igh-profile residential towers and other large public building projects will change Toronto's downtown skyline over the next three years. First up is Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
, a $130 million, 110,000-square-foot tourist attraction located between the CN Tower
and the Metro Toronto Convention Center South Building
. Designed by international design firm B+H
and set to open in the summer of 2013, the project features a multi-faceted, aluminum-panel shell with a dramatic roof and large glass façade that acts as a window into this aquatic world. The aquarium, which will house 13,500 sea and freshwater creatures, will have a 315-foot moving walkway through an acrylic tunnel beneath a 740,000-gallon shark lagoon.
Also receiving buzz is Oxford Place, an 11-acre, $30 billion dollar downtown mixed-use redevelopment announced in October by Oxford Properties
and designed by Foster + Partners
. The project is expected to encompass an expanded Convention Center in addition to more than 4 million square feet of residential, retail and office space, plus a 450,000-square-foot casino and 5.5 acres of public parkland.
We can't look at the Toronto skyline without noticing that the city has gone condo-crazy as residential towers topped by construction cranes grow higher and higher with each passing week. Two of the tallest and highest-profile luxury developments are still years from opening but have generated great interest: Ten York,
a 65-story tower designed by Rudy Wallman Architects with interiors by II BY IV Design Associates
, and One Bloor East
, also topping out at 65 stories and designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects
. They are scheduled for completion in 2017 and 2016, respectively.Memo From Toronto: New BuildsMemo From Toronto: What's TrendingMemo From Toronot: Insider's Take