Renderings of a proposal by Bazis Inc., Metropia, and RioCan at Yonge and Eglinton have recently surfaced at World Architecture News.com in a short piece about the designs by architect Roy Varacalli for Bazis. The project, which is to be called E Condos, would consist of two towers, a 65-storey one at the northeast corner of Yonge and Eglinton and a 45-storey one at the north end of the site on Roehampton Avenue. 

8 Eglinton Toronto design by Roy Varacalli for Bazis Inc., Metropia and RioCan8 Eglinton preliminary design by Roy Varacalli for Bazis Inc., Metropia and RioCan

8 Eglinton Toronto design by Roy Varacalli for Bazis Inc., Metropia and RioCan8 Eglinton preliminary design by Roy Varacalli for Bazis Inc., Metropia and RioCan

The project is proposed to contain 1166 condominium units across the two towers with another 30 rental units to replace those in a building at 25 Roehampton which would come down. The south tower rises from a three-storey podium containing space for offices and retail. The complex would be connected to Eglinton subway station, and therefore the Canada Square and Yonge Eglinton Square complexes.

The proposal was presented to Toronto's architectural Design Review Panel in January. A 3D site plan from the submission shows a bridge connecting the two towers at the amenities level just above the south podium, and containing a swimming pool. Both towers prominently feature "Upper Amenity" levels which are pulled out like frameless drawers from the towers' shafts.

8 Eglinton Toronto design by Roy Varacalli for Bazis Inc., Metropia and RioCan8 Eglinton preliminary design by Roy Varacalli for Bazis Inc., Metropia and RioCan

The Design Review Panel had a number of issues with the design, and all 9 members involved voted for a redesign. Why? Here are two excerpts from the panel's findings:

  • Panel recognized the north-east corner of Yonge and Eglinton to be a site of great significance to the neighbourhood and to the city. As a major node in the city's transit system, the site carries with it enormous expectations for the quality of the public realm developed around it, as well as the magnitude of development density.
  • Panel members were unanimous in expressing profound concern for many of the key elements of this proposal: the inappropriately low overhang at the corner of Yonge and Eglinton, the inadequate space between the two towers, the height and lack of differentiation of the north tower from the south, for the neutralizing effect that this development would have on the remainder of the Yonge Street block, and finally for the lack of consideration given to the significance of the Eglinton subway station in the city’s overall transit system.

The panel had much more to say, and that included that they were appreciative of the renderings which they found engaging. While they liked the architectural direction of the project, their concerns with other aspects of the plan as presented led to the result of their vote. You can read about their concerns in detail on pages 9, 10, and 11 of this document if you would like more insight into the workings of the panel.

While we eagerly anticipate the form that the next iteration of this plan takes, UrbanToronto members are already weighing with their thoughts in the Projects & Construction Forum thread for 8 Eglinton, linked below. You can add your voice in the thread as well, or in the comments section at the bottom of this article.