Skyscrapers are tall buildings that seem to touch the sky and define the skyline of many prominent cities in the world. Officially, a building has to have a height of 500 feet (152 m) or more to qualify as a skyscraper. Although the skyscrapers of New York are the most famous ones, Canada also has its share of these towering structures.
Toronto tops the list of Canadian cities with the most number of skyscrapers, the count coming to 38. It is followed by Calgary with 14 and Montreal with 6 entries in the category. The CN tower is the tallest structure in Canada, but many argue that it is not a skyscraper. It is just a structure with no floors and thus, does not qualify as a building at all.
First Canadian Place
The First Canadian place stands proudly in the financial district of Toronto with a rise of 978 feet (298 m). Located at the northwest corner of King and Bay streets, it is Canada’s tallest skyscraper. The building is designed by ‘Bregman and Hamann Architects’ and serves as the headquarters of the Bank of Montreal.
The architectural style of the building is International and is constructed with glass, steel, concrete, stone, marble and reinforced material. It gets a lot of foot traffic with over 10,000 people working in it and over 16 million visitors visiting every year from all over the world.
Trump International Hotel and Tower, Toronto
AT 909 feet (277 m), the Trump International Hotel and Tower stands to be the second tallest building in Toronto as well as Canada. The building is still under construction but has been topped out. The architectural style of the building is ‘Modernism’ and the project is being developed by ‘Talon International Development Inc.’.
It is located in the neighborhood of the First Canadian Palace in the financial district of Toronto. The tower is home to the luxury Trump International Hotel’ which boasts 261 guest rooms, including 126 suites and one presidential suite, and 12,000 square feet of meeting and event spaces including a Grand Salon and Grand Ballroom.
Located at 40 King Street West in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the Scotia Plaza is a highrise with a rise of 902 feet (275 m). The architectural style of the building is ‘postmodern’ and has been realized by ‘Webb Zerafa Menkes Housden Partnership’.
Build with red napoleon granite, concrete, glass, terra cotta and structural steel-the building houses the historic Bank of Nova Scotia, 40 retail stores, and more in a 190,000 m2 space.
The Bow, Calgary
Still under construction, The Bow in Calgary with a proposed height of 774 feet (236 m) promises to be the tallest building in Canada outside of Toronto. The structural style of the building is described as ‘highrise, atrium’ and the architectural style is ‘modern, structural expressionism’.
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The materials used in construction include glass, steel, concrete and reinforced. ‘Foster & Partners’ and ‘Zeidler Partnership Architects’ are the architects of the project which will find use as office, garden and retail space.