August 15, 2010

The Toronto skyline has changed a lot over the last decade.

Dozens of waterfront and downtown condos have reshaped the skyline in a flurry of construction. Sometimes leaving the city for a week is enough time to allow a few new cranes to pop up where vacant lots had once stood.

You return to a new city every time.

But with all the new condo construction, sometimes we forget that a lot of new office high rises have been built over the past few years, many with extremely elegant architecture.

It’s about time we got a little recognition for the 40+ story beauties that we’re topping off at an unmatched pace.

The Bay-Adelaide Centre is one of six winners of the “Design Is” contest held by the Shaw Contract Group. It was chosen from a pool of 250 applicants from 15 countries.

Construction on the 51 story, 1.1 million square foot tower lasted from 2007 to 2009, but this has actually been about 20 years in the making. The first attempt at building an office tower on the corner began in 1990 but construction stalled in 1993, leaving a concrete parking garage and service shaft (known colloquially as “the stump”) sitting on the corner.

To be fair, anything would have looked better than a 6 story concrete slab, but the Bay-Adelaide Centre is a tower to marvel at.

Congrats to WZMH Architects and Brookfield Properties for gaining some international recognition for their work.

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