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Foster Designs The One

It may sound like the victor of a Highlander movie, but The One is actually a new skyscraper proposal from Foster + Partners, with the help of local firm Core Architects, that if realised will be the tallest building in Canada.

Proposed for the city of Toronto by Mizrahi Development, the scheme sits on a busy intersection in the middle of Toronto overlooking Bloor Street and Young Street. The former may be familiar thanks to a number of other tall building proposals that have recently surfaced which may one day stand along it.

In this case the tower has a proposed height of 318 metres with a total of 80-storeys. At ground level will be the predictable retail podium rising to 8 storeys complete with a green wall. A central atrium will cut through this part of the building opening it up internally to shoppers. Above the remainder will consist of upscale condos.

The project is dominated by one of the architectural signatures of Foster + Partners, a structural diagrid of crossbracing, which in this case appears to be bronze. This structural expression, which is set over floor to ceiling glazing, allows the tower to be recessed back at intervals including the ground level where it provides a modern take on a colonnaded entrance, and further up a series of sky terraces.

Proposals are still at a relatively early stage, and could be refused by local planning officials, but illustrate that Toronto is showing the sort of ambition being displayed in many of the leading cities around the world.
The One, Toronto
The One, Toronto