Foster + Partners has debuted the design for "The One" in downtown Toronto, which will be an 80-story mixed-use tower located at One Bloor West. The building will feature nine levels of retail space and an impressive atrium, in addition to many floors of luxury apartment living. The project challenges other skyscrapers recently built in the neighborhood, including the building across the street at One Bloor East, which measures 257 meters (843 feet) in height. Permits applications indicate the plan for a 318-meter (1043-foot) tall building so, upon its completion, The One will be Toronto’s second tallest building, after the CN Tower.
Foster + Partners’ new building will be part residential tower and part retail space, and will be integrated with the city’s underground pedestrian ‘PATH’ network. Situated on the prominent downtown corner of Yonge and Bloor streets, the building will add a unique landmark to the city’s skyline. The building will encompass nearly one-million square feet, making it quite a massive addition.
The tower’s design is comprised of three components. Nine levels of retail storefronts, cafes, and restaurants will make up the base of the massive tower, hugging a soaring 60-meter (197-foot) atrium. The One will also feature an ‘urban room’ two stories above the street level and accessible via two express escalators. Above that, a box-like structure will hold the tower’s mechanical workings. In the upper portion of the magnificent tower, a glass bridge will provide access to the residential portion of the building, beginning at the twelfth floor. Winter gardens and panoramic city views are just two of the features added to attract tenants, in case the spacious condos are not enough.
Foster + Partners designed The One to stand out, in comparison to other buildings in the downtown vicinity, by creating a facade characterized by warm metallic tones and a bronze exoskeleton, rather than a typical glass residential tower.
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