*Project led by Sean Smith, Mike Hillcoat, and Ian Washbrook while employed at a previous firm.
Harbourview Estates - HOK/Urbana Architects Panorama – Page + Steele Architects
Panorama Condo – 45,987 m² (495,000 ft²)
Structural Engineering Consultant
Harbourview Estates - $120 M Panorama Condo – $65 M
2006 – Best Building Design Award, Greater Toronto Home Builders’ Association;
2005 – Architecture & Urban Design Awards, Honourable Mention in the Visions and Master Plans Category, City of Toronto
The Harbourview Estates and Panorama condominium towers are part of CityPlace, a 44-acre residential development located just west of Toronto’s Roger Centre, on the north side of the Gardiner Expressway. The land, originally Canadian National’s former Spadina Street Yard Facility, has been revitalized as the largest residential development in Canada. When complete, it will be a neighbourhood of 7,500 residential units.
The two Harbourview condominium towers rise to heights of 42 storeys (425 ft) and 49 storeys (503 ft). The Panorama Condominium, the only CityPlace building south of the Gardiner Expressway, is an elliptical 30-storey tower featuring continuous balconies all around.
Harbourview also includes an eight-storey midrise loft building, townhouses, three levels of below-grade parking, and a 30,000 ft2 fitness club featuring a 25-metre swimming pool, a full-sized basketball court, theatre, bowling lanes, golf simulator, a running track and weight room. The upper floors of Harbourview’s two towers boast sweeping views of Lake Ontario.
Challenge: The project team had to maximize the lateral stiffness of the building to satisfy code-specified criteria for wind-induced sway while minimizing incursion of the structure into the units themselves.
Solution: The towers feature non-conventional reinforced concrete shear walls and flat plate slabs. High-strength concrete was used throughout, including a 70 MPa concrete mix for the tallest tower.