Toronto, ON

YSL Residences

YSL is a proposed development at the intersection of Yonge Street and Gerrard Street in Toronto. For a tower of this height in a densely built-up downtown area, careful consideration must be given to building design and performance with respect to winds. Gradient Wind was involved early on in the development process to work closely with the architects and structural engineers to create a safe and functional building design.

Toronto, ON
Preliminary wind tunnel testing of the structural response for early tower concepts helped guide the building and structural design. As the design progressed, additional testing was performed to fully understand the structural response of the supertall tower. A combination of High-frequency Force Balance testing, Pressure Integration testing, and Aeroelastic model testing allowed for a detailed calculation of the structural response of the building, and sizing of dampers.