Aura (Toronto)

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Aura
Aura building Toronto 388 Yonge St.jpg
General information
Status Complete
Type Residential and Commercial space in the podium[1]
Location 386 & 388 Yonge Street (corner Gerrard)
Toronto, Ontario
Coordinates 43°39′34″N 79°22′58″W / 43.65942°N 79.382787°W / 43.65942; -79.382787Coordinates: 43°39′34″N 79°22′58″W / 43.65942°N 79.382787°W / 43.65942; -79.382787
Construction started Jan 2010
Completed Summer 2014
Opening Fall 2014
Height
Antenna spire 272 m (892 ft)[2]
Technical details
Floor count 78
Floor area 120,000 square metres (1,300,000 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architect Graziani + Corazza
Developer Canderel Stoneridge Equity Group Inc.[3]

The Aura is a mixed-use skyscraper completed in 2014.[4] in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is the final phase of a series of new condominiums near College Park in Toronto's Downtown Yonge district. It is part of the Residences of College Park project. Construction began in January 2010. As of 2016, it is the 6th tallest residential building outside of Asia and the 23rd tallest residential building in the world.

History[edit]

The excavated site in September 2010

The original design proposed two towers. The building would have featured a ten-storey podium, with two towers on top. The taller tower would have been (including podium) 60 storeys and 196.5 m tall. The shorter tower (including podium) would have been 20 stories and 74.5 m tall.[5]

In February 2012, Toronto city council approved a three-storey increase to 78 floors, meaning that Aura is Canada's tallest residential building (as it will be taller than Tridel's 75-storey Ten York condo project.[6]

The lower floors of the building were occupied while the upper floors were still being constructed. Floors 1-31 were opened for occupancy in Fall 2013, while floors 32-80 were still bare concrete. The second set of floors, 32 to 57, were occupied in spring 2014. The final phase, floors 58-80, were expected to be completed in December 2014.

Architecture[edit]

The semi-transparent metal and high-tempered brick 78-storey tower has approximately 100,000 m² (1.1 million sq.ft.) of residential space. This makes Aura Canada's tallest and largest residential building. The residential portion of the tower is built above a three-storey podium which has approximately 14,000 m² (150,000 sq.ft.) of retail space.

Facilities and amenities[edit]

The building has a shared patio on the 5th floor and a 40,000 square-foot fitness facility, formerly called Hard Candy Fitness, now Aura Fitness.[7] There is fast food court in the basement level of the building.[8]

The complex is not connected to PATH, but unit owners are suing the developer for stating the possible connection when units were sold.[9] City staff have indicated the connection with PATH may be years away.

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