In its earliest incarnation, the mega-development was planned as a three-condo, mixed-used project, with the towers standing 80 to 85 storeys tall. The site was also meant to be home to two art galleries and high-end retail space at the base of each condo.
However, city planners and conservationists lamented the original concept, which would have seen the Princess of Wales Theatre and nearby historical warehouse spaces demolished.
The new vision will keep the theatre and two of the four warehouse spaces, but jettison the third skyscraper. Still, the project will largely maintain its level of density. Mirvish+Gehry has plans to grow even taller now.
One of the towers would rise about 92-storeys into the sky or 304.3 metres high. It would dwarf First Canadian Place, a 72-storey building that is among the tallest structures in the country.
The new vision is part of a collaboration between a city working group and Mirvish+Gehry.
Gehry recently told the Toronto Star his thoughts about the design concessions: “Three towers gave the scheme a sculptural quality. With two, it ain’t there. But now I think it’s more Toronto.
“I wanted to give it a sense of dignity. Many towers lack a sense of dignity, not just in Toronto but all over the world. They’re just tours de force standing alone. I was looking for different kind of body language. I was looking for dignity.”
Here are a few pictures we took of the new models at the unveiling: