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^damn straight. Hey, remember the Shangri-la is next to a gas fueled power plant
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That is some sick cladding. Maybe the best cladding I've ever seen go on a high rise in Canada. And that includes the Four Seasons, which also has bomb cladding, but dare I say, this is probably better. Tower will be shorter than Four Seasons, but the cladding is better, always a tradeoff, can't have your cake and eat it too, I guess.
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Old Posted May 13, 2010, 12:35 AM
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Burano second floor poor by Mike in TO over at UT:



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Skyline is awesome! love how ROCP looks from this view!:



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Burano is gonna be one big condo. Even if it's not taking up all that floor space, I suspect it will at the very least take up a third of it.
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^damn straight. Hey, remember the Shangri-la is next to a gas fueled power plant
Haha if you're talking about the Terasen building then yeah, thats a bit of an exaggeration.

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Just looked at the Toronto Shangri la thread over at UT. Damn, you weren't kidding.

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After being a coming attraction for seven years, Bell Lightbox will finally open on the first weekend of the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, the Star has learned.

TIFF’s long-awaited new home at King St. W. and John St., which has endured some difficult birth pangs, gives the organization a year-round presence in the city’s entertainment district.

Following the opening of the festival on Thursday, Sept. 9, TIFF will put the spotlight on the Lightbox, with a public opening set for Sunday, Sept. 12.

Detailed plans for the opening celebrations will be announced Friday in Cannes, France, with the aim of maximizing publicity throughout the international film world.

Designed by architect Bruce Kuwabara, the Lightbox has five screening auditoriums, gallerys for exhibitions, an enhanced film reference library and educational facilities as well as restaurants and bars suitable for social events.

In 2003, TIFF announced a partnership with filmmaker Ivan Reitman and his two sisters, whose family had for years owned the site (a former parking lot and onetime car wash) and the Daniels Group, a developer specializing in condos.

TIFF’s five-level podium is part of a complex that also includes a 46-storey residential tower.

Reaching its fundraising target of almost $200 million (including $129 million for the building itself plus money for operating costs and endowment) proved to be much more problematic than anticipated. As much as $40 million of that money may have to be raised after the building opens.

Nevertheless, the opening is sure to be one of Toronto’s hottest cultural/social events of the year.

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Still 40 million dollars short of the goal....

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Wait.. is the actual "tower" part of festival tower gonna be open for the festival???... or will it still be u/c

Uptown awesome skyline filler by dt_toronto_geek over at UT:

From Yonge, south of St. Clair

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Just look at it. I think it's quite obvious Festival Tower condominiums won't be done.
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TIFF to unveil its new Lightbox building, Tim Burton exhibit this fall

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Art by Tim Burton, which will be included in an exhibition at the Toronto International Film Festival's new headquarters this fall.

By Mary Vallis May 14, 2010 – 3:51 pm

The Toronto International Film Festival yesterday announced that its new headquarters — a boxy, five-storey building featuring five theatres — will open on Sept. 12, in the midst of this year’s festivities.

A collection of drawings, sculptures and videos by filmmaker Tim Burton will be one of the first exhibits featured at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The TIFF Bell Lightbox, now under construction at in downtown Toronto’s theatre district, will also feature a three-storey public atrium, a bistro, restaurant, lounge, two galleries, three learning studios, staff offices and more.

The Burton collection, comprised of more than 700 items, was organized by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. While the work is on display, film lovers can also attend limited runs of Mr. Burton’s films or attend free family activities and lectures.

“Connecting a lot dots is going to be, for me, the most amazing thing,” Piers Handling, director and CEO of TIFF, said from Cannes yesterday. “It’s to have not just in-cinema experiences, where people just go and see a movie. It’s to actually broaden that.”

The TIFF Bell Lightbox was designed by KPMB, a Toronto-based architectural firm. The cinemas range from 80 seats to 550 seats and are designed as “distinct architectural volumes — a box within a box,” TIFF says.

Most of the building’s first floor will be in operation by the grand opening on first Sunday in Toronto’s annual film festival, including one theatre and a gallery. Other part of the building may also be open, depending on the summer construction schedule.

The project has been in the works for a decade. TIFF has raised 90% of the $196-million needed to finance the project. A few weeks, ago, TIFF hired John Tory — chair of the Toronto City Summit Alliance, broadcaster with Newstalk 1010 and former leader of the provincial Progressive Conservatives — to help raise the remaining 10%.

“As we get closer to completion, we’re running through the people on hard hat tours and they’re getting really excited about it,” Mr. Handling said.

Read more: http://news.nationalpost.com/2010/05...#ixzz0nx5pqWsG

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Not much happening at the Couture site.. equipment seems to be just hanging out. Maybe by the start of the week, we'll start seeing some action here..

This will be a cool building kinda excited to see how it will look, in regards to its surroundings including the Xcondo towers.

Here is a quick render.

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I passed by the couture site 2 days ago and saw lots of equipment (construction vehicles, fencing, etc..) on the site... I snapped a pic but i'm too lazy to upload it cause its not that exciting...

thats a really nice render of couture ^^^ .. the north side of the podium looks brutal though

with the right cladding this one could work
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I don't think you'll actually see the north side when its built

I have to finally say that I find it quite amusing when you comment on the aesthetics of the falsework throughout the city.
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I don't think you'll actually see the north side when its built

I have to finally say that I find it quite amusing when you comment on the aesthetics of the falsework throughout the city.
wuuut? .... did i miss somethin?.. is there another building on the north end of couture
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It's downtown so another tower.
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Uptown is FREAKIN TALL NOW!

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I'm liking uptown more and more every time I get the update... Just crazy stuff. It's tall as ALLHELL!! and it's getting taller.
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I'm liking uptown more and more every time I get the update... Just crazy stuff. It's tall as ALLHELL!! and it's getting taller.
i love how all the towers in and around yonge/bloor look so freakin tall! (mostly due to the low lying shops bordering yonge street and the vacant 1 bloor lot).. Crystal/Uptown/Casa look pure epic when you're there! they just look SOOO tall!

Once uptown reaches its full height, it'll look tall as hell cause its skinny! (same with crystal)
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