Hariri Pontarini and Pinnacle propose tower trio for Toronto waterfront

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Pinnacle One Yonge by Hariri Pontarini Architects

Hariri Pontarini and Pinnacle propose tower trio for Toronto waterfront

Three residential skyscrapers measuring between 65 and 95 storeys tall are to be constructed as part of a major development in Downtown Toronto.

Pinnacle One Yonge by Hariri Pontarini Architects

The towers will form a portion of Pinnacle One Yonge, a four-million-square-foot (372,000-square-metre) project that includes five new buildings and the renovation of an existing block.

The property has been designed by local studio Hariri Pontarini Architects and Micheal De Cotiis, president and CEO of Canadian developer Pinnacle International.

Pinnacle One Yonge by Hariri Pontarini Architects

The site is located at the end of Yonge Street, one of the Toronto's major north-south thoroughfares. Covering two city blocks, the plot fronts the harbour on Lake Ontario and is a short walk from the iconic CN Tower.

Pinnacle One Yonge by Hariri Pontarini Architects

"The development, on Toronto's waterfront, rethinks the typical mix of residential, commercial and retail space found in Toronto," said a statement from Hariri Pontarini Architects.

"Designed to densify and enhance the urban streetscape, the project links to public transit, improves and widens sidewalks, and provides prioritised pedestrian and cyclist access with north-south and east-west mid-block connections."

Pinnacle One Yonge by Hariri Pontarini Architects

The northern portion of the site, which is currently a car park, will host the three residential towers. Measuring 95, 80 and 65 storeys, they will incorporate a hotel, affordable housing, a community centre and retail spaces.

Pinnacle One Yonge by Hariri Pontarini Architects

All will mainly be clad in glass, but each a slightly different aesthetic. The tallest is designed with visible diagonal bracings up its facades, while the middle tapers gently at the top. The smallest is more cuboid and will be first to be built.

To the south, two new office buildings reaching 35 and 22 storeys will join the current Toronto Star building completed in 1971, which will be refurbished and reclad.

Pinnacle One Yonge by Hariri Pontarini Architects

The development will connect to Toronto's Union Station via an underground pedestrian walkway, and is intended to provide better access to the lake.

Pinnacle One Yonge by Hariri Pontarini Architects

"The project will act as a gateway to the new waterfront community still under redevelopment, with a design that strives to set a new standard for dense, urban revitalisation," Hariri Pontarini Architects said.

Toronto is due to gain several towers that will dramatically alter its skyline. Earlier this month, Foster + Partners began work on a skyscraper set to become Canada's tallest, while proposals by Henning Larsen, BIG and Frank Gehry are all at various stages.

Founded by architects Siamak Hariri and David Pontarini in 1994, Hariri Pontarini Architects has also completed a Bahá'í temple in Chile.

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Pinnacle One Yonge by Hariri Pontarini Architects