Toronto studio Quadrangle proposes to install clusters of parasitic apartment units clinging to the sides of the CN Tower, Toronto. The CN Tower was the world's tallest freestanding structure for 34 years until that title was grasped by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. It was designed in 1976 by Australian architect John Andrews and Canadian architect Roger du Toit, with local firm WZMH Architects. It served as a TV and radio communications mast equipped with a 360-degree restaurant and multiple observation levels including a glass-bottomed deck.
Quadrangle proposes to construct the units from cross-laminated timber (CLT). CLT is considered as the architectural wonder material of the 21st century. The combined lightness and strength of CLT ensures that the units can be 'hung' between the wind-shielding 'wings' of the CN Tower. It opens an opportunity to reinvigorate the tower with desirable market condominiums, in an excellent location with unparalleled views, while maintaining the building's existing and successful functions
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