Burka Architects Inc.
Landscape Architect
NAK Design
General Contractor
About the Project

This 34 storey tower is designed primarily to exploit the natural views around it. It announces its significant presence to its context in a most benevolent manner. This is a good example of where high-rise towers make the most sense. This project offers urban intensification with the most benefits to the greatest number of people without the adverse impact often associated with tall buildings. The intersection of Eglinton Avenue and the Don Valley Parkway not only provides good access to the site, it also provides wide open vistas, much of which is green valley lands. It is also tied into an existing community to the south and east, which includes a hotel immediately adjacent. The building is a point tower with a small floor plate and a ten storey articulated podium, all designed to emphasize the slenderness and verticality of the tower as it is intended to be the focal point of this street intersection. The building is a combination of glass and precast concrete designed so as to place emphasis on verticality and symmetry appropriate for its dominant location. Client: Tridel Site area: 11497 m2 GFA (gross floor area): 30374 m2 FSI (floor space index): 2.64 Number of storeys: 34 Number of units: 328

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Much like the way blue toilet bowl cleaner can't hide everything, the blue glass can't cover up the pure ugliness of this building. Is that glass awning over the entrance supposed to "signify" something, or did some architects 4 year old think it looked "neat"?

Tridel dreck

Note to developer PR dept: when writing blurbs for vote-for-me websites such as PUG, might be best to avoid words like "exploit", "precast" and "dominant". Not really language that moves people.

Here at Burka we want to really plant a flag in the ground to let everybody know about our talents. In this case, we decided to make that flag a soaring blue beacon of crap.

its really not fare to build high density and then give the people living there none of the benefits of high density. i mean the aspects of high density aside from being able to see really far, and the games room.

That's all — Lego.

The blue has made for a distinct tower, but it's hard to praise a mere colour as an architectural feature. Beyond that, there's vague classicism and another sterile perimeter to the tower. Some might attribute this sterility to the suburban context which doesn't encourage pedestrian travel, but it's a must as tower after tower appears, bring city levels of density.

the built a model and forgot to take the blue stuff off the plexi and VOILA!

What Landscape??

Did they actually build this or are we just looking at renderings submitted as a joke?

Give Tridel credit, they know there market (the unimaginative) and were the first to convince people that a drab apartment could be a "lifestyle condo".

Personally, I'd rather live in a tent.

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