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Massive development in the works on lower Bay St.

Posted by Chris Bateman / August 9, 2014

45 Bay Street TorontoDetails of a massive new downtown Toronto development proposal are starting to emerge. Urban Toronto has got the lowdown on a series of events in the development industry and come up with tantalizing details about 45 Bay Street, a potentially huge downtown development project on Bay Street south of Front.

Rumours of the project, which is roughly opposite the Air Canada Centre, have been circulating online for some time, but without hard details or renderings.

As seen today, the complex would straddle the Union Station rail corridor--a first for a building in Toronto--and provide space for a new bus terminal. Part of the complex is shown in place of the surface parking lot at Bay and Lake Shore, other parts appear to be rising out of the curved neoclassical Dominion Public Building at Front and Bay.

It appears there will be a large public space, possibly retail, and perhaps a rooftop park.

Beyond that, details are scarce. The designer, Urban Toronto reports, is Wilkinson Eyre, a UK-based firm responsible for the current renovations at Battersea Power Station in London (think Pink Floyd) and a massive casino complex in Sydney, Australia, which is due to become that city's tallest building.

What do you think of the renderings?

45 Bay StreetChris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.


Discussion

27 Comments

Artiste / August 9, 2014 at 02:25 pm
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What do I think of the renderings? The shiny diamond shaped sides to the buildings remind me of the metal panels on the coffee break trucks that serve construction sites. If I were to work in an office nearby and see those neighbouring buildings, I'd be constantly thinking I could use a coffee and a donut!
George / August 9, 2014 at 03:08 pm
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It is about time we start building over the rail lines. This is all good.
SupportGoodDesign / August 9, 2014 at 03:16 pm
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AMAZING!!!!
nb / August 9, 2014 at 03:21 pm
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never get built
Dave / August 9, 2014 at 03:25 pm
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So much sexyness. Like a giant glass phallus
d / August 9, 2014 at 03:59 pm
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Is this condo or office tower?
Sean / August 9, 2014 at 05:00 pm
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I like the design and density. I wish them the best of luck getting the railroad air rights.
Steve replying to a comment from d / August 9, 2014 at 05:16 pm
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Click on the link to find out. Since you asked the question I would guess you would have one reaction to residential one for commercial.
linden / August 9, 2014 at 06:20 pm
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another monstrosity. I guess style and quality are things from the past......
D Paoletti / August 9, 2014 at 06:27 pm
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What an atrocious carbuncle of a mess. The Dominon Building is one of the few extent classically inspired Beaux Arts buildings in Toronto, and forms an ensemble with Union Station. This development proposal ignores and mutilates what is really a beautiful old building. By all means, develop over the tracks, and sure… put up some interesting point towers across from the ACC, but could we not have some appreciation for sight lines on Front and some respect for the architectural integrity of a beautiful historic structure?
AJ / August 9, 2014 at 06:38 pm
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Wow!! Something you see in Hong Kong and battery park manhattan. Oh, this is Toronto. Won't get built this nice. Will be boxy, flat glass and soulless. I hope I'm wrong...
Michael / August 9, 2014 at 07:11 pm
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What is going to happen to the GO Bus Terminal? Are they integrating a bigger/better one into this development?
William Hunter / August 9, 2014 at 07:39 pm
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Meet George Jetson!
jen replying to a comment from D Paoletti / August 9, 2014 at 09:16 pm
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You said it. I love that beautiful old building and I don't want to see an ugly new pimple growing out of the top of it. Going over the tracks is fine, building on the parking lot is fine, just leave the heritage structure alone!
justaguy / August 9, 2014 at 09:52 pm
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That sky looks angry. Yes, bury the trax - but don't build atop the DOH.
Beautiful!! / August 10, 2014 at 02:40 am
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Gorgeous! As usual, the Pavlov's Dogs here are salivating to bitch and complain. They wouldn't know something good if it bit their miserable asses.
jarhead / August 10, 2014 at 10:44 am
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Time for downtown Toronto to rezone building codes: protect historical heritage building while cut taxes to developers who willing to erect minimal 80 stories tall building with significant stand out design. Build less, reduce destroy the old, increase the height of all developments.
jathead / August 10, 2014 at 10:51 am
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Most of the newly designed Toronto high rises are like a stack of concrete boards slap in with glasses, ugly and reflect architectural retarded works from drawing to planning. Nothing engineering significantly stand out.
Webster / August 10, 2014 at 11:19 am
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I LIKE IT! Though the L tower is now swept under the rug.
Sam / August 10, 2014 at 11:32 am
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Nice design . good lucy to get the permits over the rail . we need more nice design for condos in Toronto instead of all the regular square shapes.
@AJ / August 10, 2014 at 12:15 pm
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Be honest. You thrive on failure, as do many other of the confidence-challenged complainers in this city.

To the people bitching about this beautiful project, get a life.
Preferably in some other city.
WoW!! / August 10, 2014 at 12:27 pm
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Whoever said you can please some of the people some of the time has obviously never been to Toronto. This project is sooo sexy!
American / August 10, 2014 at 02:02 pm
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Hey downtown is not crowded enough and plenty of parking and traffic.. Lets build more buildings and make it more crowded.. Idiots.... Cant wait to get out of toronto
ion / August 10, 2014 at 09:49 pm
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First world proposal.
ISkyscraper / August 10, 2014 at 10:21 pm
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Yes!
Valerie Bourne / August 11, 2014 at 10:47 am
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Finally some coverage about what's going on in the relocated downtown..
skube / September 30, 2014 at 12:10 pm
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This is like a concept car. Looks great but it will never see the light of day (at least in the current form).

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