The downtown region houses many corporate headquarters as well a large majority of the city's skyscrapers — which, by law, cannot be greater in height than Mount Royal in order to preserve the aesthetic predominance and intimidation factor of the mountain. The two tallest of these are the 1000 de La Gauchetière and 1250 René-Lévesque, both of which were built in 1992. The Tour de la Bourse is also a significant high-rise and is home to the Montreal Exchange that trades in derivatives. The Montreal Exchange was originally a stock exchange and was the first in Canada. In 1999, all stock trades were transferred to Toronto in exchange for an exclusivity in the derivative trading market.
Construction of the 37-floor and 25-floor (120 meters and 80 meters) Babylone Condos residential and commercial towers, connected by two suspended skyways, at the corner of Guy Street and René-Lévesque Boulevard W. Construction begins in 2014.
Construction of the 50-floor, 175m meter tall L'Avenue residential tower started in 2013, right in front of the Bell Centre. The tower will be completed in 2016.
Construction of the 50-floor, 167 meter tall Tour des Canadiens started in 2013, right beside the Bell Centre. The tower will be completed in 2016.
Construction of the 40-floor, 147 meter tall Roccabella towers started in 2013. The first tower will be completed in 2016.
Construction of the 40-floor, 138 meter tall Le V started in 2011. The tower will be completed in early 2014.
Construction of the 39-floor, 146 meter tall Icône tower has started in 2013. The tower will be completed in 2016.
Construction of the 26-floor, 133 meter tall Deloitte Tower started in 2012. The tower will be completed in 2015.
Construction of the 35-floor, 120 meter tall Altoria tower started in 2011. The tower will be completed in 2014.
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