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Renderings: Herzog & de Meuron

Toronto’s newest sky-high tower was just revealed by Dutch real estate firms Kroonenberg Groep and ProWinko. Rising 87-storeys above Bay and Bloor streets in the city’s coveted Mink Mile, 1200 Bay is planned to be only eight storeys shorter than the country’s future tallest condo tower, Sky Tower by Pinnacle International at 1 Yonge Street.

The building will replace a 1960s-era, 12-storey office tower that currently sits on the prominent Yorkville intersection known for its high-end retailers, hotels and restaurants. According to Retail Insider, the property was sold to Kroonenberg Groep and ProWinko in 2016.

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“This is an iconic block in the neighbourhood and Toronto at large,” said Lesley Bamberger, owner of Kroonenberg Groep. “We have an opportunity to deliver a project that sets a new benchmark for design and strives to give something back to the city.”

Designed by Swiss-based architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron and Canadian architects Quadrangle, the structure features a supertall, slim aesthetic reminiscent of New York’s 432 Park Avenue. The comparison is particularly evident when viewed from the north, as seen in the initial renderings. The project marks Herzog & de Meuron’s first design in Toronto, with Quadrangle serving as project architect.

The grid-like facade is characterized by strong, vertical structural elements and an extensive outer layer of transparent, open-jointed glass. The effect creates a dynamic design which, depending on the time of the day, appears transparent, revealing activity within the building, and at other times reflective, emphasizing its proportions.

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The first 16 floors will consist of retail, office space and technical functions, while the levels above will house 332 condominium suites on 64 floors. A private amenities level will separate the two sections. Residences will be accessed through a triple-height lobby from Bloor Street with four elevators. Suites boast a variety of layouts, ranging from one-bedroom units to multi-level penthouses with operable floor-to-ceiling windows and external shutters that allow residents to regulate the daylight and heat load entering their units.

Topping off the development and occupying the highest three floors will be a large restaurant, sky lounge and rentable spaces which are sure to provide spectacular views of the city.

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