Toronto gets First Supertall Proposal in Ten Years
Norman Foster New York City Design for World Trade Centre
Toronto Gets First Supertall Proposal in 10 Years
Today, we have learned through the administrators over at the forum www.urbantoronto.ca
that the Oxford proposal for the Convention Centre and Railway lands south of Front Street in downtown Toronto and adjacent to the Union Centre Rail Terminal Plan two office skyscrapers with a total height of each tower to be 326 meters high. The secret did not reveal how many planned floors these office towers would have but at that height they would have to be between 75 to 85 office floors to attain that height.
Old New York World Trade Centre Design?
A question that has been asked by many on the Urban Toronto Forum, is whether these designs have been poached from the design competition to replace the New York City World Trade Centre Towers in 2001. The design looks similar to a Norman Foster proposal that I have included here:
The proposals for the Toronto Convention Centre look quite familiar, almost like we've seen them before. And trust it's not that we don't mind having them here in our city. We will take them, for the number one reason that they are not a box. So the party of speculation now begins regarding timelines, although to be honest, for these towers to begin, the convention centre must first be rebuilt, and relocated for that all to happen the current site would need to be demolished, but without loosing any convention space. So this timeline will be drawn out. Still we are excited about the prospect of these towers gracing the skyline, and right next to the CN Tower, nonetheless.
The Oxford Proposal for the Toronto Convention Centre and Railway Lands
For those uninitiated here is the Oxford Proposal for the Toronto Railway lands that was revealed about two weeks ago.