People will tell you "no it's the same as 15 years ago." but that is simply not true.
The biggest project of Frank Gehry’s career is moving ahead in his hometown of Toronto—and reaching new heights for the architect and for the city.
Known as Mirvish + Gehry, the mixed-use complex reached a milestone in January when developers submitted a final version of the scheme for city approval. It features a pair of irregularly shaped towers that dance their way up to 1,079 and 990 feet tall.
The project was launched in 2012 by David Mirvish, a theater producer and art collector whose father, retailer Ed Mirvish (a longtime friend of Gehry’s), began acquiring the downtown property half a century ago. David Mirvish’s initial proposal for three towers faced vocal opposition from city planners for its density in this crowded area and because it would have meant demolishing the 2,000-seat Princess of Wales Theatre. After Mirvish reduced the project to two towers and agreed to save the theater, he won city approval in 2014. Mirvish sold the development to Great Gulf and its partners Westdale Properties and Dream corporation in 2017.
If completed, the 1.84 million-square-foot complex would be the largest and the tallest Gehry has built so far, substantially taller than his Spruce Street tower in New York, which is 890 feet high. The two buildings, 91 and 81 stories respectively, will have a dominant place in the skyline—edging out a planned Foster & Partners tower called the One, slated for completion in 2022, and the 1975 First Canada Place office tower by Edward Durell Stone—to become the tallest buildings in Toronto.
Luxury condos will occupy the bulk of the towers, along with a 209-room hotel in the west tower. The development also includes a theater, studios, and classrooms for OCAD University’s (formerly the Ontario College of Art and Design) visual-arts program, and retail space. David Nam, a partner at Gehry Partners who is overseeing the project, compares it to Rockefeller Center in its scale and variety of uses.
91 stories isn't the big problem. The last thing the city needs is more luxury condos that will be inaccessible to most of the people who actually want to live in the city. The price tag on those condos will be.
I was exaggerating on the 6 months, sorry. I've read stories about a certain condo complex that has both the AirBNB problem and a problem with the elevators, and my brain immediately linked this story to it. Not to mention it can take forever to get up to a tall building if even one of the elevators is out of order, and nobody needs to live on the 91st story.
Seriously. Luxury condos are like shopping malls in the 50s.
Only the super rich deserve to live downtown near the banks and across the street from Roy Thomson Hall mirite?