The Residences of 488 University Avenue
Toronto

This project is a renovation and replaced Global House

Height 207.62 m / 681 ft
Floors 57
Official Name

The current legal building name.

The Residences of 488 University Avenue
Other Names

Other names the building has commonly been known as, including former names, common informal names, local names, etc.

The Icon, Residences of U Avenue, 480 University Avenue, Global House
Type

CTBUH collects data on two major types of tall structures: 'Buildings' and 'Telecommunications / Observation Towers.' A 'Building' is a structure where at least 50% of the height is occupied by usable floor area. A 'Telecommunications / Observation Tower' is a structure where less than 50% of the structure's height is occupied by usable floor area. Only 'Buildings' are eligible for the CTBUH 'Tallest Buildings' lists.

Building
Status
Completed
Architecturally Topped Out
Structurally Topped Out
Under Construction
Proposed
On Hold
Never Completed
Vision
Competition Entry
Canceled
Proposed Renovation
Under Renovation
Renovated
Under Demolition
Demolished
Completed, 2019
Country

The CTBUH follows the United Nations's definition of Country, and thus uses the lists and codes established by that organization.

City

The CTBUH follows the United Nations's definition of City, and thus uses the lists and codes established by that organization.

Postal Code
M5G 0C1
Function

A single-function tall building is defined as one where 85% or more of its usable floor area is dedicated to a single usage. Thus a building with 90% office floor area would be said to be an "office" building, irrespective of other minor functions it may also contain.

A mixed-use tall building contains two or more functions (or uses), where each of the functions occupy a significant proportion of the tower's total space. Support areas such as car parks and mechanical plant space do not constitute mixed-use functions. Functions are denoted on CTBUH "Tallest Building" lists in descending order, e.g., "hotel/office" indicates hotel function above office function.

residential / office
Structural Material

Steel
Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning systems are constructed from steel. Note that a building of steel construction with a floor system of concrete planks or concrete slab on top of steel beams is still considered a “steel” structure as the concrete elements are not acting as the primary structure.

Reinforced Concrete
Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning systems are constructed from concrete which has been cast in place and utilizes steel reinforcement bars.

Precast Concrete
Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning system are constructed from steel reinforced concrete which has been precast as individual components and assembled together on-site.

Mixed-Structure
Utilizes distinct systems (e.g. steel, concrete, timber), one on top of the other. For example, a steel/concrete indicates a steel structural system located on top of a concrete structural system, with the opposite true of concrete/steel.

Composite
A combination of materials (e.g. steel, concrete, timber) are used together in the main structural elements. Examples include buildings which utilize: steel columns with a floor system of reinforced concrete beams; a steel frame system with a concrete core; concrete-encased steel columns; concrete-filled steel tubes; etc. Where known, the CTBUH database breaks out the materials used in a composite building’s core, columns, and floor spanning separately.

composite
Core
Reinforced Concrete
Height

Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the architectural top of the building, including spires, but not including antennae, signage, flag poles or other functional-technical equipment. This measurement is the most widely utilized and is employed to define the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) rankings of the "World's Tallest Buildings."

Architectural
207.62 m / 681 ft
To Tip
207.62 m / 681 ft
Occupied
192.85 m / 633 ft
Floors Above Ground

The number of floors above ground should include the ground floor level and be the number of main floors above ground, including any significant mezzanine floors and major mechanical plant floors. Mechanical mezzanines should not be included if they have a significantly smaller floor area than the major floors below. Similarly, mechanical penthouses or plant rooms protruding above the general roof area should not be counted. Note: CTBUH floor counts may differ from published accounts, as it is common in some regions of the world for certain floor levels not to be included (e.g., the level 4, 14, 24, etc. in Hong Kong).

57
Floors Below Ground

The number of floors below ground should include all major floors located below the ground floor level.

6
# of Apartments

Number of Apartments refers to the total number of residential units (including both rental units and condominiums) contained within a particular building.

453
# of Parking Spaces

Number of Parking Spaces refers to the total number of car parking spaces contained within a particular building.

158
# of Elevators

Number of Elevators refers to the total number of elevator cars (not shafts) contained within a particular building (including public, private and freight elevators).

15
Tower GFA

Tower GFA refers to the total gross floor area within the tower footprint, not including adjoining podiums, connected buildings or other towers within the development.

62,234 m² / 669,881 ft²
Rankings
#
228
Tallest in North America
#
25
Tallest in Canada
#
18
Tallest in Toronto
#
365
Tallest Mixed-use Building in the World
#
45
Tallest Mixed-use Building in North America
#
7
Tallest Mixed-use Building in Canada
#
5
Tallest Mixed-use Building in Toronto
#
474
Tallest Composite Building in the World
#
53
Tallest Composite Building in North America
#
8
Tallest Composite Building in Canada
#
5
Tallest Composite Building in Toronto
Construction Schedule
2012

Proposed

2013

Construction Start

2019

Completed

Architect
Structural Engineer
MEP Engineer
MV Shore Associates; The Mitchell Partnership, Inc.
Contractor
Delgant; Toddglen Group of Companies

Interiors

II By IV Design

Landscape

Cosburn Nauboris Ltd.

Wind

Cladding

Toro Aluminum

Concrete

Innocon Inc.

Elevator

Joints/Fasteners

Rebar

Salit Steel Niagara Ltd

CTBUH Awards & Distinctions

Renovation Award 2021 Award of Excellence

2021 CTBUH Awards

Structural Engineering Award 2021 Award of Excellence

2021 CTBUH Awards

CTBUH Initiatives

CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2019


12 December 2019 - CTBUH Research

Research

12 December 2019

CTBUH Research

The year 2019 was remarkable for the tall building industry, with 26 supertall buildings (300 meters or taller) completed, the most in any year. This...

12 December 2019

CTBUH Research

The year 2019 was remarkable for the tall building industry, with 26 supertall buildings (300 meters or taller) completed, the most in any year. This...

12 December 2019

CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2019

The year 2019 was remarkable for the tall building industry, with 26 supertall buildings (300 meters or taller) completed, the most in any year. This is the second consecutive year in which this record was broken, besting 18 supertalls in 2018.

25 September 2019

CTBUH held a breakfast seminar on vertical building additions, featuring presentations from prominent local firms profiling vertical building addition technologies.