The Future Toronto Skyline Is Now
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The Future Toronto Skyline Is Now


Detail of Toronto’s skyline at present (at top) and Dickson’s rendering of what it might look in 2014 (bottom).

Wish you could see into the future? Well, now you can, sort of. Scott Dickson, the founder of advertising boutique Upside-Down, created a digital rendering of what the Toronto skyline will look like in 2014, as viewed from Marina Del Ray in the west end.

Additions to the skyline include the much-hyped Trump Tower at Bay and Adelaide, set to be finished later this year; Aura, a seventy-five-storey residence set to go up just south of College Park; and the Daniel Libeskind–designed L-Tower, an aptly named condo at Yonge and Front shaped like a glass L. Closer to the waterfront, a series of condos by Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and the Water Park City phase-two tower, Atlantis, are set to be erected.
Dickson also included some updates to buildings, such as the recladding of the BMO building at Bay and King.

The full 2014 skyline in colour (at top), and in black and white, including Dickson’s “draft” copy of a legend for it (below). Click each image to view it full sized.

Dickson, who posted his creation on Urban Toronto, left out the twenty- to thirty-storey buildings expected to go up in Liberty Village because they would have obstructed the downtown view. (He also neglected to include the overwhelming developments in the Entertainment District out of sheer artistic weariness.)
If the real Toronto skyline ends up looking anything like Dickson’s image, we’re in for a good four years of construction. With all the jackhammers and bulldozers we’ll be hearing, perhaps those who live downtown should invest in a good pair of earplugs.
All images by Scott Dickson.