High Rise Tower Lift-Off Design

A very tight building site necessitated a special design for the bottom of the Point Tower in Toronto, Ontario. The location is 40 Wellesley East, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Contrary to Toronto’s Hi-Rise Building Design Guidelines no “Podium” was used. The proposed 46-story tower was lifted up on freestanding columns with the elevator shaft visible, and exposed.

The idea was to create a green oasis under the tower, rather the mandated bulky 3-4 story podium. The city of Toronto rejected the concept, especially because adjacent towers (one built, and one approved ) were situated too close to each other.

The designer attempted to resolve the tight location by creating an elliptical shape.

Info and images courtesy Hendrik Op ‘t Root Architect Ltd.


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