Swiss firm and Pritzker Prize winners, Herzog & de Meuron (HdM) along with Quadrangle, a Canadian studio unveil plans for what is to be Canada’s tallest skyscraper.

Hong Kong’s Tai Kwun art centre and Jade Signature skyscraper in Miami, The Public hotel in New York City, and a white chapel in Switzerland are all the designs of Herzog & de Meuron.

ProWinko and Kroonenberg Groep, Dutch real estate companies announced their plans on 3 June, Wednesday. The project will be located in the upscale neighbourhood of Yorkville.

About the project

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The 87-storey skyscraper is going to stand at 324 metres. The building stands atop a subway station, at the corner of Bloor and Bay Streets. Named 1200 Bay Street, it will take the title of the tallest skyscraper in Canada from the One skyscraper.

Photo Courtesy: Herzog & de Meuron

The One skyscraper is 306 meters tall, a project by Foster + Partners that is under construction on Bloor Street.

Photo Courtesy: Herzog & de Meuron

Retail, technical programs and office functions will be on the first 16 floors of the building. The rest will consist of residencies with a few levels of private amenities separating the two.

The residencies would cover 64 floors with 332 condominium units, which consist of anything from a one-bedroom to a multi-storey penthouse.

On the three highest levels, a triple-height lobby with a restaurant and lounge will be built for the tenants.

Details on 1200 Bay Street

With a construction ratio of 3:1, the building will be a length that is approximately three times of the width.

The unveiled plans show that the building will consist of open-jointed glass as the outer layer and timber roller shades. The interior will feature floor-to-ceiling windows with shutters that regulate daylight and heat.


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