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Sun Life Financial Tower & Harbour Plaza Residences 
90 Harbour St, Toronto
Developer: Menkes Developments, HOOPP


Sun Life Financial Tower & Harbour Plaza Residences | 237m | 67s | Menkes | Sweeny &Co

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Great impact on the skyline if you ask me.
Yes, this and 88 Scott have been fantastic additions for 2016.

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As much as I like the towers, I do dislike the final crown treatment. The visual break in colours combined with the setbacks lend itself to a much stumpier look, at least when compared to previous renderings. A tall crown, like Casa II's, would have been more fitting in relation to the slenderness of the towers.
 

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I saw the top go from a deep purple, to light blue and then to white, so I assume this will be lit at night but the lighting is only on a small, north facing portion, as far as I could see. (from Front & Parliament)
 
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They are testing lights on the east elevation of one of the towers right now.

Cycling through purple, red and blue. Some yellow as well.
 

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Yes, this and 88 Scott have been fantastic additions for 2016.

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As much as I like the towers, I do dislike the final crown treatment. The visual break in colours combined with the setbacks lend itself to a much stumpier look, at least when compared to previous renderings. A tall crown, like Casa II's, would have been more fitting in relation to the slenderness of the towers.
Disagree 100%. I find Casa II's mechanical level awkward and clumsy, whereas Harbour Plaza's is quite fitting and restrained. The roof shouldn't be a stand out feature. The balconies are the feature here.

No need to add on a tacky hat to complete these towers.

Edit: Probably should've worded this better. I like Casa 2's hat on Casa 2 - where the tower itself is pretty tame and the roof makes the statement. It would be clumsy and tacky if something similar were done on Harbour Plaza, where the tower is strong enough on its own.
 
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Disagree 100%. I find Casa II's mechanical level awkward and clumsy, whereas Harbour Plaza's is quite fitting and restrained. The roof shouldn't be a stand out feature. The balconies are the feature here.

No need to add on a tacky hat to complete these towers.

Edit: Probably should've worded this better. I like Casa 2's hat on Casa 2 - where the tower itself is pretty tame and the roof makes the statement. It would be clumsy and tacky if something similar were done on Harbour Plaza, where the tower is strong enough on its own.
The original renderings depicted a mechanical crown that I believe was more fitting to the overall design of the towers, and the balconies. While these areas serve solely as a functional element that I don't expect to stand-out feature, and I agree are the balconies, I find if a crown can be implemented organically into the design language of a building, the entire design is elevated as a whole. Take One Bloor for example, where the curved lines of the tower portion continue throughout the entire length of the building.

I still stand by the mechanical feature depicted original rendering vastly superior to what ended up being built:

Source: http://urbantoronto.ca/sites/default/files/images/projects/3173/urbantoronto-3173-25546.jpg
 

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The original renderings depicted a mechanical crown that I believe was more fitting to the overall design of the towers, and the balconies. While these areas serve solely as a functional element that I don't expect to stand-out feature, and I agree are the balconies, I find if a crown can be implemented organically into the design language of a building, the entire design is elevated as a whole. Take One Bloor for example, where the curved lines of the tower portion continue throughout the entire length of the building.

I still stand by the mechanical feature depicted original rendering vastly superior to what ended up being built:
Those would have been fine too, but you suggested "a tall crown like Casa II's". I pretty much pictured something with the same proportions as Casa II's crown slapped on top of these babies.