Foster + Partners has begun construction in Toronto’s business district, which is set to become the country’s tallest skyscraper at 306 metres.
At 85 storey, it will be Canada’s tallest building and the second-tallest manmade structure after the CN Tower, a 553-metre communications and observation tower.
The rectilinear design by British firm Foster + Partners and Ontario-based Core Architects will feature a distinctive structure, with vertical, horizontal and diagonal elements covered in “champagne bronze” coloured cladding.
The skyscraper will be broken up into a series of blocks by regularly spaced bands that cut into the structure, correlating to the placement of the building’s mechanical floors.
The One’s upper floors will be dedicated to living space, providing approximately 560 apartments. This will include several duplex penthouses offering inhabitants impressive views out to Lake Ontario and beyond.
The eight lowest levels will be occupied by shops, restaurants and cafes linking with the city’s Yorkville neighbourhood.
To keep the building’s base exclusively for commercial use, all of the homes will be accessed via a sky lobby above the shopping podium. Here there will be communal spa and fitness facilities, as well as an outdoor terrace, library, and formal entertainment rooms.
The skyscraper will sit at a major intersection between two of the city’s main streets, Bloor and Yonge.
“The One is the final piece of the jigsaw in the tower cluster at the Yonge and Bloor node,” said Giles Robinson, Senior Partner at Foster + Partners.