The first tower went up a half-century ago, transforming TORONTO’s skyline from low-rise to high-rise. Renowned architect MIES VAN DER ROHE’s design (‘less is more’) set a new standard for the financial district and introduced the modern workplace to Canada.
The TD Bank Tower & the TD North Tower in the early 1970s. <photo – Cadillac Fairview>
Today there are six towers (5 are black), owned by Cadillac Fairview and the Ontario Pension Board. Over 20,000 people work in the complex, which includes a public plaza, Joe Fafard’s cow sculptures, a living green roof atop the banking pavilion, and 70 tenants. Since 2009, the buildings have been undergoing a $250-million revitalization.
The TD Centre meticulously maintains the appearance of the iconic complex. <photo above – Tom Arban>
Today, the financial district’s skyline has grown up around the TD Centre.