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Old Posted Jul 24, 2017, 3:26 AM
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Race For The Sky: The Quest For Canada's First Supertall Tower

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Toronto is certainly no stranger to height. Home to the iconic CN Tower, we proudly laid claim to the tallest freestanding structure in the world for 32 years from 1975 to 2007. Rising side-by-side with it was First Canadian Place, the city's second-tallest structure and still the tallest building in Canada, also completed in 1975.

Recently, however, First Canadian Place's claim as the tallest building in Canada is under threat, as a new wave of towers are in the works that look to surpass its 298-metre height. Currently there are six candidates vying for the title of Toronto's tallest building (as opposed to a tower, of course), each at various stages of the planning process. These proposals aim to join the global trend of the 'supertall', defined as any building that surpasses 300 metres in total height (1000 feet in imperial units)—a title that First Canadian Place sadly missed out on by a mere two metres.



YSL Residences: 343.9 metres

By far the tallest of the proposed towers, Cresford Developments' 98-storey mixed-use behemoth is slated for the southeast corner of Yonge and Gerrard Streets. Kitty corner to the soaring Aura tower, which currently holds the title of Canada's tallest residential building, YSL Residences is designed by Kohn Pederson Fox alongside architectsAlliance, and is looking to join the quickly densifying Yonge Street Corridor north of the Financial District.



One Yonge Street, Tower One: 307 metres

Coming in second place height-wise is Pinnacle International's 95-storey mixed-use tower, located at the foot of Yonge Street near Toronto's waterfront. Known officially, for the time being, as Tower One—even though it will not be the first tower to be built here—the supertall structure is part of a larger master plan at 1-7 Yonge to redevelop the Toronto Star Lands into a new mixed-use community.



The One: 306.3 metres

Just two feet shy of One Yonge's height, but likely the first of the supertall towers we will see constructed, Mizrahi Developments' The One is slated for the southwest corner of Yonge and Bloor Streets. Designed by world-renowned starchitects Foster + Partners alongside Core Architects, the tower will rise 82 storeys above one of the busiest and most important intersections in the city.



Mirvish + Gehry, West Tower: 304.3 metres

When it was first proposed back in 2012, the prospect of David Mirvish and starchitect Frank Gehry teaming up created quite the stir, notwithstanding the fact that the towers were among the tallest in the city. Projectcore, the developers heading the project, went through several iterations of Mirvish+Gehry before being approved for rezoning in 2014. Since then, however, news has been scarce, much to the chagrin of its fans, but an application for Site Plan Control was submitted in spring 2016, signalling that the project is still in the works.



LCBO Lands Block 4, Towers B & C: 304.1 metres each

Moving back down to Toronto's growing waterfront, the final two buildings on our list come in the form of twin supertall towers that are part of Menkes' redevelopment of the LCBO Lands. Located immediately next door to 1-7 Yonge, the master plan for the LCBO site is proposed to host 6 towers measuring in at 89, 89, 80, 79, 75, and 25 storeys. Designed by architectsAlliance, the entire master plan aims to bring a total of 5,192 residential units, over 42,200 square metres of office space, and roughly 28,700 square metres of retail to the waterfront site.



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Old Posted Jul 24, 2017, 6:13 PM
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Let's get at least one done already! We have been waiting since 1973.
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Old Posted Jul 24, 2017, 6:28 PM
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Agreed. We've been in this race since Harry vs Donald. Until one of these projects starts digging this is nothing more then finding horses to line up at the starting gate, and some of these horses are getting old now.
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Old Posted Jul 24, 2017, 7:56 PM
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Wouldn't it be easier to just add a story to FCP? Apparently, it's that close to being an actual "supertall".
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Old Posted Jul 24, 2017, 8:18 PM
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Let's get at least one done already! We have been waiting since 1973.
We've really been waiting since the dawn of the skyscraper, the late 1800s. As soon as the first 300m+ building goes up, people will clamour for the first mega tall (600m+).
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Wouldn't it be easier to just add a story to FCP? Apparently, it's that close to being an actual "supertall".
There you go! Instant supertall with no waiting! And I'm sure that Torontonians will live a better and more happy life after that. It will change everything!
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Certainly a lot to be excited about.
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There you go! Instant supertall with no waiting! And I'm sure that Torontonians will live a better and more happy life after that. It will change everything!

Our vastly improving waterfront, and transit upgrades are all most Torontonians get excited about. It's only people on forums like these from "all" cities who get happy when thinking about super-talls.
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I'm pretty sure FCP would need more than one floor to hit supertall status, especially since it used to be 952 feet tall but for some reason years ago it got bumped up to 978 feet tall. I'm just glad they didn't add a few floors when they were redoing the facade a few years ago
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I'd be happy to know the exact height of FCP to it's highest point being the top of the elevator overrun

Google Earth figures

284.1m main roof
285.7m main roof parapet
292.1m elevator overrun

287 metres is the most common referenced number in city documents which is damn close to google's parapet height. 298 metres doesn't make sense anymore.
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I'm far more concerned about the architecture and use of colour and design than height.
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