Easily one of UrbanToronto's most closely followed projects, Great Gulf HomesOne Bloor East has been capturing the attention of passersby ever since the first signs of activity were noticed on the site. Having climbed roughly halfway towards its final height of 75 storeys, the Hariri Pontarini-designed condominium tower is now drawing international attention as well, winning an International Property Award for Best International High-Rise Residential Development of 2014-15.

One Bloor East, Great Gulf Homes, Hariri Pontarini Architects, TorontoCladding rising on One Bloor East, image by Forum contributor kotsy

Teams representing top scoring companies from around the world gathered in the Joharah Ballroom at the Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai on December 4th, where winners for the world's best buildings for 50 different residential and commercial categories were announced. Developments were judged for their innovation, impressive design, and other factors including the project's sustainability and eco-friendliness. 

The International Property Award committee is chaired by three members of the British House of Lords and features a panel of over 80 experts. President of the International Property Awards, Stuart Shield said, "Each and every one of the companies to win a coveted World's Best award has displayed exemplary levels of quality, professionalism and innovation. Having proved their worth at country level, they can now take their rightful place as leaders in the global property market." 

One Bloor East, Great Gulf Homes, Hariri Pontarini Architects, TorontoAerial view of the One Bloor East site, image by Forum contributor Benito

Christopher Wein, President of Great Gulf Residential said, "It is indeed an honour to receive this global recognition from the International Property Awards. One Bloor, a bold futuristic building featuring a series of undulating curves represents a symbol of excellence in design, technology and experience, and will become a landmark in Toronto's prestigious Bloor-Yorkville mink mile." 

The development is still drawing much attention here at home, and photos of the construction project continue to appear on our Forum at regular intervals. The most recent updates show the tower standing at almost the same height as the neighbouring Hudson's Bay Centre office tower, located across the street to the north.

One Bloor East, Great Gulf Homes, Hariri Pontarini Architects, TorontoOne Bloor East viewed from the south, image by Forum contributor ChesterCopperpot

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