The One in Toronto

Foster + Partners Reveal Plans for ‘The One’ in Toronto




The One in Toronto
Image © Foster + Partners via Mizrahi

Designs were unveiled in Toronto for ‘The One’, an 80-storey mixed-use tower on a prominent downtown site at One Bloor West, which pioneers a new model of vertical retail in the city.

The One in Toronto
Image © Foster + Partners via Mizrahi

Rising to 318 metres, it will be Toronto’s second tallest building and combines a residential tower with a retail base, which is integrated with the city’s underground pedestrian ‘PATH’ network.

The One in Toronto
Image © Foster + Partners via Mizrahi

The base comprises nine levels of shops, cafes and restaurants, arranged around a soaring 60-metre atrium. A flexible ‘urban room’ is elevated two storeys above the street, protected from the weather and accessed by two express escalators.

The One in Toronto
Image © Foster + Partners via Mizrahi

The apartments are reached via a glass bridge at level 12, and incorporate winter-gardens with panoramic city views.

The One in Toronto
Image © Foster + Partners via Mizrahi

In contrast to the typical glass residential tower with shallow balconies, the façade is characterised by warm metallic tones and a distinctive bronze exoskeleton frame, which transforms as the tower rises to articulate the change in function. Source by Foster + Partners.

The One in Toronto
Image © Foster + Partners via Mizrahi

Location: Toronto, Canada
Architect: Foster + Partners
Developer: Sam Mizrahi
Year: 2015
Images: Foster + Partners, Sam Mizrahi

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