foster + partners has officially begun construction on ‘the one’, a mixed-use skyscraper in toronto that is set to become canada’s tallest building. the development, which will be the country’s second tallest man-made structure after the CN tower, will climb to a total height of 306 meters, or 1,004 feet. situated at the border of downtown and the city’s yorkville neighborhood, the 85-storey structure seeks to stand as a new landmark on the city’s constantly evolving skyline. ‘the one is the final piece of the jigsaw in the tower cluster at the yonge and bloor node — one of the most prominent intersections in the city,’ says giles robinson, senior partner at foster + partners.
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backed by mizrahi developments, ‘the one’ differentiates between the commercial units at its lower levels and the residential apartments above. ‘the structural frame is clearly expressed on the façade creating a distinctive series of vertical, horizontal and diagonal framing elements that are clad in a champagne bronze color,’ explains foster + partners. ‘the building is further articulated with the introduction of horizontal bands at regular intervals where mechanical floors are located.’
construction work is now underway
at the top of the tower, a series of duplex penthouses offer sweeping views. all residential floors are based on consistent 57 square-meter (620-square-foot) planning modules that allow for flexible internal configurations. access to the residences is via a ‘sky lobby’ where amenities include spa and fitness facilities, a library, and formal entertaining rooms. meanwhile, a large south-facing terrace provides residents and their families with luxurious, intimate spaces for rest and relaxation. with construction work now underway, ‘the one’ is set to welcome its first residents in 2022.
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