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Cities on the rise: Tall condos transforming skylines across Canada

Metro takes a look at highrise residential buildings taking things to new heights from Halifax to Vancouver

The Claridge Icon condominiums will be one of the tallest residential buildings in Ottawa at 485 feet high.

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The Claridge Icon condominiums will be one of the tallest residential buildings in Ottawa at 485 feet high.

Skyscraper condominiums are the norm in major urban centres across the globe. Many Canadian cities are experiencing an urban renaissance with high-density, highrise communities in the central downtown cores. This week, Metro takes a look at Canada’s tallest condos.

A bold Icon

In the nation’s capital, things are moving skyward. The Claridge Icon condominiums will reach 485 feet high with 45 storeys and 320 suites, making it one of the tallest residential buildings in the city. Icon is located at the intersection of Carling and Preston, near Centretown.

The bold, geometric edifice is designed by renowned Canadian architects Hariri Pontarini. At street level, the light-filled podium displays a subtle offset design, with cantilevered sections giving the illusion of shifting and expanding.

‘Urban renewal’

In the west, Winnipeg is also on the way up. SkyCity Centre will be a mixed-use tower in the heart of downtown Winnipeg. Rising 45 storeys high, it is projected to be the tallest tower between Toronto and Calgary, with 388 residential units, 60,000 sq. ft. of office space and 20,000 sq. ft. of retail.

In September, Fortress Real Developments opened the doors to a million-dollar presentation centre for the SkyCity condominium suites. “Winnipeg’s downtown is a heritage gold mine, but the addition of modern residential apartments of all sizes is needed to fill in the gaps,” according to Ben Myers, senior vice-president of market research at Fortress.

“I would say Winnipeg is in the second inning of their urban renewal, and success at SkyCity will really be a catalyst for getting people excited about living downtown again,” says Myers.

The 45-storey SkyCity Centre in Winnipeg will have nearly 400 residential units as well as office and retail space.

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The 45-storey SkyCity Centre in Winnipeg will have nearly 400 residential units as well as office and retail space.

ACROSS THE COUNTRY

Halifax
Fenwick Tower by Templeton Properties is a residential apartment building in the heart of south-end Halifax, between Fenwick and South streets. It’s the city’s tallest building at 33 stories and 275 units, and the tallest residential building east of Montreal.

Toronto
Canderel Residential just released their new penthouse suites high above Yonge Street in downtown Toronto. “While Aura at College Park is Canada’s tallest condominium, it was also regarded as one of the country’s fastest-selling condominium launches,” says Riz Dhanji, Canderel’s VP of sales and marketing.

Calgary
3 Eau Claire is an urban condo development located at 3 Avenue Southwest, steps from the Bow River Pathway, Prince’s Island Park and the downtown core. At 48 storeys it will be one of the tallest condos in Calgary.

Edmonton
The Pearl is a 36-storey condominium tower currently under construction in the Oliver neighbourhood of Edmonton. The building promises to augment the city skyline with curved glass walls, a signature lobby and a wellness centre.

Vancouver
The Melville is a highrise residential tower located at 1189 Melville St., in the Coal Harbour neighbourhood. At 122 metres, it’s the sixth tallest building in the city, and the tallest fully residential building in western Canada.

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