Toronto is a city in motion. You almost never hear about Canada. Yet Toronto is a city that, very close to New York, has been seeing important and constant growth for some time now. The project for the CN Tower, proposed by the Quadrangle studio, is an intelligent demonstration of the direction in which the growth of this metropolis is proceeding
It is a sort of “Christmas tree”. A “Christmas Tree” made in Canada, provocatively and intelligently imagined by a Canadian architectural studio, Quadrangle, to highlight a housing possibility that would bring media attention to the CN Tower after it lost the record of “highest building in the world”.
It is all about “reusing” the structure of the tower, which is Toronto’s symbol, to host housing units that would “cling” to it, as Christmas decorations do on the spruce trees in the Canadian gardens, when Santa is coming.
As if “mussels” were to cling to the CN Tower.
“Parasite” dwellings, which exploit the tower’s column to enjoy a spectacular view and an ultra-central position in Toronto, a metropolis in continuous and exponential territorial expansion. The Quadrangle project does not amplify Toronto’s borders; it optimizes the pre-existences. With an architectural proposal as daring as it is seductive. Imagine living and living for real up there, suspended, in the void, in the sky: the city at your feet, the color of the lake in your eyes, the sweet breath of the wind in your ears.
It’s easy to think that it would be the most envied and desired housing solution in Toronto,
and almost certainly also the most expensive.
But it would be neither “the spectacular view” nor “the exclusivity” that would make this tower, built in 1976, regain noteworthiness in the eyes of the inhabitants of this Earth.
What would really make the difference, in this case, would be the message of “invention and progress” that Canada and Toronto, thanks to the project “made in Quadrangle”, would send to the rest of the world, with an architectural project that unites and aggregates, instead of dividing and disintegrating.
And this is, fundamentally, the reason why, beyond the spectacular nature of the photos and the aesthetic beauty of the architectural gesture, we hope this proposal will soon become a realized important, political and urban, step.