The New 2 Queen W.

I was to start this post by stating that I’m not anti-density and that I’m fine with tall buildings, in the right location. I even have a bit of a soft spot for those sleek, glass towers that so many other people hate. But while I’m fine with height and I like glass, I hate the addition that’s being proposed for the north-west corner of Queen and Yonge. Here’s a look at it:


For some more renderings, check out this article.

I love the historic bottom portion, and I really hope that the developers move ahead with plans to clean it up and restore it. But I don’t like the new, glass tower addition at all. It just looks so awkward and out-of-place. Could there not be some way to transition from the old to the new in a way that looks less cut-and-paste?

I would love to see the new part made out of brick or some stone-like material. But I doubt that’ll happen due to cost and practicality. If this project gets approval as-is, it’ll tower 65 storeys high and be home to some 580 rental units. There’s no way the developer is going to build a 65-storey brick building.

It’s a shame because this is a great location that I think deserves a great building. Instead, I think we’re going to get a building that looks sharp and stunning on the ground level and awkward and disappointing above floor four.

Of course, that’s assuming that this new project is ever even built. As the article points out, this proposal has a lot of challenges ahead of it, including its proposal to have zero parking spots. Uh, good luck with that.



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