Friday, November 23, 2007

High-Rise Title

Canderel Stoneridge Equity Group got into the towering-condo game last week, when it unveiled AURA, a 75 storey glass residential building resembling a half sheathed blade.

AURA's soaring stature will cut a unique shape in the sky. Considering the number of renowned archtiects who had a hand in its development, the pressure was definitely on to unveil something stunning.

This was the first project to be submitted by the developers to an international peer review process for architecture.

Read the full article, "Aura Tower Vies for High-Rise Title" in the Globe (Nov. 23, 2007)

Saturday, November 17, 2007

A New Aura... a new era

Torontonians can be excused these days if they're eyes glaze over with each successive announcement with sky-line altering condo towers.

But yesterday's was worth of special attention - and not because the developer - Canderel Stoneridge is claiming its 75-storey Aura condo on the northwest corner of Yonge and Gerrard Sts. will be "the tallest mixed-used residential tower in Canada."

What makes this 243 meter tower such a landmark for Toronto is that it truly brings the city into the era of the design review panel. When the building is finished, locals won't have to ask "Who approved this?" The real question will be "Who didn't?"

Read Sarah Barmak's full article "A New Aura... a new era" in the The Toronto Star (Nov. 17, 2007)

Vertical Village

Height is Right

Toronto is growing up fast. Height, it seems is the new religion in urban planning. That's a good thing.

Suddenly it seems like Toronto has become Skyscraper City, Vertical Village, the high rise capital of Canada with word of AURA, a 75 storey mixed use condo that will be built at the corner of Yonge and Gerrard Streets.

Read Christopher Hume's full article, "Height is Right - Vertical Village" in the Toronto Star (Nov. 17, 2007)

Aiming for the Sky

An old fashioned race to the skies may be underway in Toronto's condo market. Condo developer Canderel Stoneridge Equity Group yesterday unveiled its AURA tower at 75 storeys high.

Canderel Stoneridge's president, Michael LaBrier says an addition of up to 10 floors are in the plans providing they get the almighty blessing from the city which would then make AURA a whopping 280 meters high.

Read Will Tremain's full article "Aura Aims to be Tallest Condo in City" in the National Post (Nov. 17, 2007)