The Crossways, Toronto

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The twin 29-storey apartment towers seen from the north.

The Crossways is a mixed-use residential/commercial complex in the west end of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, located at the intersection of Bloor Street West and Dundas Street West. It stretches across most of a city block.

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The complex consists of twin 29-storey (92 m)[1] triangular brick towers, with a broad, terraced podium at their bases. One level of the podium contains an indoor mall. The Crossways was designed in the Brutalist style[2] by architects Webb Zerafa Menkès Housden Partnership[3] and built by Consolidated Building Corporation.[2] It was completed in 1974 as a 111,480-square-metre (1.2 million square feet) mixed-use project. The mall's interior was a cohesive series of spaces characterized by strong 1970s design features such as walls clad in brick from floor to ceiling, brown brick floor tiles, lacquered and evenly spaced wood slat ceilings, and massive globe-light lanterns mounted onto the walls. The retail mall section was renovated in 2012 and 2013, and it no longer exhibits the original 1970s design features.

A 3,900-square-metre (42,000 square feet) addition, designed by architect Chris A. Montgomery, added two floors of commercial office space to the roof of the existing complex and connected to the existing retail mall.[4]

The enclosed 7,900 square metre (85,000 square foot) mall at the base of the twin apartment towers has more than 40 stores and services, composed of small independent businesses and services. For many years, until the late 1990s, the mall had a regular-size IGA grocery store on its lower level.

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Coordinates: 43°39′25″N 79°27′06″W / 43.65694°N 79.45175°W / 43.65694; -79.45175