April 2, 2010
by Canadian Architect
Plans are definitively underway to fill the gaping hole at the corner of Yonge and Bloor Streets in Toronto, following the spectacular failure of developer Bazis International.
The Great Gulf Group of Companies has taken over development of the One Bloor project, with a scaled-down proposal for a 65-storey, 690-suite condo with three levels of retail and two floors of amenity space. The design team includes Hariri Pontarini Architects, Cecconi Simone Inc., and Janet Rosenberg + Associates Landscape Architecture/Urban Design, with construction by Tucker Hi-Rise Construction Inc.
The first two storeys of the podium will encompass prime retail along Yonge and Bloor, and year-round contemporary amenities will create an environment that encompasses wellness, fitness and pampering amid the ultimate urban backdrop. One Bloor will become the landmark for this major intersection, and residents will benefit from direct access to the two subway lines that converge here.
According to David Pontarini, founding partner of Hariri Pontarini Architects, “Yonge and Bloor is ‘centre ice’ in terms of Canadian real estate. One Bloor respects the urban fabric of the area with its simple silhouette that is sensuously sculpted with piano curves to evoke a warm modernism that is organic and timeless. The curves carve an undulating silhouette in the window glass along the base of the podium. From there, the residential floors terrace back to soften the impact on the streetscape, and the curves create a continuous visual flow as they rise up the tower. Balconies are configured to maximize views, and suites are infused with natural light from massive windows.”
Construction will begin pending that approval, with first occupancy expected by December 2014.