First look: New Yonge and Bloor tower would be Toronto’s tallest

The tower as seen from Yonge and Bloor: multi-level retail space punctuated with terraces. One Bloor West, Sam Mizrahi - a novice developer - unveils his plans for a 1,000-foot, $1-billion building that could be Toronto's most spectacular skyscraper. Mizrahi is a novice developer who is taking a wild leap. The tower would be 80 storeys, designed by Norman Foster - and Mizrahi will not only develop it, but is forming his own construction company to build it. He plans to start construction ASAP, and open the luxury retail while the tower is being sold and under construction. handout illustration (FOSTER AND PARTNERS)

Is it The One? The new development at the southwest corner of Yonge and Bloor streets will be sold with that catchphrase, and it will in some ways earn that title. The design by global architects Foster and Partners is tall, brawny and complex.

The project, which developer Sam Mizrahi and the architects presented to a community meeting Wednesday night, would be the third tall tower to rise at the corner. However, in size and architectural character, it would stand out: The proposal places 72 levels of apartments on top of an eight-level luxury shopping mall, and wraps a grid of structural steel outside of its glass skin.

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Source: The Globe and Mail, 03/11/2015

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