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    Hi all,

    I run a site similar to WNY called Urban Toronto. You can find it here: It covers what's happening in Toronto. We also have an international section and I welcome you to keep us up-to-date with what is happening in New York and worldwide. You can find the international section here:


    And here's what's going on in Toronto.

    The following lists are updated as new information is made available, and list buildings greater than or equal to 400 feet.
    (For instances when the building height is unknown, the list features residential buildings that are at least/equivalent to 40 floors, and commercial buildings that are at least/equivalent to 30 floors).



    Photo taken by 3Demenstia of UrbanToronto

    All thumbnails link to the full size image.

    Recently Built [2003 onwards]

    1) 1 King West - 578 ft. 51 floors
    Completed - 2005 [Photo from]

    2) College Park Tower I [RoCP] - 507 ft. 51 floors
    Completed - 2006 [Photo taken by BillyCorgan of UrbanToronto]

    3) Harbour View Estates II [CityPlace] - 503 ft. - 49 floors
    Completed - 2005 [Photo from]

    4) Spire - 476 ft. 47 floors
    Completed - 2007 [Photo from]

    5) West ONE [CityPlace] - 476 ft. 49 floors
    Completed - 2007 [Photo taken by Canuck of UrbanToronto]

    6) Pantages Tower [Pantages Place] - 458 ft. 46 floors
    Completed - 2003 [Photo from]

    7) The MET Phase I [The Met Condos] - 431 ft. 43 floors
    Completed - 2007 [Photo taken by Canuck of UrbanToronto]

    8) Empire Tower [NY Towers] - 427 ft. 28 floors
    Completed - 2005 [Photo from]

    9) N1 [CityPlace] - 415 ft. 42 floors
    Completed - 2007 [Photo taken by Canuck of UrbanToronto]

    10) Pinnacle - Northeast Tower [Pinnacle Centre] - 407 ft. 40 floors
    Completed - 2006 [Photo from]

    11) Harbour View Estates I [CityPlace] - HEIGHT NEEDED - 40 floors
    Completed - 2005 [Photo from]

    Under Construction

    1) Bay-Adelaide Centre West Tower [Bay-Adelaide Centre] - 715 ft. 51 floors

    Photo taken by drum118 of UrbanToronto - January 25

    2) Ritz Carlton Hotel [Simcoe Place] - 684 ft. 53 floors

    Photo taken by paul451 of UrbanToronto - January 18

    3) Maple Leaf Square Tower I [Maple Leaf Square] - 610 ft. 54 floors

    Photo taken by drum118 of UrbanToronto - January 25

    4) RBC Centre [Simcoe Place] - 600 ft. 42 floors
    Tower on the left

    Photo taken by drum118 of UrbanToronto - January 25

    5) Maple Leaf Square Tower II [Maple Leaf Square] - 571 ft. 50 floors

    Photo taken by drum118 of UrbanToronto - January 25

    6) Festival Tower - 541 ft. 42 floors

    Photo taken by current of - January 14

    7) Quantum North Tower [Minto Midtown] - 525 ft. 52 floors
    Tower on the left

    Photo taken by Gr8 Big C of - January 14

    8) Pinnacle - Success Tower [Pinnacle Centre] - 516 ft. 50 floors

    Photo taken by Archivist of UrbanToronto - December 30

    9) Murano South Tower [The Murano] - 461 ft. 43 floors
    Tower on the right

    Photo taken by dt_toronto_geek of UrbanToronto - January 9

    10) College Park Tower II [RoCP] - 458 ft. 46 floors

    Photo taken by Archivist of UrbanToronto - December 30

    11) Casa - 453 ft. 45 floors

    Photo taken by casaguy of UrbanToronto - January 19

    12) Montage [CityPlace] - 449 ft. 47 floors

    Photo taken by casaguy of UrbanToronto - January 19

    13) Union Tower - 446 ft. (not including spire) 30 floors

    Photo taken by drum118 of UrbanToronto - January 25

    14) Verve - 422 ft. 39 floors

    Photo taken by dt_toronto_geek of UrbanToronto - January 12

    15) Luna Vista [CityPlace] - 413 ft. 38 floors

    Photo taken by Archivist of UrbanToronto - December 30

    Building Sites Undergoing Demolition/Site Prep/Excavation

    1) Trump International - 925 ft. 57 floors

    Photo taken by drum118 of UrbanToronto - January 25

    2) *Absolute World South [Absolute Condominiums] - 548 ft. 56 floors
    Tower on the right

    Photo taken by yyzer of UrbanToronto - January 19

    3) The Uptown Residences - 518 ft. 48 floors

    Photo taken by Mike in TO of UrbanToronto - December 20

    4) *Absolute World North [Absolute Condominiums] - 495 ft. 50 floors
    Tower on the left

    Photo taken by yyzer of UrbanToronto - November 11

    5) X Condominiums - 448 ft. 44 floors

    Photo taken by dt_toronto_geek of UrbanToronto - January 12


    1) 1 Bloor East - 904 ft. - 76 floors

    2) Shangri-La - 704 ft. 65 floors

    3) Four Seasons Hotel [Four Seasons] - Approx 686 ft. 55 floors
    Tower on the right

    4) The L Tower [Hummingbird Centre] - 673 ft. 57 floors

    5) Burano [The Murano] - 518 ft. 48 floors

    6) Couture - HEIGHT NEEDED - 44 floors

    7) Clear Spirit Living Tower II [Clear Spirit Living] - 433 ft. 40 floors

    8) Solaris [MetroGate] - HEIGHT NEEDED - 40 floors

    9) Solaris II [MetroGate] - HEIGHT NEEDED - 40 floors


    1) Aura [RoCP] - 804 ft. 75 floors

    2) Clear Spirit Living Tower I [Clear Spirit Living] - 509 ft. 48 floors
    Tower on the right

    3) Pinnacle - Southwest Tower [Pinnacle Centre] - 443 ft. 45 floors
    Tower on the left

    4) Star Tower - HEIGHT NEEDED - 40 Floors

    5) Emerald Park Condos - HEIGHT NEEDED

    Approved Proposals

    1) Signature Tower [CityPlace] - 714 ft. 69 floors

    2) Bay-Adelaide Centre East Tower [Bay-Adelaide Centre] - HEIGHT NEEDED - 45 floors
    Tower on the left - approximate size shown

    Proposals Not Yet Approved

    1) 21 Avenue Road Tower I [21 Avenue Road] - 737 ft. 61 floors
    No rendering

    2) 16 York Street Tower I [16 York Street] - 711 ft. 65 floors
    No rendering

    3) 300 Front Street West - 654 ft. 58 floors

    4) 21 Avenue Road Tower II [21 Avenue Road] - 616 ft. 51 floors
    No rendering

    5) 16 York Street Tower II [16 York Street] - 610 ft. 55 floors
    No rendering

    6) 50 St. Joseph Street Tower I [St. Mike's Parking Lot] - 604 ft. 55 floors
    Tower on the right

    7) Richmond-Adelaide Centre [Richmond-Adelaide Centre] - 600 ft. 48 floors

    8) Skyline International Development Inc Project - HEIGHT NEEDED - 55 floors
    No rendering

    9) *Mississauga City Centre Project - HEIGHT NEEDED - ~45 Floors
    Photo taken by yyzer of UrbanToronto

    10) 50 St. Joseph Street Tower II [St. Mike's Parking Lot] - 505 ft. 45 floors
    Tower on the right

    11) 426 University - HEIGHT NEEDED - ~50 floors
    No rendering

    12) 351-369 Lake Shore East - 492 ft. 50 floors
    No rendering

    13) Market Wharf - 477 ft. 46 floors

    14) Gibson Square Tower I [Gibson Square] - 410 ft. 45 floors
    No rendering

    15) Gibson Square Tower II [Gibson Square] - 410 ft. 45 floors
    No rendering

    16) Parkside Village Phase I [Parkside Village] - HEIGHT NEEDED - 40 floors
    No rendering

    Stale Proposals

    1) Hullmark Centre - 538 ft. 45 floors

    2) 40 Wellesley - 533 ft. 44 floors

    3) Two City Hall [One City Hall Condominiums] - 522 ft. 50 floors

    Proposed Office Towers

    1) 20 York Street/151 Front Street/7 Station Street - 576 ft. 36 floors

    2) 45 Bay Street - HEIGHT NEEDED - ~50 floors
    No rendering

    3) 16 York Street Tower III [16 York Street] - 515 ft. 31 floors
    No rendering

    4) 18 York - HEIGHT NEEDED - 26 floors


    1) Manulife Tower ~1,000 ft. (as reported by V of E on UrbanToronto)
    No rendering

    Future Rendering by Maldive of - Click for detailed image.

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    In Toronto Suburb, Putting Curvaceous Into Condominiums


    MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — People looking for the latest in twisting, gravity-defying architecture might start with the international cities of the Middle East or China, but you wouldn’t expect them to look here, in the suburbs outside Toronto.

    But the first residents are moving into an extremely curvaceous, 56-story condominium tower in Mississauga, a city of about 738,000 people. The skyscraper, called the “Marilyn Monroe” by locals for its voluptuous curves, was the result of an international design competition initiated in 2005 by the tower’s development company, Fernbrook Cityzen.

    Now, joining London’s spiraling Gherkin building and New York’s rippling 8 Spruce Street is Mississauga’s buxom Absolute tower — or rather, two of them, both designed by the Chinese architect Ma Yansong, assisted by his partner, Qun Dang. Sales were so brisk in the 428-unit “Marilyn” tower that the developers asked the architect to deliver a second, 50-story high-rise with 433 units.

    This second high-rise also spirals asymmetrically, but not quite enough to steal the limelight from “Marilyn.”

    The buildings were the final two towers to be developed in a five-tower condo complex, called Absolute World, built at Mississauga’s main intersection, across from the Square One Shopping Center, one of the largest shopping malls in the Toronto region. The first three towers were of more conventional high-rise design.

    Mr. Ma, a founder of the MAD Architectural Design Studio in Beijing and a Beijing native, said he’d never heard of Mississauga when he discovered the design competition online in 2005.
    However, he had spent several years studying in Yale University’s architectural program, so Mr. Ma said he had in mind a generic midsize North American city.

    “I was imagining Mississauga as a city aiming to become Chicago or Toronto, with a lot of big towers, in the future,” he said.

    Yet instead of designing a rectilinear structure, Mr. Ma decided to create something that was a bit softer and more livable.

    “I was thinking maybe North American cities need something more organic, more natural, more human,” he said.

    Mr. Ma said he loved the anthropomorphizing “Marilyn” nickname, which distinguishes his structures from the world’s other twisting towers, most of which are too geometrical for his tastes. A truer analogue might be Prague’s Dancing House, originally called “Fred and Ginger” for its sinuous qualities, evocative of the dancing pair. It was designed by Frank Gehry and the Croatian-Czech architect Vlado Milunic.

    The unpredictable bulges of Mr. Ma’s skyscrapers, which have a slightly different appearance from every angle, created huge challenges for the towers’ builders and engineers, which translated to financial challenges for the developers. Most skyscrapers are built on straight lines for a reason: they’re more efficient to build that way.

    In the “Marilyn” tower and its counterpart, “every floor is different,” said Sigmund Soudack, a principal with Sigmund Soudack & Associates, a Toronto-based structural engineering firm that consulted on the project. “The challenge was to execute and make the buildings functional.”

    While the floor plates are the same for all floors, they had to be rotated to various degrees, said Anthony Pignetti, a vice president and director of construction for the Dominus Construction Group, which built the Absolute towers. Support walls had to be widened and narrowed, and columns lengthened and shortened, to hold up each successive floor. Builders and engineers had to design an internal construction hoist, since curving walls wouldn’t allow an affordable external one. None of the 428 condo units are exactly alike, Mr. Pignetti said.

    Each floor has a balcony that wraps fully around it, which had to be separated in some way from the main floor slab or the balcony would drain heat or cold from the units. Engineers solved that problem by designing “thermal breaks” and may seek a patent for the process, said Yury Gelman, a senior engineer with Sigmund Soudack.

    In all, the five-tower Absolute World project cost 450 million Canadian dollars (about $470 million), and more than half of that went into constructing the two curvy towers, said Sergio Vacilotto, the director of site operations with Dominus Construction.

    Currently, residents have moved in up to the 15th floor of the “Marilyn” tower, and occupancy is to begin on the companion tower in the fall.

    If the developer had any doubts about sales, they didn’t show. Sharon Florian, the director of sales and marketing for the developer Fernbrook Cityzen, said the “Marilyn” building largely sold out in June 2006 in about 24 hours, and its companion tower largely sold out in a matter of weeks a month later, both at just under 400 Canadian dollars a square foot. In the greater Toronto area in 2006, new condos were selling in the range of 330 to 380 Canadian dollars a square foot, depending on their location.

    All that remains for sale in the “Marilyn” tower is a handful of units; in the companion tower, 11 units of differing sizes are available, including three penthouses, some of which the developer recently released to the market, Ms. Florian said.

    “Currently we have some never-released penthouses available in the fifth tower, in the range of 1,600 to 1,800 square feet” starting at 1.2 million Canadian dollars, she said.

    Ms. Florian said that the developer initially held the international design competition to “bring some excitement to the Mississauga skyline,” but that the towers had done much more, particularly in terms of international exposure. While most of the buyers were from the Toronto region, a large number of them were also from overseas, particularly the Middle East and Asia, she said.

    Hazel McCallion, Mississauga’s mayor, said it was unusual for a city struggling to build an identity through its architecture to look to a residential condominium developed privately. Typically, cities promote public projects, such as museum or opera house, which in fact Mississauga did with its architecturally distinguished City Hall, which opened in 1987, the result of a national architectural competition.

    “What we’ve clearly demonstrated to all the developers that want to build in our city core, and throughout the city, is we want, if possible, architectural competition, because this is just a leading example of what can be accomplished,” she said.

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    MAD’s “Marilyn Monroe” Towers Sex Up Canadian Skyline

    The burgeoning city of Mississauga, Canada, just unveiled a pair of curvaceous towers. Chinese firm MAD saw a unique opportunity in Mississauga’s up-and-coming status to create a new kind of skyscraper, setting the creative tone for further urban development in the area. The Absolute Towers, nicknamed the “Marilyn Monroe Towers” by locals because of their shapely silhouettes, are slinky, circular structures rather than the typical boxy, imposing skyscraper. They may look like two stacks of wobbly saucers, but these beautiful towers house hundreds of apartments and condos and give the city of Mississauga a chic new identity.

    The two towers stand 492 feet and 558 feet tall. Each oval floor features apartments with wrap-around balconies that offer panoramic views of the city. Floor-to-ceiling windows on each level are recessed deep into the curving facade to help shade the apartments during hot summer days and protect them from the elements.

    The towers bring character to what would otherwise be just another on-the-cusp metropolis. Thanks to MAD and its convention-bending design, Mississauga has the chance to develop a city-wide aesthetic with a unique character as it grows.

    [via dezeen]

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