The votes are in! For our fourth annual Year-End Readers' Poll, we invited you to select your favourite projects completed in 2017. Respondents were asked to select three favourite projects in each of 7 categories, from a combined total of almost 70 projects completed last year. Over 660 respondents helped shape 2017's best of the bunch, and between today and Thursday, we will be revealing the winning projects.
Five of the categories were grouped based on height, categorized as Townhomes • projects between 15 and 37 metres in height • projects between 37 and 60 metres in height • projects between 60 and 125 metres in height • and projects higher than 125 metres. Winners from two additional categories covering Heritage/Modern mix projects and the 6 new subway stations on the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension will be shared on Wednesday.
Two clear front-runners emerged early on in the vote for townhomes, though Curated Properties' AUDAX architecture-designed Lanehouse on Bartlett pulled away from runner up Core Modern Homes in the final days of polling to take a commanding lead.
4. W Towns
1. DUKE Condos
TAS' Quadrangle-designed DUKE Condos secured a win over runner-up Rockport Group's Nest Condos and third place choice 277 Davenport in the 15-37 metre category. DUKE's playful Tetris-like exterior and brick details stood out among the pack, helping secure an almost 8% lead for the project at the conclusion of the polling period.
2. Nest Condos
4. 109OZ Condos
Tridel's SQ Spadina Queen Condos at Alexandra Park was a clear favourite in the 37-60 metre category, with the project's cubic Teeple Architects design helping to secure a decisive lead in the polls. In second place, Freed Developments' 629 King Residences was also a popular choice, with the Saucier + Perrotte Architects and ZAS Architects-designed exterior's signature push-pull effect capturing the attention of passersby on King Street West.
7. Musée Condos
9. Soul Condos
10. The Bartholomew
Surprising few people, Bazis Group, Metropia, and Plaza's Exhibit Residences took home the 60-125 metre category by a very wide margin. The Rosario Varacalli-designed condominium tower's shifted and stacked box aesthetic beat out contenders Core Condos and 155 Redpath Condos in the 2nd and 3rd spots.
2. Core Condos
4. 2 St Thomas
6. 101 St Clair
8. Fuse2 Condos
125 Metres +
The tallest Toronto building completed in 2017 is also one of the most popular, as Great Gulf's One Bloor East has taken the top spot in our 125 metre + category. The tower's impressive height and undulating Hariri Pontarini Architects design helped propel it above heavyweights like the 2nd place EY Tower and 4th place Harbour Plaza Residences to comfortably win the category.
2. EY Tower
10. Atria Condos
11. 561 Sherbourne
Stay tuned for the results from the remaining two categories. In the meantime, let us know what you think by sharing a comment in the field provided below.