The votes are in from our sixth annual Year-End Readers' Poll. We invited you to select your favourite projects completed in the City of Toronto in 2019, from five categories representing different height ranges. There were a total of 44 mid- and high-rise projects which wrapped up construction last year that were in our poll, and over 1,050 of you identified your favourites. Here they are!
6 to 9 storeys:
Winner: 4 The Kingsway
Our first category—from the shortest category of buildings we included in the poll—was a close fought battle between 4 The Kingsway, a residential condo in Etobicoke, and 80 Atlantic Avenue, a modern commercial building in Liberty Village. The style of the winner with 19.18% of the vote represents a throwback to the past with its traditional detailing, while the return of mass-timber construction came in a close second with a very sleekly styled contemporary skin around it. 4 The Kingsway was developed by North Drive Investments Inc and designed by Richard Wengle Architect, while 80 Atlantic was developed by Hullmark and designed by Quadrangle.
10 to 19 storeys:
Winner: The Perry Condos
The Perry—a boutique condo developed by Mansouri Living on Pears Avenue just west of Avenue Road—managed to beat out the acclaimed King Portland Centre and Kingly Condos complex to take the top spot in this category. The IBI Group-designed building took in 31.90% of the vote versus the King Portland complex’s 27.88%
20 to 29 storeys:
Winner: River City 3
The biggest landslide victory came in the 20-29 storeys category. Here, River City 3, developed by Urban Capital Property Group and designed by Saucier + Perrotte Architects and ZAS Architects and already the recipient of several industry awards, took in a whopping 51.92% of votes. The next closest competitor in the list was Minto Westside in second place, taking in just 12.07% of votes.
30 to 39 storeys:
Winner: 411 Church
The 30-39 storeys category was a much closer battle between winning project 411 Church and another Church Street building—Ryerson's new Daphne Cockwell Centre. 411 Church, developed by CentreCourt and designed by IBI Group, received 39.20% of votes, with the Daphne Cockwell Complex landing the runner up position with 30.03% of votes. Other buildings in this category were comparatively left in the dust.
Our tallest category was a tougher choice for voters, though two clear frontrunners emerged in the final days of voting. Monde took the top spot with 29.19% of the vote, with runner up Ten York garnering 22.36% of the vote. Other contenders in this category included Grid Condos, YC Condos, Dundas Square Gardens, E Condos, and The Britt Condos. Monde was developed by Great Gulf and designed by Moshe Safdie working with Quadrangle.
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