I'm not sure what everyone is so excited about here... : / Having a flatiron floorplate does not a great project make.
There are all sorts of exciting massing typologies that could have been used here, but instead we're getting another point-tower / pancake building. And it's not going to be a pretty point tower, either. The design is incoherent and awkward to my eyes, and the precast and spandrel glass are already worrying me.
For any of the naive folks who expect this, by some miracle, to not relate closely to the cladding on 300 Front, go to the Tridel store and take a look at the model.
TL;DR Extruding the same floorplate over and over again is nothing to get excited about. This location deserves something special.
I'm curious if there's any other cities in North America, or even the world, that have allowed their waterfronts to be walled off by slabs of privately owned concrete.
New York, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Miami...
Pretty much everywhere but Chicago, which is probably why Chicago's waterfront is such a big deal.
I've got news for you. Even Chicago's tall towers go right down to the waterfront. Walk to the end of E Ontario or E Grand Streets and you will see they go right down to the waterfront, just like in Toronto. I think a downtown core should go right to the waterfront, as long as there is public access at the water's edge, which Harbourfront provides. We needed to connect our downtown core to the waterfront. What's the point of leaving gaps? Harbourfront is the most crowded portion of the waterfront, so people must like it.
The PATH system will make it much easier to access in winter, so that's another huge plus.
I'm curious if there's any other cities in North America, or even the world, that have allowed their waterfronts to be walled off by slabs of privately owned concrete, and cheap glass condos. I can't think of any right off the bat. the city should probably infill some more of the harbour eventually to make an actual public space down there that's worth visiting, instead of a thin strip of commercial crap like the harbourfront, building wharves might be another option.
O and then there's the TPA, a federal gvt apparatus built to shit on Toronto.