Wed. Jul 6th, 2022

In Toronto, you’re never far from a crane. There are so many here – especially because of the huge demand for new homes that we have not been able to keep up with – that we actually have more cranes than any other city on the continent, over 220 alone in the 416. While our streets and our skylines are already changing rapidly, there are always still a number of buildings waiting in line behind the scenes at City Hall to be approved as well. It may take years before the final one gets underway, so we thought we would look again at a number of proposed new towers that may one day add to our growing city gorges. Here is our short list of the 10 tallest towers still awaiting their doomsday.

Let’s start our Top Ten at # 14; 310 Front Street West. This mixed-use residential and office tower is currently under review after being submitted to the Zoning By-Law Amendment (ZBA) in April this year. If approved as planned, H & R REIT’s Hariri Pontarini Architects-designed building will stand on 69 floors / 235.5 meters high and be home to 560 units. The tower could also have a landmark feature of strobe light shooting out from its upper level into the sky, making it hard to miss. They’re also the reason we sneaked this into our top ten list.

310 Front West, designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects for H and R REIT

Now, into the actual Top Ten list, at # 10; 372 Yonge. Designed by DIALOG for Yonge & Gerrard Partners Inc, Turbo-Mac Ltd and Trimed Investments Inc. 372 Yonge was submitted to the city in July 2020 for an official plan change (OPA) and ZBA. The original application was rejected, but an updated proposal – located on the northwest corner of Yonge and Gerrard streets – was resubmitted, including for approval of the site plan (SPA) in September. If the building is approved, it will stand 74 floors / 248 meters high and accommodate a total of 415 housing units.

372 Yonge, designed by DIALOG for Yonge & Gerrard Partners Inc., Turbo-Mac Ltd and Trimed Investments Inc

At # 9 is 2180 Yonge. With several buildings designed differently by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, Hariri Pontarini Architects and Adamson Associates for Oxford Properties Group and CT REIT, 2180 Yonge was submitted to the city in December 2020 to ZBA. The proposal includes five towers on the southwest corner of Yonge and Eglinton with a total of 2,701 housing units. The tallest building here is proposed on 70 floors / 253.5 meters.

2180 Yonge, designed differently by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, Hariri Pontarini Architects and Adamson Associates for Oxford Properties Group and CT REIT

At # 8, 475 Yonge.OPA and ZBA applications have been made to facilitate the rebuilding of the site of two BDP Quadrangle-designed towers for KingSett Capital. While the shorter 75-story / 246.4-meter tower would be placed on # 11 this list, the taller 78-story / 255.25-meter tower on the northwest corner of Yonge and Wood streets places the entire entry in the Top Ten. Documents were submitted in September and October this year, and if approved, the towers would house 785 and 826 and housing units.

475 Yonge, two BDP Quadrangle-designed towers for KingSett Capital

At # 7 is 11 Bay. This proposed development – designed by Daoust Lestage Architecture and Hariri Pontarini Architects for QuadReal Property Group and Barney River – will be an integrated 54-storey / 269.45-meter office tower with retail and a conference facility, located at the primary intersection of Bay Street and Queens Quay. It is currently awaiting ZBA approval from the city, which was applied for in September 2020.

11 Bay, designed by Daoust Lestage Architecture and Hariri Pontarini Architects for QuadReal Property Group and Barney River

As No. 6 is Chelsea Green. This site has ZBA approval, but is awaiting the Planning Department’s green light for the SPA for the proposal. The tallest building here is an 86-story / 283.53-foot-tall apartment designed by architects – Alliance for Great Eagle Holdings on the southwest corner of Gerrard Street West and Yonge Street. Along with housing, other buildings on the site include a hotel, office space and retail, while a new park is also proposed for part of the property.

Chelsea Green, designed by architects – Alliance for Great Eagle Holdings

At # 5 is the Union Center. Designed by the renowned Bjarke Ingels Group for Westbank Corp and Allied Properties REIT, Union Center got its OPA and ZBA applications approved by the city last month, but is still awaiting ratification by the OCTs. The Union Centers SPA is still under review by the city. If built as planned, the building will stand 54-storey / 298.00 meters high and be home to 1.7 million ft² of office space on Simcoe and Station streets, and will be topped by a terraced green roof.

Union Center, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group for Westbank Corp and Allied Properties REIT

At # 4 is Union Park. Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and Adamson Associates Architects for the Oxford Properties Group applied to the developer for ZBA in August 2019 and are still awaiting a decision from the city. If it is approved as proposed, the building will consist of four towers, two residential towers and two office towers, the highest of which will be a 58-storey / 303.26 meter high office tower. At over 300 meters, it would be considered a “supertall.”

Union Park, designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and Adamson Associates Architects for the Oxford Properties Group

At # 3 is the taller tower at Gehry Towers. The project was designed by the famous Gehry Partners with Toronto’s BDP Quadrangle and is being developed by Great Gulf, Dream Unlimited and Westdale Properties. Originally proposed as Mirvish + Gehry by Projectcore, applications to the city for ZPA and SPA were submitted in 2012 and 2016, respectively. Changes meant that ZBA was applied for again in 2014, and it was approved. However, further changes meant another re-submission in 2018, and a revised version of it is still under revision. A revised SPA is also awaiting approval. Once this development has been given the green light, the two towers will stand on 84 and 74 floors (308 and 266.5 meters) on the block adjacent to King, Pearl, Ed Mirvish Way and John Street, and house a housing of 1170 and 868 units, respectively, with shop, office and institutional premises in the podiums. The taller building would be another super tall.

Gehry Towers, designed by Gehry Partners with BDP Quadrangle for Great Gulf, Dream Unlimited and Westdale Properties

At # 2 is 212 King Street West. It is a proposed 80-storey / 311.8 meter mixed building designed by SHoP Architects for Dream Office REIT and Humbold Properties, on the northwest corner of King Street West and Simcoe Street in the heart of Downtown. The developers submitted applications for ZBA in December 2020 and to the SPA in June this year. Both applications are currently being processed. If approved as planned, the tall building will house a total of 588 office and rental units.

212 King Street West, designed by SHoP Architects for Dream Office REIT and Humbold Properties

At the very top of # 1 is the incredibly thin 1200 Bay. Designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron Architekten with Toronto architects BDP Quadrangle for ProWinko and Kroonenberg Group, this proposal is an 87-storey / 324-meter mixed building that would accommodate a total of 332 residential suites spread over 71 floors with 13 floors. office space and two floors with retail closer to ground floor. A restaurant would sit on top. Applied for in June 2020, 1200 Bay awaits a decision from the city on its ZBA application.

1200 Bay, designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron Architekten with Toronto architects BDP Quadrangle for ProWinko and Kroonenberg Group

One last remark to add would be to include a building that – unlike any of the other buildings on this list – is actually already under construction. The One, an 85-story mixed apartment / hotel / retail tower on the southwest corner of Yonge and Bloor streets, is approved for 308.6 meters high and should be Toronto and Canada’s first building to achieve super high status … but Mizrahi Developments has applied for approval to extend the height of this Foster + Partners and Core Architects designed building to 338.3 meters. Although it belongs on a Top Ten under construction list, the potential 94-story expansion makes The One the # 1 on this list as well, and bumps all the proposals on the list down at once.

From near the top of The One, designed by Foster + Partners and Core Architects for Mizrahi Developments.

You can learn more from our database file for the project, which is linked below. If you like, you can join the conversation in the associated project forum thread, or leave a comment in the field on this page.

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