One Bloor, Redux

by Ben

The Toronto Star has some renderings of the new NEW design for One Bloor (Bloor and Yonge, in Toronto, for those from away, probably the most expensive piece of land in the city).  As you may know, the property has had it’s ups and downs, but mostly downs, over the past while.

I was happy to see it get snapped up after the latest Dubai financed development collapsed, and if these renderings are any indication it should be a pretty nice benefit to the corner.  Check them out (props to buzzbuzzome.com for the images):

It's not a square!

Could it really be at a human scale at street level?

Greenish roof?

Why anyone would want to lounge on a giant red blood cell or a halved piece of Hubba Bubba is beyond me. Oh the noveau riche, with your crazy chairs.

Initial thoughts:  Building design is pleasing, overall.  At least there is a bit of artistry on the facade.  If the building falls over, however, it could chop Yorkville in half (which might help).

I like how it appears to meet the street.  The question will be if implementation matches the rendering.  Hard to tell from the pictures, but it almost looks like there will be commercial space included, which is a bonus.

I also have to assume that it will have a green roof, what with the new bylaw.  Just depends on when the project is deemed to have started.

So, there you go.  I won’t get my hopes up until floors are going up, but it sure will be nice to have that corner put to better use than a vacant concrete slab.

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3 responses to “One Bloor, Redux”

  1. Mark State says :

    The roof is barely green, and both the sides of the building, which could be covered in plant growth for the first twenty or more stories and the balconies as shown are devoid of greenery.

    The roof shown is not the one that tops the high-rise portion of the building, where more greenery should be grown, but rather illustrates a lower section next to it. If the top portion of the building has no greenery, it should be made up on this lower terrace with a real forest of growth.

    The tower roof is not shown, and I wonder whether any locally-generated electrical power is being made by the building through solar panels or helix wind generators, etc.

    In my view, accessible corridors should be constructed on each floor or at least every few floors for a future PERT (ITN) public transit or similar installation in order to avoid an expensive renovation in the future.

    One really nice thing about the building is that the exterior has a futuristic artistic flair.

    Mark State
    2010 Mayoralty Candidate

  2. jimsey says :

    I’m not an architect, but the lines kind of remind me of Aqua (specifically in the first rendering): http://www.amazing-architecture.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/IMG_0257.jpg

  3. Mark State says :

    Mud Pies!

    I love the building’s innovative and yet utilitarian look. Thanks for the URL.

    The above comments re greening it apply here too.

    Mark State

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