68-storey condo tower proposed in Toronto


Judy Lamelza

The skyline of Toronto is poised for a transformative addition with the proposal of a 68-storey condo tower at 543 Yonge St. The project, spearheaded by a team of developers — CentreCourt, Fitzrovia, and Choice Properties REIT — would sit on a prime location near Wellesley subway station.

Designed by architects at Arcadis, this development not only introduces a significant density boost but also challenges and opportunities for the construction industry.

The first hurdle is the demolition of the existing four-storey office building, currently housing a LCBO and a Dollarama. This process requires meticulous planning to minimize disruption in a bustling area and manage the removal of debris efficiently.

With 663 units planned, the project’s high-density nature demands innovative construction techniques to optimize space while ensuring structural integrity. The proposed limited elevator count (five banks for over 130 units each) further complicates vertical transportation logistics during both construction and occupancy phases. Its ground floor would include 356 sq. m. of retail space to enhance the street-level experience. The design also includes 995 sq. m. of indoor and 663 sq. m. of outdoor amenity areas.

Foundation and Structure:

The sheer height of nearly 229 metres introduces complexities in foundation design and wind load management. Advanced engineering solutions and materials will be crucial in supporting the tower’s slender profile.

toronto condo renderingThe developers’ ambition for a transit-oriented and mixed-use development aligns with green building practices. This approach opens avenues for implementing sustainable construction practices and materials from the ground up.

By replacing underutilized structures with a vibrant mixed-use tower, the project contributes to the ongoing revitalization of Yonge Street. This regeneration effort not only enriches the community but also sets a precedent for future urban development projects.

Aligning with modern urban development principles, the tower emphasizes a mix of residential, retail, and amenity spaces. The development would contain one level of underground parking, 597 bicycle parking spaces, and 133 visitor parking spaces.

Arcadis’ design proposes a striking addition to Toronto’s skyline, featuring high-quality glazing and private terraces. The architectural expression includes setbacks and overhangs that enhance the tower’s visual appeal and street-level interaction.

With over 1,658 sq. m. of amenity space, the development aims to foster community engagement and provide residents with luxurious indoor and outdoor spaces.

Judy Lamelza writes for DataBid.com’s blog.


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