1200Bay_Exterior1 Rendering: Herzog & de Meuron

Despite complications presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, Toronto condo developers have been busy submitting building applications this year.

Rising above them all, an 87-storey condo tower pitched in Yorkville is the city’s tallest high-rise proposal for 2020.

1200 Bay Street, proposed in June by Dutch developers Kroonenberg Group and ProWinko, touts 87 storeys of retail, office and residential space, including 332 new condo suites and a rooftop restaurant.

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A creative collaboration between Herzog & de Meuron and BDP Quadrangle, the slim tower would feature a glass facade to help it appear as a single form and maximize daylight use. Operable wooden windows and shutters would help with interior climate control and respond to outdoor conditions. Sixty-four of the floors would be dedicated to condo units, which would have access to private amenities like a fitness centre and swimming pool.

Rendering: Herzog & de Meuron

The top three floors of the building, known as the ‘Crown’ would be publicly accessible, making room for a restaurant with panoramic views of the city.

If built as proposed, the tower would rise on the major intersection of Bay Street and Bloor Street West, replacing a 12-storey office and retail building constructed in the 1960s.

1200Bay_Exterior2 Rendering: Herzog & de Meuron

While it’s the tallest building put forward this year, 1200 Bay Street would not be the tallest residential high-rise in Toronto. Currently, the tallest building planned in Toronto is SkyTower at Pinnacle One Yonge, which will top out at 95 storeys when complete. Following closely behind, The One by Mizrahi Developments will reach a height of 85 storeys when construction at Yonge and Bloor is complete.

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