Source: Urban Toronto
The Frank Gehry designed towers “Mirvish+Gehry”, to be built along King West have been resubmitted to the city as even taller incarnations of what where already the famous architects tallest project.
The Mervish+Gehry development is now officially considered a “Supertall”, meaning the towers are both proposed to be above 300 meters. This status is recognized internationally by the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.
There are currently 91 supertall skyscrapers in the world, 17 of which are in the United States. There are none currently in Canada, although 1 is currently under construction in Toronto at Bloor and Yonge, dubbed The One. 101 other supertalls are under construction around the world, nearly all of them in Asian and Arabian Gulf countries. There are also 3 ‘megatalls’ in the world, 600 metres and taller, with another 3 under construction.
Both the Mervish+Gehry towers are now 27 and 24 meters taller, respectively, than the previous plan. It’s also worth noting that the towers both have one fewer inhabited floor than the previous iterations. That mean’s that extra vertical space is being built into the units providing higher ceilings, and a more luxurious space. This is an encouraging move that mean’s the developers are anticipating a strong marketplace where real luxury still stands out.
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