With Toronto’s plan to build a $1.8 billion residential tower near the CN Tower in the city’s east suddenly off the table, the city has found a new plan to revive the iconic design with a glass-clad skyscraper in the heart of the city.
The tower, which will be unveiled on Sunday, is one of a number of high-profile proposals to replace the CN tower, including a tower that will be built on the north side of Parliament Hill.
The city says the tower will stand taller than the CN.
“The design of the new residential building is part of a wider plan to re-orientate the city toward urban living, as the city looks to the future of public transit and the city-owned assets in the area,” Mayor John Tory told reporters Friday.
“This new residential project is part and parcel of that re-oriented strategy.”
The new tower will be one of the tallest in Toronto.
The design of this new residential structure is part, and parcel, of that renewed strategy to reorientate Toronto toward urban life.
Mayor John Tory, left, and city officials announce the plans to rebrand the CN in Toronto on Friday.
(Photo: Daniel Mears, CP) The new development, called The North Toronto Tower, will be about 50% larger than the existing CN tower at 462 feet.
It will be topped by a massive glass dome that can reach heights of 5,000 feet.
The glass dome will be located in front of the CN’s glass facade.
“It’s going to be a tower with glass as its base, and a glass dome as its top,” said Chris Wysocki, president of the Toronto-based architect firm C.C.W.T. The project is expected to be completed in 2021.
In an interview with the Globe and Mail, Tory said the CN was designed for a “long, long, long time.”
The tower’s design is being updated, and the glass dome could be lowered and replaced with glass.
The CN Tower’s glass dome, which was in place until recently.
(CBC)”The CN Tower is a magnificent structure,” Tory said.
“But we’ve done the right thing.
We’ve done something very important and very innovative with it.
We have a building that’s designed for the future.
And the future is not only for the tower, it’s for the city.”
Wysampi told the Globe that he has not worked on the tower since the CN opened in 1996.
“I think we have to look at a lot of things,” he said.
The current tower is a mixed-use tower, with offices, condos, retail, a hotel and a public park.
A glass dome was removed in 2015 to make way for a new tower, and Wysacki said the glass design of The North Tower will be different.
“In this case, the glass will be a little bit thicker, a little thinner, and you’re going to see a little less of the dome.
But that dome is going to look very different, very different from what we have now.”
The CN tower has been a major symbol of Toronto’s economic transformation since it opened in the late 1990s.
It is one the city calls a symbol of prosperity.
It was designed by the renowned architect John Jacobi and opened in 1997.
The building was renamed in 2009, after Jacobi’s son, and its original design was changed by a design team led by Toronto architect Adrian Smith.