U OF T’S DOWNTOWN CAMPUS TO GET N. AMERICA’S TALLEST MASS TIMBER & CONCRETE HYBRID BLDG.

A 14-storey academic tower will be built above the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport on the University of TORONTO’s St. George Campus. The tower will house the Rotman Executive Programs, and parts of the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy and the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education. <RENDERING – Patkau Architects/MJMA Architects>

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THE MASSEY TOWER OCCUPIES SPACE ONCE HOME TO THE COLONIAL TAVERN, YONGE ST. AT SHUTER

Topped off at 60 storeys above Yonge Street, neighbouring the Elgin & Winter Garden theatres, the Massey Tower has taken its place on TORONTO’s skyline. <PHOTO – Razz/Urban Toronto>

<View of balcony edges looking east, image by Craig White>

< Screens billow in the wind atop climbing project panels, image by Marcus Mitanis>

Designed by HARIRI PONTARINI ARCHITECTS and built for MOD DEVELOPMENTS, the company has donated a portion of its site to MASSEY HALL, Canada’s oldest concert hall, now undergoing a complete renovation. That extra space will provide an expanded loading dock, and a new 500-seat performance venue.

The Canadian Massey family was known for being patrons of the arts, and for manufacturing farm equipment for a large company that became Massey-Ferguson. Raymond Massey was a well-known actor; Vincent Massey was the 18th Governor-General of Canada; U of T’s Hart House was named for Hart Massey; Massey College is part of the family’s legacy – the list goes on. There’s also an equally successful branch of the family in the United States.

THE ‘GIANTS’ ARE AT THE BORDERS OF TORONTO’S EXCLUSIVE YORKVILLE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Once a separate village, annexed by TORONTO in 1883, YORKVILLE is one of the city’s ritziest neighbourhoods – which isn’t entirely good. The money-making potential of properties in the village is coveted by developers, and lately they’ve begun some serious nibbling around the edges.

YORKVILLE is home to some of TORONTO’s most expensive condominiums, starting at over a million dollars and ascending from there. Two subway stations are nearby, Canada’s largest museum is around the corner, and up-scale Bloor Street West’s shopping is next door. Brand names from Bloor have been spilling over into Yorkville for some time now.

<ABOVE – taking in the scene at Bloor and Bay Streets>

<ABOVE – the Royal Ontario Museum is having some work done.>

<ABOVE – almost finished a new condominium tower at Cumberland and Avenue Road>

FORTUNATELY though, much of Old Yorkville remains – for now anyway.. It’s a truly beautiful neighbourhood, perfect for pedestrians and urban explorers.  The construction cranes aren’t yet everywhere.  May it ever be so.