One Yonge by Hariri Pontarini Architects

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One Yonge by Toronto-based firm Hariri Pontarini Architects will be a mixed-use development that re-defines the typical ration between residential, commercial and retail space within a single city block. Located on the longest street in North America, this proposed landmark will comprise of six new buildings, and the re-cladding and addition of 10 storeys to the existing Toronto Star building.

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Varying in height with over 6 million square feet of accommodation, the scheme proposes a 40-storey office tower, a 70-storey tower with a hotel and branded residence, and four residential towers, the tallest being 88-storeys, all with extensive retail over three storeys.

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This iconic project proposes to also bring a significant change to the public realm. With a commitment to a high quality streetscape, a dramatic sculpted canopy will animate the north-west corner of the site (at Yonge and Lakeshore Road), while sidewalks around the development will be widened to accommodate the increased pedestrian traffic. In addition, the buildings will also be surrounded a courtyard with a woonerf-style access.

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One Yonge will connect directly to the climate-controlled path allowing users and residents to access Union Station (Toronto’s central train station), the future regional bus terminal and the existing TTC transit stop at Union.

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The master planned development will transform and re-vitalize the area acting as a gateway for the extensive redevelopment of the East Bayfront area, directly east of the site. This project will set a new standard for smart growth and densification.

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Project information:

Location:
1 Yonge Street, Toronto, Canada

Size:
6.4 million square feet

Client:
Pinnacle International

Hariri Pontarini Architects Team:
David Pontarini
Michael Attard
Jodi Buck
Ali Yarbakhti
Alan Wong
Raymond Chu
Matthew Hallett
Mark Azevedo

Consultant Team:

Bousfields Inc., Planning and Urban Design
BA Group, Traffic and Transportation
Al Underhill & Associates, Civil Engineering
NAK Design, Landscape Architect
Novus, Wind, Noise, Odour and Vibration
R. Bouwmeester & Associates, Shadow Studies
R. Avis & Associates, Surveyor

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Europa City by BIG Architects

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A master plan with a scale typical to the massive developments in China, BIG Architects has won the international competition to design Europa City. Located in the Greater Roissy, the new Triangle Gonesse district, is a unique suburb of Paris, France. The metropolis will mix cultural, recreational and commercial on 80 acres, to form an exchange of leisure and commercial activities.

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The plan has been designed to meet the needs of a European culture and lifestyle.
This territory was chosen because of its great potential, as one of the main economic centers, characterized by a young population. The project aims to triple support the economic development, opening the territory to external audiences, and bring new inhabitants to the territory. It will be served by the Grand automated metro Paris Express and extension of the RER D (rapid transit system).

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The landscape architecture will create a new urban typology combining open and dense surroundings. BIG’s first approach is to overlay the urban frame with agricultural land. The surfaces of the program are organized along
a main road that focuses around the central square, inviting those to discovery EuropaCity.

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The project includes several urban expressions to diversify the public spaces such as a park, the circular boulevard, accessible modes of transport, places designed to accommodate event-activities, the streets are inspired by the Parisian walkways.

The multifunctional roof is symbolic of the importance given to public space and nature in the project. It is designed in synergy with activity spaces it houses, such as, entertainment, shopping, culture, restaurants, hotels.

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The overall geometry is determined based on the site’s connections and constraints specific to the territory. To the north, the station of the Grand Paris Express, and the A1 and A3 motorways, to the south, the RD370 service. From its center, Europa City stretches to as close as possible to each of these structural elements. Its volume is carved to fit the context urban and landscape by providing visual identifications. The roof, largely vegetated generates a large green open space, extending the green corridor that runs through the Triangle Gonesse.

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Projection information:

Location:
19 km from Paris, France

Scope:
€ 2 billion of private investment
More than 30 million visitors expected annually
12,500 direct jobs (6,300 indirect jobs) generated during the four-year phase
11,500 direct jobs (5,900 indirect jobs) generated during the operational phase

Offer:
50,000 M2 of Cultural Space which includes:
two theaters of 2000 seats and 500 seats
a vast area of ​​international exhibitions
a 360 ° room for contemporary circus
a resource center and library
an artists’ residence
a cultural center for children

150 000 M2 of Leisure space which consists of:
a water park
an amusement park
a snow park
an adventure park combining extreme sports, sports, urban sports
a set of equipment wellness and fitness
an educational farm with gardens gathering and cooking workshops

20,000 M2 of Restaurants

230,000 M2 OF Commerce which includes:
flagship stores
concept stores
pop-up stores
temporary boutiques department stores
a wide and varied range of large brands stores, with the integration of web technology at the point of sale
showroom, workshop creation and production of European and international artists markets
local events enabling a shared experience between residents and visitors

100,000 M2 of Public Spaces that consists of:
major recurring events, specific and exclusive – festivals and carnivals
ephemeral installations
exhibitions
performances
street theater and circus shows
major national and international events
sporting events
music festivals

20,000 M2 of Congress and Seminars

110 000 M2 of Hospital spaces
ten hotels or 2,700 rooms

80,000 M2 of Local Technical and Administrative Spaces