When you think Toronto condos, you don’t think townhomes, you think skyscrapers. In Toronto, condos don’t just dot the skyline, they blanket it. As of 2015, in Toronto proper alone, 65 residential and commercial skyscrapers stood at 140 metres (about 35-40 floors) or more. The tallest and largest all-residential skyscraper is the Aura, with 78 stories standing at 275 metres.
Naturally, with all this competition, architects go to imaginative lengths to stand out among all the rest. Perhaps most striking are the twin Absolute World condo towers in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga, standing at 56 storeys (Tower 1) and 179 metres; their curvaceous lines have earned them the nickname “The Marilyn Monroe Towers.” Also striking are the ICE Condos at York Centre, just completed in 2015, with the gracefully rounded cross-section of the tower portion and the “Swiss cheese” design motif carried out on the rooftops and the podium.
The Trump International Hotel and Tower, the tallest mixed-use building in Canada and second-highest building in Toronto, is officially 277 metres, but with 57 occupiable floors, the roof actually sits at 237 metres. Completed in 2012, floors 2-31 comprise the hotel and floors 32-57 consist of condos. Developer Harry Stinson got into a one-upmanship rivalry by proposing the Sapphire Tower, which would have surpassed the Trump Tower as the highest residential building in Canada. The projected height for both buildings were then revised several times, and much was made in the news of the service tower that stood above the roof of the Trump. In the end, the Sapphire Tower failed to gain the approval of the city council.