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Maldive Nov 21, 2008 1:44 AM

Future Canadian Skylines
With all the economic doom and gloom this fall, I thought I would send a postcard to amuse my fellow skyscraper geeks.

I couldn't find the original "future skyline" thread started a year ago, so I'll start a new one that others can contribute to if they wish.

future render of Toronto's waterfront skyline that was well-received, but
after looking at it recently, I realized it was little more than blobs of light "to
scale" ... so I decided to try again with an aim to create much more photo-realism
for each and every building that is joining the waterfront skyline.

The rather dramatic impact of Maple Leaf Square and ICE Condos from the
waterfront POV really fueled the desire to do this render (along with waaaay
too much spare time). I've included a couple of new proposals that will
likely be delayed by the economic situation, but they don't add much to the
render anyway. The lion's share of the projects included are well underway.

THE PROJECTS KEY: there's bound to be some mistakes but the
heights, locations and status are pretty accurate.

HIGH ANGLE PIC: I included this for forumers who don't know the city or what's hiding behind the waterfront skyline
they may already know (most photographed). This high angle render hints at the "big Toronto skyline"...
5 or 6 miles of built form running north from Lake Ontario
(mostly invisible BEHIND the waterfront skyline).

REALLY BIG WATERFRONT RENDER: there's a LINK below to a very large render if you want to critique individual buildings
(most additions were based on the actual elevations when available).

Feel free to spam as many forums and threads as you deem appropriate with the renders.

And let me know what you think. It was fun to do.







Metro-One Nov 21, 2008 1:46 AM

Very nice, that makes Toronto look 10 times better from the water.

401_King Nov 21, 2008 1:58 AM

amazing work Maldive! the link to the large rendering isnt working tho...did u forget Pier27?

lets see some others!

koops65 Nov 21, 2008 2:03 AM

That looks fantastic Maldive! Well done!

francely57 Nov 21, 2008 2:11 AM

^ When will Toronto look like that? 2015?

Here's Montreal's skyline, roughly the same between 1992 and 2012

There will be a ~140 m tall office tower to the left of Tour de la Bourse (black tower in the middle), but from this angle it won't really change anything
...other than that, there will be some short towers visible on the left side, in front of the CBD
(I took the photo on July 27, 2008)

Dmajackson Nov 21, 2008 2:16 AM

Thats awsome Maldive! :)

Now its time to sneak a sample of Halifax into this thread:

Thanks to "Someone 123" for the picture.

There is one major waterfront development out of this picture. It would be at the base (grey area) and includes a 12 storey wavey glass building and a smaller 5 storey glass hotel. Its called Salter Street Block for anyone wanting more information.

As for the ones in the picture (three in all); two of them (green point on left and double tower on right) are still parking lots, and one in the background (just to the left of the steeple) is excavating at the moment.

Aylmer Nov 21, 2008 2:21 AM

Ottawa's skyline hasn't really changed since 1962...

Here's to same old, same old!


Wooster Nov 21, 2008 2:22 AM

Nice work. I've seen your aerial rendering floating around my office actually? People use it for reference.

1ajs Nov 21, 2008 2:46 AM

winnipegs skyline will have the canadian meuseam for human rights added to the skyline and the canad inns hotel over by the health sciences center

we may see some other mid rise buildings on the u of w's campus on the west side of downtown also
photo by trueviking

ambiguoustraveller Nov 21, 2008 2:52 AM

that rendering of Toronto is stunning! Will this actually be fulfilled?

1ajs Nov 21, 2008 2:56 AM


Originally Posted by ambiguoustraveller (Post 3925640)
that rendering of Toronto is stunning! Will this actually be fulfilled?

indeed it s heres hoping

Crazy4Calgary Nov 21, 2008 2:59 AM

WOW!! Future Toronto looks STUNNING (even moreso than now, and its already SWEET!!):cool:

Rico Rommheim Nov 21, 2008 3:23 AM

Montreal skyline 2008

Montreal skyline 2020

Greco Roman Nov 21, 2008 3:25 AM


Originally Posted by Rico Rommheim (Post 3925702)
Montreal skyline 2008

Montreal skyline 2020

This shot gives Montreal's skyline a very American flavor to it; reminds me of a Cleveland or Minneapolis.

Nite Nov 21, 2008 3:54 AM


Originally Posted by ambiguoustraveller (Post 3925640)
that rendering of Toronto is stunning! Will this actually be fulfilled?

about 75% is already under construction.

Boreal Nov 21, 2008 5:39 AM

I find it hard to truly appreciate the size, scope and scale of what's going on in Toronto, simply considering how vast it is. To me, it is almost unpalpable. Nonetheless, that image produced by Maldive is exceptional. Thanks for sharing.

Wooster Nov 21, 2008 5:45 AM

A couple of Calgary courtesy of CtrlAltDel

Jamaican-Phoenix Nov 21, 2008 6:21 AM

I really wish that someone could do a future Ottawa thread, but I guess it doesn't make much sense since all our buildings are the same height pretty much. :rolleyes: :haha:

Metro-One Nov 21, 2008 6:25 AM

The bow looks really nice, but i hate that stubby silver one in the heart of downtown (it looks to be the smaller of two twin towers) The taller one is nice, but why the fat cousin beside it? If it wasn't so wide it would be a lot better.

trueviking Nov 21, 2008 6:28 AM

^those toronto and calgary ones are awesome...

for winnipeg its kind of like playing 'where's waldo?'

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