Developers didn’t hold back on new ideas this year.
From sci-fi towers to waterfront condos, there were a number of new development applications put forward in 2021 that, if approved, could shape the landscape of Toronto’s downtown communities.
Here’s our top 10 picks of new development applications in downtown Toronto that caught our attention this year.
Rendering: BDP Quadrangle and Partisans Architects via Livabl
Hoping to make a statement right on Yonge and King streets, H&R Real Estate Investment Trust teamed up with architects BDP Quadrangle and PARTISANS to create this striking sci-fi-like tower. If approved, the 66-storey building would deliver new retail and office space, plus amenities like an outdoor pool and wraparound terrace.
Rendering: gh3* via Livabl
An ionic fixture of Corkdown, the mysterious green cube house has intrigued many drivers along the Don Valley Parkway. A new development application could transform the post-modern cubes into a mixed-use tower with pedestrian plazas and community space called Sumach Artsplace.
Rendering: KPMB Architects Inc. via Livabl
Location: 353-355 Sherbourne Street
Owners: United Property Resource Corporation
Architect: KPMB Architects Inc.
Scale: 12 storeys, 100 units
The 19th-century St. Luke’s United Church at Sherbourne and Carlton streets would be retained and integrated into a brand new community with 100 rental units. New community space and an expansion of the church’s existing facilities have been put forward in the proposal.
Rendering: gh3* via Livabl
Along the Bay Street Corridor, this application would replace a 1960s rental apartment building with four times as many units that currently exist on the site. City-run childcare facilities, retail space and three art installations would be incorporated into this two-tower project.
Rendering: Quadrangle Architects Limited via Livabl
Located right next to one of the Spadina TTC subway entrances, this high-rise application by First Capital would deliver a striking tower to the corner of Spadina Avenue and Bloor Street West. The building’s exterior would comprise of terracotta panels and glass, arranged in a way that would make the high-rise appear as if it was being “unwrapped.”
Rendering: BDP Quadrangle via Livabl
With just a 44-foot frontage onto Bloor Street West, Plaza Partners’ proposal would consist of a slim tower with a “decorative architectural feature,” on the facade. In addition to a few floors of office space, the high-rise at 208 Bloor Street West would include just 46 units.
Rendering: BDP Quadrangle Architects Limited via Livabl
Taking over the site of the Courtyard Marriott Hotel, a new development proposal would create two towers with a north-south public park and a Privately-Owned Publicly Accessible Space (POPS). This is the second attempt at developing this site, following an application to build a 45- and 58-storey tower in 2017.
Rendering: Hariri Pontarini Architects via Livabl
A three-building office complex near Front and Windsor streets could replace the smallest existing structure with a sloping 69-storey tower. The new development would restore the old office square footage, and deliver a landscaped plaza plus 560 rental units.
Rendering: architectsAlliance via Livabl
The master-planned Pier 27 community has been a fixture of Toronto’s Queens Quay corridor for years. In April, Cityzen Development Group released the first look of the two final buildings that will complete the project, an 11-storey and 45-storey building, plus new retail space and a two-level childcare facility.