If Toronto's Planning Department and City Council can be persuaded, then 'The One', an 80-storey retail and residential skyscraper proposed for the southwest corner of Bloor and Yonge Streets in the city's uptown core, will be Canada's new tallest building, topping off at 318 metres or 1,043 feet tall. That is taller than 72-storey 978-foot hight First Canadian Place in Downtown Toronto, the current record holder, and taller than the approved but not yet built 92-storey, 1,000 foot high Mirvish+Gehry west tower in the city's Entertainment District.

The One, Toronto, Foster + Partners, Mizrahi DevelopmentsA mid-tower view of 'The One', with One Bloor East in the background, image courtesy of Mizrahi Developments

An event detailing plans for the building is being held at the Park Hyatt Hotel this evening, where the public is getting a look at the project in advance of developer Sam Mizrahi's submission of a zoning bylaw application to the City. The meeting is a chance for the developer to share his vision of the project, one for which he has engaged Foster + Partners, one of the most renowned architectural practices on the planet, working with respected Toronto-based Core Architects.

The One, Bloor and Yonge, Toronto, Foster + Partners, Mizrahi DevelopmentsStreet realm and podium at The One, image courtesy of Mizrahi Developments

While UrbanToronto only has a little information on the project now—and all of the initial renderings—we will be getting all of the information for you as the evening progresses for a fuller report to come. For now we can also tell you that the first 8 floors will be extra high for 150,000 square feet of top-notch retail located around a tall internal atrium marked by Foster's trademark diagrid structure. The north-south oriented atrium will feature an impressively scared indoor-outdoor living wall facing Bloor Street. Below ground, the building will be connected to the subway system via the Bloor-Yorkville PATH network, while a 600-space valet-accessed parking garage will be situated below that.

Atrium at The One, Toronto, Foster + Partners, Mizrahi DevelopmentsThe interior atrium at The One, image courtesy of Mizrahi Developments

For a much fuller set of initial renderings—much larger too—please visit our dataBase file, linked below. Want to talk about the development? You can get in on the conversation in our associated Forum thread, or leave a comment in the space provided on this page.

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