Aura (Toronto)

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Aura
Aura at College Park Condos in Toronto.jpg
Aura in 2018
General information
StatusComplete
TypeResidential, commercial space in the podium[1]
Location386 & 388 Yonge Street (at Gerrard Street)
Toronto, Ontario
Coordinates43°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 startedJanuary 2010
CompletedSummer 2014
OpenedFall 2014
Height
Antenna spire272 m (892 ft)[2]
Technical details
Floor count79
Floor area123,732 square metres (1,331,840 sq ft)
Design and construction
ArchitectGraziani + Corazza
DeveloperCanderel Stoneridge Equity Group Inc.[3]

Aura is a mixed-use skyscraper completed in 2014 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[4] It is the final phase of a series of new condominium buildings near College Park in Toronto's Downtown Yonge district. It is part of the Residences of College Park project, and construction lasted from 2010 to 2014. With 79 floors, it has more floors than any other building in Canada. As of 2018, it is the tallest residential building in Canada and the 25th 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, then Aura Fitness,[7] and now Crunch Fitness.[8] There is fast food court in the basement level of the building.[9]

The complex is not connected to the PATH system. As a result, unit owners are suing the developer for stating the possible connection when units were originally sold.[10] City staff have indicated the connection with PATH may be years away.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://skyscraperpage.com/cities/?buildingID=48543
  2. ^ http://buildingdb.ctbuh.org/?do=building&building_id=919
  3. ^ "Residences of College Park - Aura on Yonge Street (Skyscraper)". Archived from the original on 2007-10-24. Retrieved 2007-12-08.
  4. ^ Aura, Toronto
  5. ^ Aura at College Park - SkyscraperPage.com
  6. ^ Pigg, S. (2012, February 17). Toronto condo tower takes title of tallest residential skyscraper in Canada. The Toronto Star. https://www.thestar.com/business/article/1132809--toronto-condo-tower-takes-title-of-tallest-residential-skyscraper-in-canada?bn=1
  7. ^ "Amenities Lobby, Roof Top, Fitness Facility & Retail Shopping". www.collegeparkcondos.com. Archived from the original on 2015-08-22. Retrieved 2015-09-08.
  8. ^ https://www.blogto.com/sports_play/2017/08/crunch-gym-just-opened-first-toronto-location/
  9. ^ "Kaiju – Ryerson – Toronto, ON". Yelp. Retrieved 2015-09-08.
  10. ^ https://www.thestar.com/news/2016/01/07/aura-condos-suing-developers-.html

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