colborne Street - 431 ft. (131.4 m) 39 floors

Pinnacle Tower I [Grand Park] - 426 ft. (129.9 m) 38 floors *Mississauga*

Cumberland Terrace Redevelopment II [Cumberland Terrace] - 411 ft. (125.3 m) 36 floors

27 Heath Street East I - 406 ft. (123.8 m) 37 floors


1. Bay-Adelaide Centre West Tower [Bay-Adelaide Centre] - 715 ft. (218.0 m) 51 floors - 2009

2. MLSE North Tower [Maple Leaf Square] - 610 ft. (186.0 m) 54 floors

3. RBC Centre [ Place] - 600 ft. (182.9 m) 42 floors - 2009

4. 1 King West - 578 ft. (176.2 m) 51 floors - 2005

5. MLSE South Tower [Maple Leaf Square] - 571 ft. (174.1 m) 50 floors

6. Success Tower [Pinnacle Centre] - 532 ft. (162.2 m) 53 floors

7. Quantum 2 - 525 ft. (160.1 m) 52 floors - 2008
Mike in TO

8. West ONE Tower I [Cityplace] - 509 ft. (155.2 m) 49 floors - 2007

9. College Park Tower I [College Park] - 507 ft. (154.6 m) 51 floors - 2006

10. Harbour Views Estates Phase 2 [Cityplace] - 503 ft. (153.4 m) 49 floors - 2005

11. Spire - 492 ft. (150.0 m) 45 floors - 2007

12. Murano South Tower [Murano] - 479 ft. (146.0 m) 45 floors - 2009

13. One Park Tower - 466 ft. (142.1 m) 38 floors - 2008

14. College Park Tower II [College Park] - 458 ft. (139.6 m) 46 floors - 2008

15. Pantages Tower [Pantages] - 458 ft. (139.6 m)46 floors - 2003

16. Casa Condominiums - 453 ft. (138.1 m) 46 floors - 2010

17. X The Condominium - 453 ft. (138.1 m) 45 floors

18. Montage [Cityplace] - 449 ft. (136.9 m) 47 floors - 2009

19. The Met [Met Condominiums] - 431 ft. (131.4 m) 43 floors - 2007

20. Empire Tower [New York Towers] - 427 ft. (130.2 m) 28 floors - 2005

21. N [Cityplace] - 415 ft. (126.5 m) 42 floors - 2007

22. Luna Vista [Cityplace] - 413 ft. (125.9 m) 38 floors - 2009

23. One Pinnacle Centre Toronto [Pinnacle Centre] - 407 ft. (124.1 m) 40 floors - 2006

24. Harbour View Estates Phase 1 [Cityplace] - 402 ft. (122.6 m) 40 floors - 2005

25. Telus Tower - 400 ft. (121.9 m) 30 floors - 2009

Don't even get me started on everything under 400 ft ;)

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Not jealous at all, here in Sydney we have a 150m building under construction, so ner! *tongue definitely in cheek*

Joking aside, that's great, some awesome looking buildings there. A city I must visit. Thanks for the update! :eek:)

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I'm definetely jealous!!! We can all expect a downturn in approvals of skyscrapers in Melbourne with the coalition government coming into power and enforcing their anti-developmentness on our city...

Champagne Socialist
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^ we do? I don't - not when the city's adding 70,000-80,000 people a year

I've been watching a few of these on the Urban Toronto forum for a while - good to see the Bay-Adelaide centre coming along.

This is almost an exact copy of a proposal on City Road about 10 years ago: :lol:

Absoluteworld = :drool:

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Toronto is amazing, and deserves more attention.

Many Australians would only know of Vancouver and to a lesser extent Montreal. Toronto sorta goes under the radar.

Amazing city.

Wolf in sheep's clothing
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Ive got to say that im very impressed with the scale of building activity in Toronto.
And what a fantastic mix of design and styles thats sure maxing out the big city experience.
Great stuff :)

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Wow, some cool designs, and a lot of activity. Again, to reiterate some of the jealousy from my countrymen, I would love to see more 200m buildings with curved facades going up here. Go Tdot. (But I have to say, that Trump Tower is fugly).

Mr. Haney(Cruz) for Pres.
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Toronto is a beast.

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Woah woah, hang on. All this activity, in a recession? That is very odd.... I'm guessing the banks decided to dump their capital into commercial property because there was little else to invest in.
Also I just dug up this article.

"A surge in office construction in Toronto’s downtown may push the city’s vacancy rate higher than New York and Boston after developers added space during the first recession in 17 years.

The proportion of empty space in Toronto’s office market, lower than the 12 largest U.S. business districts last year, will more than triple by 2011 to 13.6 percent, according to Cushman & Wakefield Inc. Brookfield Properties Corp., Cadillac Fairview Corp. and Menkes Developments Ltd. each added a glass skyscraper to the downtown of Canada’s most populous city in the last five months.

“We’re going to have a little bumpy ride for the next couple of years,” said Paul Morse, Cushman & Wakefield’s senior managing director of office leasing in Toronto. “We’re not going to see too many buildings after this because the economics aren’t really there to support it.”"

~ Mysterious Entity ~
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That article is quite old and outdated, from over a year ago. Here is more recent info:
Cushman & Wakefield said:
Canada’s office markets were full of surprises in 2010. Demand in central markets defied the downdraft felt by most U.S. and global office markets, showing instead significant gains, while suburban markets and most U.S. central markets saw lackluster demand at best. More remarkable stwas the demand spike in downtown Toronto while in Calgary demand began blazing new trails by the second half of the 2010. Demand resilience across
the markets, unprecedented recoveries in Toronto and Calgary – it just doesn’t get more surprising given the continuing global economic turmoil.

This stellar performance was not expected. As the global financial crisis played out, central markets across Canada, initially floundered, sustaining two to three quarters of negative absorption between 2009 and 2010. But then, much faster than expected, demand began to stabilize and enter neutral territory. By the third quarter, most central markets were experiencing modest to robust demand strength.

For 2011, central office demand may be somewhat slower, but it should gather speed as the year progresses, given improving economic conditions and the growing bulge of businesses that need to address pent-up demand needs. With tightening markets, and certain classes of office space running out, expect a number of new office construction announcements across the country next year.

There’s no question that the suburban office
markets, which rely more on U.S. and global economies, will continue to feel the pinch in 2011. However, lower supply levels have keep vacancies at reasonable levels, which will support faster growth once economic recovery takes hold.

Downtown Toronto was on fire in Q3 2010, igby red-hot expansionary demand led by the
banking sector. In a story that is sure to go dothe city’s history – Canada’s financial institutiomoved forward with significant expansion plawhile fallout from the financial crisis was still rocking other banking systems around the woAs the head office location of all the major baToronto’s central office market experienced habsorption levels in a tough year thanks also tother service sectors.

Business is attracted to the vibrant marketwhich is quickly becoming one of the world’most popular places to work and live. The outlook is for continuing strong demand,
particularly in Class A buildings, with the potential for construction announcements.
Globe and Mail said:
Steve Ladurantaye Real Estate Reporter
From Tuesday's Globe and Mail
Published on Monday, Sep. 13, 2010 6:25PM EDT
Last updated on Monday, Sep. 13, 2010 6:31PM EDT
Office vacancy rates in downtown Toronto have “defied logic” as a burgeoning financial services industry takes advantage of falling rents to lease more space.

It’s a flight to quality that is taking place in downtown office towers across the country as tenants take advantage of higher-than-usual vacancies to negotiate deals in towers that would have previously been out of their league.

While landlords are struggling to lease space in the rest of the city, demand in Toronto’s business core has been so strong that developers are considering building new towers, a sharp shift in sentiment compared to last year when commercial real estate analysts were predicting vacancies could surpass double digits for the first time in a decade.

Downtown vacancy fell to 5.8 per cent from 6.6. per cent in the past quarter, according to commercial real estate analysts at Cushman & Wakefield, thanks to a “tremendous acceleration” in leasing activity. City-wide, vacancy decreased to 7.7 per cent in the third quarter from 8.1 per cent in the second quarter.

“There is a demand for new product in a way that we haven’t seen for 15 years,” said Paul Morse, senior managing director at Cushman & Wakefield. “I think it is quite realistic that we’ll see new development, and those decisions will likely be made in the next six months.”

Vacancy rates in Canada’s largest business centres declined in the past quarter as companies either expand their space or take space off the market that they had intended to sublet.

“Downtown Toronto defied logic with its brisk leasing activity and demand growth in the third quarter,” Mr. Morse said. “The results go against the grain of many other North American cities that are just beginning to emerge from the grip of the global recession.”

While Cushman & Wakefield hasn’t compiled third-quarter data for the other markets yet, both Calgary and Vancouver have seen their downtown vacancies move lower in the past two quarters.

“Just a year ago we were feeling nervous about 4.5 million square feet of new supply coming to market in Toronto during one of the worst global downturns in history,” he said. “Now we see the downtown has outperformed all our expectations and, if anything, the talk on the street is about potential new development.”

The recovery hasn’t been even, however, with downtown growth coming at the expense of the suburbs. Toronto and Calgary are flush with new space, and tenants are opting to upgrade their space at prices they wouldn’t have seen three years ago.

In Calgary, for example, tenants accustomed to paying $30 to $40 per square foot in B- and C-class buildings are now discovering they can find double-A-class space for a similar amount. However, Calgary has 33 million square feet of inventory, and another 5.3 million square feet are set to flood the market.

Blake Hutcheson, chief executive officer of Oxford Properties, which owns office buildings across the country, said that while the market may still weaken before turning around for good as companies figure out their space needs, last year’s fear of record high vacancy rates are fading.

“We’re lucky to be in this country because vacancies have been fairly stable and landlords have done alright,” Mr. Hutcheson said. “For a long time everyone had their entities in neutral, but they are starting to put things into gear again.”

Mr. Haney(Cruz) for Pres.
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"Toronto area economy managed to charge
through the recent recession in better shape
than most urban economies in North America
with the city’s GDP growth expected to reach
almost 5% in 2010.

Overall, 2010 has been strong
for Canada’s commercial real estate market,
reinforcing the fact that the combination
of strong ownership stable banking system,
appropriate development growth and a slowly
growing economy is making Canada, and
specifically the GTA (greater Toronto area), one of the healthiest
markets in the world. Unlike the U.S. and other international markets,
Canadian owners experienced few unmanageable
issues throughout this current cycle, with a
surprisingly low number of problem loans and/
or power-of-sale dispositions."

The above source makes an excellent read on Canada's commercial real estate market.

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The office market is apparently still strong.

Downtown lights burned bright in 2010
Special to Globe and Mail Update
Published Tuesday, Jan. 04, 2011 6:35AM EST
Last updated Tuesday, Jan. 04, 2011 6:36AM EST

Despite predictions to the contrary, 2010 was not the year the Canadian office market collapsed under the weight of the recession.

In fact, 2010 will likely be remembered as a pleasant surprise. Few analysts anticipated the relatively strong – in some cases remarkably robust – performance in this economically sensitive sector, and many had to revise or completely reverse their predictions.

Driven by huge demand for office space in major centres such as Toronto and Calgary, downtown office vacancy rates, nationwide, declined from 8.5 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2009 to 8 per cent in the same quarter this year, according to data compiled by commercial real estate consultants CB Richard Ellis Canada...

...Toronto experienced what Mr. O’Bryan calls “the year of the bank.” The financial services sector and its myriad support industries back-filled existing space and gobbled a lot of the approximately 3.2 million square feet of space in new office towers, which came on stream in the city’s downtown core. All of these are approximately 90 per cent leased....

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Garry Marr, Financial Post · Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011

TORONTO — The national office vacancy rate across the country dropped over the past year thanks to improving economic fundamentals, says CB Richard Ellis Ltd.

The real estate company said Thursday the rate was 9.4% at the end of the fourth quarter of 2010, compared with 9.9% a year earlier. It noted office space is now being absorbed quickly in the market.

“Some market observers predicted a glut of vacancies in Canada‘s major business centres this year, but it just didn‘t happen,” said John O‘Bryan, vice-chairmen of the real estate company...

...Individually, most Canadian office markets remained stable or saw a slight decrease in their vacancy rate. In Toronto, the vacancy rate in fourth quarter of 2010 was down to 9% from 9.4% year earlier.

Calgary is still a trouble spot with a hefty 13.2% vacancy rate at the end of 2010 but that’s down from 15.6% a year earlier. Ottawa’s vacancy rate remained steady at 5.7%.

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