Canadians are about to reach new heights—literally.
Last week, London-based architecture firm Foster + Partners revealed plans to build an 80-storey residential tower at the intersection of Yonge St. and Bloor St. If all goes smoothly, the 318-metre skyscraper will become Canada’s tallest building.
But it still won’t dethrone the CN Tower as Canada’s tallest structure, which stands at 553 metres.
The project is slated for the site of the former Stollery’s department store, which had occupied the southwest corner of the intersection since 1901. Named “The One”, the tower would feature 72 storeys of condominiums atop eight stories of retail space including restaurants and cafes.
But some of the cooler things that stood out include apartments that can be accessed via glass bridges on the 12th level, as well as winter gardens and panoramic city views.
The building would be linked up with Toronto’s PATH network (an underground network of pedestrian walkways and shops) and would directly connect to the Bloor-Yonge TTC station.
Shovels aren’t in the ground just yet though. The site still requires approval by Toronto city hall’s planning department, but the proposal so far has been warmly received.
If approved, the developer is hoping to have the retail spaces open for 2018, with the rest of the building ready for 2020.