Often referred to as one of Toronto's busiest meeting spots, Yonge-Dundas Square will soon become a place that some will call home. HNR Properties is bringing 245 rental units to a place that is usually known for its shopping, dining and entertainment venues. Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects with Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects, the 40-storey tower has been under construction for a few months now, and is starting to make its way up above ground. 

HNR Dundas Square Tower, HNR Properties, Diamond Schmitt Architects, Page+SteeleThe rising HNR Dundas Square Tower looking north on Victoria Street, picture by Jack Landau

In the image above, we see how the new construction now fills in the gap let by the destruction of the two structures that used to stand on the site, one of which was a designated heritage 6-storey brick building. As only one rendering was released, we unfortunately cannot determine how the new edifice will interact with its surroundings, although it looks like the colour of the precast cladding will recall that of the neighbouring buildings, such as HNR's. As the tower is taking shape, it seems that the lobby facing Victoria Street will be a grand double-height space. 

HNR Dundas Square Tower, HNR Properties, Diamond Schmitt Architects, Page+SteeleThe rising HNR Dundas Square Tower looking south on Victoria Street, picture by Jack Landau

A major part of this project lays in the restoration the 9-storey Hernant and 15-storey HNR buildings, from which the HNR Dundas Square Tower takes its name. Respectively built in 1912 and 1929, these unique heritage structures are keeping their initial use providing office space, while both their renovated lobbies feature retail at ground level. 

HNR Dundas Square Tower, HNR Properties, Diamond Schmitt Architects, Page+SteeleThe renovated Hernant and HNR buildings, picture by Jack Landau

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