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One Yonge: Toronto, Canada, by Hariri Pontarini Architects.

Images: HPA.

Yonge Street is said to be the longest street in North America. At one end it meets Lake Ontario, and at this junction a new development is proposed of 6.4million square feet.

The development, designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects, is composed of 6 new buildings, and the re-cladding and 10 storey extension of an existing tower. There are 4 residential towers the tallest being 88 storeys.

An interesting feature of the development is the way the podium is modelled to give a sculptural lift to the corner, creating a rather grand entrance to the complex, and by implication the street. Another interesting aspect is the intensification of the site's density. This follows a post modern realisation that high density is the way forward in terms of sustaining services, and infrastructure.

Gratitude to e-architect.

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