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emacs
2009-May-25, 23:41
the project is coming along quite nicely.

41stfloor
2009-May-26, 10:01
. . . and no matter what, it's far, far better than what it replaced. A one story low rent operation being replaced by two towers and with high podium on a prime downtown corner. Pretty good, in my books.

Edward
2009-May-26, 11:27
This is a major addition to the area. A scuzzy area is quickly being upgraded.

Automation Gallery
2009-May-26, 19:08
I agree, beats out the days of the Goodwill Warehouse.:)

Urban Shocker
2009-May-27, 15:13
... unless you were buying boots in Buy the Pound to ship to Africa - in which case you now have to go out to Scarborough.

urbandreamer
2009-May-27, 15:25
^Just go to Wiseman's raghouse at Dufferin and Castlefield. Much bigger selection, usually cheaper than Goodwill, and he's got the "candy" in the back if you're a good customer.:)

udo
2009-Jun-06, 09:53
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2471/3599853950_439e287f38_b.jpg

Redroom Studios
2009-Jun-06, 13:04
cool shot - Vu goes sci-fi!

detroitbootybass
2009-Jun-07, 15:49
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2471/3599853950_439e287f38_b.jpg


That's a great picture!

That is the first time i've seen a Toronto shot in which the wires didn't distract from the subject, but helped frame it.

Good job!

:)

udo
2009-Jun-08, 22:32
I don't think there is a way to embed video in these posts. If you click on the image it will take you to a time-lapse movie I made, capturing a 2 hour walk around of the V construction site on Thursday evening, June 4, 2009. Enjoy!

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3389/3609656078_5017159155.jpg (http://vuinstopmotion.blogspot.com/)

smuncky
2009-Jun-08, 22:51
I don't think there is a way to embed video in these posts. If you click on the image it will take you to a time-lapse movie I made, capturing a 2 hour walk around of the V construction site on Thursday evening, June 4, 2009. Enjoy!

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3389/3609656078_5017159155.jpg (http://vuinstopmotion.blogspot.com/)

really nice video!! well done.

alklay
2009-Jun-08, 23:19
Exceptional video. thanks.

interchange42
2009-Jun-08, 23:46
Udo - Wow!

Beautifully made.

Definitely a memorable addition to the UT forum.

Ditto on the thanks!

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Redroom Studios
2009-Jun-09, 00:10
ya, awesome work man, that was really enjoyable! I'd like to try that technique someday too...

Solaris
2009-Jun-09, 09:10
thats a really well done video ...... professional quality !!

thanks udo ~

TheProfessor
2009-Jun-09, 10:05
Wow, that was very impressive, well done!

CityPlaceN1
2009-Jun-09, 10:12
Very cool.

cabbagetowner
2009-Jun-09, 10:34
incredible thanks so much!!!!

simuls
2009-Jun-09, 11:06
Really great!! What song is that? I love it!

morocha
2009-Jun-09, 12:49
your video is worth it a 1000 words!! Feels good seen it and knowing that such sensitive people will be my neighbors. :)

condovo
2009-Jun-09, 17:16
I'm just floored! Just amazing. Thanks for that. Also, awesome music selection.

exstasie
2009-Jun-09, 22:39
I don't think there is a way to embed video in these posts. If you click on the image it will take you to a time-lapse movie I made, capturing a 2 hour walk around of the V construction site on Thursday evening, June 4, 2009. Enjoy!

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3389/3609656078_5017159155.jpg (http://vuinstopmotion.blogspot.com/)

That is unbelievable dude!!

Made me even more excited to move here!

yyzer
2009-Jun-09, 22:48
spectacular video, udo........:)

jmacmillan
2009-Jun-09, 22:54
Well done! Care to share how you made it?

khristopher
2009-Jun-09, 23:20
Well done! Care to share how you made it?

Read under the video.
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Very great video! I love the stop motion effect used. I love the way it makes people look like they're floating along the sidewalks as they walk.

BDurk
2009-Jun-09, 23:59
Great of you to share that. It makes the anticipation all that more fun. Great job.

smuncky
2009-Jun-10, 00:25
http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee89/smuncky/IMG_7985.jpg

Solaris
2009-Jun-10, 10:03
Well done! Care to share how you made it?
Read under the video.


was that necessary ?

udo
2009-Jun-10, 11:15
Thank you all for the positive feedback on the video. It's good to see that you like it. The music by the way is Greg Laswell's "Days Go On" and details on how the video was made can be found here (http://vuinstopmotion.blogspot.com/2009/06/making-of.html).

interchange42
2009-Jun-10, 13:44
Interesting image, Smuncky, but I can't seem to make the traffic move, and there's no music.

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catcher_of_cats
2009-Jun-10, 15:05
Smashing video.

cdr108
2009-Jun-10, 16:42
Interesting image, Smuncky, but I can't seem to make the traffic move, and there's no music.

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udo has raised the bar ...

great stuff there udo ... i'll have to borrow that vid if, when, i decide to sell my unit at Vu. :D

exstasie
2009-Jun-11, 11:37
udo has raised the bar ...

great stuff there udo ... i'll have to borrow that vid if, when, i decide to sell my unit at Vu. :D

Ditto on that one lol

VDub
2009-Jun-11, 20:47
I don't think there is a way to embed video in these posts. If you click on the image it will take you to a time-lapse movie I made, capturing a 2 hour walk around of the V construction site on Thursday evening, June 4, 2009. Enjoy!

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3389/3609656078_5017159155.jpg (http://vuinstopmotion.blogspot.com/)

WOW!!!

I have to tell you that this video was kinda touching considering that I'm building this condo and you made such a great vid of it...

Thanks for that Udo...

VDub
2009-Jun-11, 20:57
Thank you all for the positive feedback on the video. It's good to see that you like it. The music by the way is Greg Laswell's "Days Go On" and details on how the video was made can be found here (http://vuinstopmotion.blogspot.com/2009/06/making-of.html).

I've always wanted to shoot a time lapse video from the crane but only have an HD vid camera and a pc...

No fancy Mac production stuff...

But I think it would be a pretty cool video...

udo
2009-Jun-16, 11:23
justme at VTALK (http://www.vutalk.com/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=2&p=264#p263) pointed out that Aspen Ridge Homes has updated their vuliving website (http://www.vuliving.ca/) with some (rather small) construction pictures. Using Google's Picasa I made a photo collage from them.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3409/3632797792_9e9abd47f0_b.jpg

exstasie
2009-Jun-16, 13:35
justme at VTALK (http://www.vutalk.com/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=2&p=264#p263) pointed out that Aspen Ridge Homes has updated their vuliving website (http://www.vuliving.ca/) with some (rather small) construction pictures. Using Google's Picasa I made a photo collage from them.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3409/3632797792_9e9abd47f0_b.jpg


Another great work of art!!

Thanks :D

PS. Did you buy here? or do you just like the building?

udo
2009-Jun-16, 20:18
extasie: Did you buy here? or do you just like the building?

Yes indeed, my special interest in the building can be explained by the fact, that our daughter bought one of the condos. I am also interested in architecture and photography, and I do like the V and its location.

Besides, its fun to contribute to the UrbanToronto website.

Redroom Studios
2009-Jun-16, 20:20
nice work! really makes us construction junkies drool...

detroitbootybass
2009-Jun-18, 12:01
Besides, its fun to contribute to the UrbanToronto website.


Feel free to contribute as often as you please!

:D

udo
2009-Jun-18, 13:55
Feel free to contribute as often as you please!

:D

All right then. I have a question for VDub. I always wonder how your crane is lifted or extended as the south tower keeps getting taller. On the internet one can find references to a "climbing frame" method, which to me doesn't seem to be applied here. So how is it done? And how often?

Solaris
2009-Jun-18, 14:38
udo ... I previously wondered the exact same thing, this diagram explains quite well:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v54/favelle/linkbelt_06.jpg

udo
2009-Jun-18, 15:59
udo ... I previously wondered the exact same thing, this diagram explains quite well:


Thanks Solaris. Yes that's how the Internert explains it and how it is generally done. The only problem (for me) is, that I don't see any "climbing frame" on VDub's crane (in the diagram this would be the blue and green parts).

Here is an enlargement of a picture I took a long time ago. It shows the base of the crane. Maybe you can see something there that I am missing.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2477/3639686068_8a989fb78a_o.jpg

smuncky
2009-Jun-18, 16:47
VDub lifts the crane manually. you should see his biceps.

whatever
2009-Jun-18, 16:52
Because it's inside the building, on the floors that have already been poured

Solaris
2009-Jun-19, 12:12
Views at the V in Toronto

http://www.dailycommercialnews.com/images/archivesid/34197/110.jpg

WILLIAM CONWAY/PROGRESS PHOTOGRAPHY

Construction moves upwards on the V condominium/loft/townhouse project in Toronto, Ont. Owner/developer and general contractor Aspen Ridge Homes Ltd. has completion of the two-tower project scheduled for March 2010. The Project includes one 24-storey tower, one 15-storey tower connected by an eight-storey podium with a total of 524 units. The project will also have a courtyard and retail on the ground floor. The project was designed by Young & Wright Architects and Hariri Pontarini Architects. Consultants are Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd. (structural); and MV Shore Associates (1993) Ltd. (mechanical/electrical). Subcontractors include: B. Gottardo Construction Ltd. (excavating); Fourwinds Construction Inc. (site work); Anchor Shoring & Caissons Ltd.; Verdi Alliance (formwork); and ThyssenKrupp Elevator Ltd.

exstasie
2009-Jun-19, 15:23
VDub lifts the crane manually. you should see his biceps.

he's a beast.

cdr108
2009-Jun-19, 16:22
he's a beast.


VDub's alter ego

interchange42
2009-Jun-19, 19:20
I heard that VDub was more of a song-and-dance man.

http://prom-dresses.net/fashion/wp-content/uploads/hugh-jackman-2009-oscars.jpg

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VDub
2009-Jun-19, 21:33
Yes indeed, my special interest in the building can be explained by the fact, that our daughter bought one of the condos. I am also interested in architecture and photography, and I do like the V and its location.

Besides, its fun to contribute to the UrbanToronto website.

My crane is in her foyer...

LOL...

VDub
2009-Jun-19, 21:36
I heard that VDub was more of a song-and-dance man.

http://prom-dresses.net/fashion/wp-content/uploads/hugh-jackman-2009-oscars.jpg

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God I look good in a tux....

VDub
2009-Jun-19, 21:45
udo ... I previously wondered the exact same thing, this diagram explains quite well:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v54/favelle/linkbelt_06.jpg

This is a top climber...

We don't use these very often around here but they are used almost exclusively in the States...

Here we use bottom climbers...

Basically there is a climbing frame in the bottom of the crane with separates vertically but is connected with a piston. The piston pushes up on the crane until its at its full travel at which point we lock in the crane with dogs. Then the piston contracts, raising up the very bottom of the section. We do this several times until we reach the new final height (two floors in this build)...

Make sense????

Man there was a great video on the procedure on Things That Move: Cranes...

VDub
2009-Jun-19, 22:13
Thanks Solaris. Yes that's how the Internert explains it and how it is generally done. The only problem (for me) is, that I don't see any "climbing frame" on VDub's crane (in the diagram this would be the blue and green parts).

Here is an enlargement of a picture I took a long time ago. It shows the base of the crane. Maybe you can see something there that I am missing.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2477/3639686068_8a989fb78a_o.jpg

The white section at the bottom is the climbing section...

You can see the ladders going up the side of the crane which hang off of climbing beams. The piston and the top of the climbing section have dogs which come out and hook onto the ladders...

VDub
2009-Jun-19, 22:16
On a different note, they were shooting a Tylenol commercial on the roof of the north tower...

The camera was pointed right at me...

Can't wait to see the final product...

DSC
2009-Jun-20, 15:30
On a different note, they were shooting a Tylenol commercial on the roof of the north tower... The camera was pointed right at me... Can't wait to see the final product...

I hope you were wearing your tux :-> :)

udo
2009-Jun-20, 21:14
The white section at the bottom is the climbing section...

You can see the ladders going up the side of the crane which hang off of climbing beams. The piston and the top of the climbing section have dogs which come out and hook onto the ladders...

Thanks for the explanation. What part of the building are the ladders attached to? The walls of the foyer?

VDub
2009-Jun-21, 14:03
Thanks for the explanation. What part of the building are the ladders attached to? The walls of the foyer?

The ladders are suspended from another set of beams which are sitting on the floor...

drum118
2009-Jun-28, 16:06
This is a close I came to the building this week considering it was on my shooting list.

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/june/2009_06_27/IMG_june-27-09-0081.JPG

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/june/2009_06_27/IMG_june-27-09-0082.JPG

drum118
2009-Jul-09, 01:42
http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/july/2009_07_08/IMG_july-08-09-0006.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/july/2009_07_08/IMG_july-08-09-0007.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/july/2009_07_08/IMG_july-08-09-0012.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/july/2009_07_08/IMG_july-08-09-0013.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/july/2009_07_08/IMG_july-08-09-0016.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/july/2009_07_08/IMG_july-08-09-0017.jpg

TheProfessor
2009-Jul-09, 10:24
Looking really good. I still can't believe how fast this thing went up.

CityPlaceN1
2009-Jul-09, 10:55
It does look good and frames the park really well.

exstasie
2009-Jul-09, 15:36
I ran into VDub last week, and he was showing me pictures that he took, more shot of what the exterior looks like from the inside. Pretty cool stuff. Post VDub!

VDub
2009-Jul-11, 10:11
I ran into VDub last week, and he was showing me pictures that he took, more shot of what the exterior looks like from the inside. Pretty cool stuff. Post VDub!

http://img37.imageshack.us/img37/2493/imagewxz.th.jpg (http://img37.imageshack.us/my.php?image=imagewxz.jpg)

View from the crane of the north tower...

http://img12.imageshack.us/img12/9402/imagedkn.th.jpg (http://img12.imageshack.us/my.php?image=imagedkn.jpg)

This was the shooting of a Tylenol commercial so look for me on TV!!!

simuls
2009-Jul-12, 11:38
While this is going to fit into the neighbourhood quite nicely, looks like it belongs, and will undoubtedly spruce up that area (don't they also have to spend a million bucks on the adjacent park?) I can't help but think that it's boring and that this corner deserved something more interesting. I just think this will completely fade into the background - which is, i guess, better than sticking out for all the wrong reasons.

drum118
2009-Jul-13, 21:54
From Bay St

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/july/2009_07_13/IMG_july-13-09-0027.jpg

detroitbootybass
2009-Jul-15, 18:40
Great shots!

udo
2009-Jul-17, 13:40
The confirmed occupancy date for our condo on the 18th floor of the South Tower is now April 27, 2010. During the Sales cycle early 2007 the original date Aspen Ridge had given us was early 2008, but so far has been pushed back three times to a total of more than two years of delay. Is that a normal practice in the business?

Mike in TO
2009-Jul-17, 15:21
Generally - different builders have different track records and there are all sorts of externalities that can impact the timing in which units are delivered that the developer has no control over.

Also keep in mind this is Aspen Ridge's first high-rise project. There is a fairly steep learning curve going from stick building to this type of structure - so some delays are to be expected.

Torontovibe
2009-Jul-17, 17:10
While this is going to fit into the neighbourhood quite nicely, looks like it belongs, and will undoubtedly spruce up that area (don't they also have to spend a million bucks on the adjacent park?) I can't help but think that it's boring and that this corner deserved something more interesting. I just think this will completely fade into the background - which is, i guess, better than sticking out for all the wrong reasons.

Yep, I agree, it's quite ordinary. With the location it had and the great view corridor, I would much rather have seen a flat iron type building or something with a bit more dramatic flair. It looks ok, but rather boring to me. Another great opportunity missed, in this city of missed opportunities.

condovo
2009-Jul-18, 08:28
Why not wait until the thing is finished before passing judgement?

simuls
2009-Jul-18, 11:23
Why not wait until the thing is finished before passing judgement?

I think it's at a point in construction now, where filling in the missing pieces is pretty easy.

whatever
2009-Jul-18, 11:28
If they go ahead with the lighting features that were originally proposed I think it's going to make a pretty impressive splash as an eastern view terminus to Adelaide

udo
2009-Jul-18, 13:36
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2515/3732006853_d10b7e45ab_b.jpg

The "boring" and "quite ordinary" V as seen from Waterclub Condominiums on Queens Quay West. 20 storeys of the 24-storey South Tower are done - 4 more to go.

Redroom Studios
2009-Jul-18, 15:28
thats a great picture... we can also see Regent Park and all the way out to Scarborough! I think Vu is a decent development and uses the site nicely. It does a good job framing the NE corner of the park. It was a bit disappointing to see them cut corners on the angled stilt supports that were seen in the renders. Lets face it though, there simply isnt enough money in this city to command the higher level architecture that so many of would like to see...

udo
2009-Jul-18, 20:38
I now got curious and with the help of Google Maps I identified a few other landmarks visible in the picture.

The church between Regent Park and Scarborough is Greektown's Holy Name Catholic Church on Danforth and Pape. The three small onion dome's between in between Regent Park and the church on Danforth belong to the Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Church at the corner of Broadview and Bain Avenue. From there one has one of the best views (http://www.flickr.com/photos/30855862@N07/3663027104/sizes/l/) of the downtown Toronto skyline.

The one Regent Park tower which is higher and sticks out to the right of V's South Tower is the 22 storey Dundas/Sackville Apartments tower. The other Regent Park tower mostly hidden by V's South Tower is the East Tower of OneCole Condominiums.

Of course there is no need to point out the Cathedral Church of St. James (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cathedral_Church_of_St._James_(Toronto)) and the Gooderham Building (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gooderham_Building).

Redroom Studios
2009-Jul-18, 22:52
good job my friend... I can see your brain works like mine, recently I have been spending lots of time studying the google map of Manhattan to place various photos I took while there...

androiduk
2009-Jul-22, 17:17
http://andrewfare.com/UTB/mytoronto/vu.jpg

interchange42
2009-Jul-23, 10:13
Nice! St. James Park is being reclaimed by the new housing going up around it, and will likely become better known and more important over the years because of that.

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CityPlaceN1
2009-Jul-23, 10:20
Those folks are certainly going to have wicked views.

androiduk
2009-Jul-26, 16:46
Those facing west will have a wicked view down Adelaide.


http://andrewfare.com/UTB/vuad.jpg

DSC
2009-Jul-26, 18:51
Nice! St. James Park is being reclaimed by the new housing going up around it, and will likely become better known and more important over the years because of that. 42

Reclaimed from what? It is a very well used park and has been for ages. The "Victorian Garden" is a gem.

PukeGreen
2009-Jul-26, 21:23
Reclaimed from what? It is a very well used park and has been for ages. The "Victorian Garden" is a gem.

I also love St. James park, in fact, it's one of my favourites in the city. And most of the time it's pretty welcoming, especially the Victorian garden. But at certain days and times the northern and eastern parts do tend to get taken over by some scruffy characters. It's a shame that the beautiful gazebo is often out-of-bounds for those of us who want to use the park for something other than a semi-private place to get high. I have to admit that I am looking forward to any gentrifying effects that Vu will have on the park and surrounding area. Sorry if that's politically incorrect to say.

androiduk
2009-Jul-26, 21:37
Most of the time I go through the park, the gazebo and or the pathway from Jarvis/Adelaide is full of drunks.

condovo
2009-Jul-28, 02:44
I've seen people smoking crack in that gazebo and on the benches lining Adelaide on 3 separate occasions. If that's not a park in need of reclaiming, I don't know what is.

ladyscraper
2009-Jul-28, 10:02
I've seen people smoking crack in that gazebo and on the benches lining Adelaide on 3 separate occasions.

Sorry if that bugs you. Just say something next time and I will gladly go do it somewhere else.

condovo
2009-Jul-28, 11:21
Sorry if that bugs you. Just say something next time and I will gladly go do it somewhere else.
:D

dt_toronto_geek
2009-Jul-28, 13:32
I also love St. James park, in fact, it's one of my favourites in the city. And most of the time it's pretty welcoming, especially the Victorian garden. But at certain days and times the northern and eastern parts do tend to get taken over by some scruffy characters. It's a shame that the beautiful gazebo is often out-of-bounds for those of us who want to use the park for something other than a semi-private place to get high. I have to admit that I am looking forward to any gentrifying effects that Vu will have on the park and surrounding area. Sorry if that's politically incorrect to say.

One of my favorate parks too. I recently documented St. James Park for anyone not familiar with the area. It can be found here (http://www.urbantoronto.ca/showthread.php?p=296792#post296792)

Andrew3D
2009-Jul-30, 19:29
Taken July 29th


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2427/3773624382_72a332d7ca_b.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3449/3772824623_6eaf1cde1c_b.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3420/3773625070_8a1c7ae2e8_b.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3457/3773626884_3a5ac15ed6_b.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2616/3772818943_ea830047ed_b.jpg

Solaris
2009-Jul-30, 22:42
great shots Andrew3D ... thanks !

the second photos illustrates the less pretty nearby buildings ... eeeks :eek:

Redroom Studios
2009-Jul-31, 01:32
ya, that one to the left is begging for a tear down!

some sweet wide angle shots in there Andrew!

condovo
2009-Jul-31, 03:44
An excellent addition to the neighbourhood. From Goodwill to VU. Toronto's surely moving in the right direction architecturally/urbanistically. Thanks for the pics.

DSC
2009-Jul-31, 08:33
ya, that one to the left is begging for a tear down!

It is actually a shot of the back of the rather nice row on Jarvis where the Bombay Palace restaurant is. There are lots of rather scuzzy back entrances like this in Toronto.

Uncle Teddy
2009-Jul-31, 09:41
Yes leave that row on Jarvis alone.

DSC
2009-Jul-31, 11:04
Yes leave that row on Jarvis alone.

Absolutely, since they fixed their windows a year or so ago it looks pretty nice, at least the front.

simuls
2009-Jul-31, 13:19
If that 2nd shot had been labelled "alley in London or Paris", people would've loved it and thought it quaint and said "why can't we get that kind of character?" ;)

condovo
2009-Jul-31, 14:01
If that 2nd shot had been labelled "alley in London or Paris", people would've loved it and thought it quaint and said "why can't we get that kind of character?" ;)
Great point. It does look a little Dickensian, minus the pavers.

Solaris
2009-Jul-31, 15:21
If that 2nd shot had been labelled "alley in London or Paris", people would've loved it and thought it quaint and said "why can't we get that kind of character?" ;)

I would agree to that ... but only to the extent limited to the east (right) side of that lane, the west (left) side is just plain ugly, looks to be unkept and falling apart, regardless if it is in Toronto, London or Paris

cdr108
2009-Jul-31, 16:08
I would agree to that ... but only to the extent limited to the east (right) side of that lane, the west (left) side is just plain ugly, looks to be unkept and falling about, regardless if it is in Toronto, London or Paris


the building on the east side has been renovated/re-furbished inside and out (sandblasted) and used as commercial building visible from afar 5s.

the visible part in the pic of the west building (1-2s) is the rear so probably less attention was devoted to it, while the facade has been renovated.
a good power-washing would make it look better, but the boarded up windows are another matter.

cgguy
2009-Jul-31, 16:36
I've seen people smoking crack in that gazebo and on the benches lining Adelaide on 3 separate occasions. If that's not a park in need of reclaiming, I don't know what is.

Indeed. It's not uncommon to find impromptu crack pipes left lying around near that gazebo. The area East of Jarvis along King still has a long way to go in my opinion. Lets hope VU can spur this area along.

Silence&Motion
2009-Jul-31, 16:59
I'm very surprised that people are having such negative reactions to that building on the left. As far as I'm concerned, it's the most interesting building in that picture. Far more interesting than what is at the end of the alley.

egotrippin
2009-Aug-01, 17:02
I love the old alleyways throughout the city, and while they aren't all in the best shape, they could become great little spaces if we opened up a bit to alleyway animation. The brick paving is already nice, and with a bit of cleanup up and lighting, I can imagine this (and other) alleys becoming fun spots with cafes, outdoor seating, and little market stands animating the space.

We just need some creative thinking, and (as far as I know) some more relaxed bylaws regarding alleyways. The fire related ones are pretty strict from what I recall in a thread discussing this topic.

neilm46
2009-Aug-01, 17:45
Does anyone know the measurements for the storage units
in the North building

drum118
2009-Aug-02, 01:53
http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/aug/2009_08_01/IMG_aug-01-09-0196.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/aug/2009_08_01/IMG_aug-01-09-0197.jpg

Solaris
2009-Aug-03, 01:44
seeing Vu again today ... I'm not sure if this is 'real' or 'precast' brick being installed on the facade ~

http://i350.photobucket.com/albums/q438/Solaris_Metrogate/IMG_1383.jpg
http://i350.photobucket.com/albums/q438/Solaris_Metrogate/IMG_1384.jpg
http://i350.photobucket.com/albums/q438/Solaris_Metrogate/IMG_1385.jpg

cdr108
2009-Aug-03, 23:12
AFAIK it's real brick up to the 8th floor to blend in with the historic buildings and neighbourhood.

I like the coloured glass panels (3 i think; clear, white and green) they are using, and the 2 colour of panels ... gives it abit of variety, style.

Redroom Studios
2009-Aug-04, 00:40
awesome pics Drum and Solaris! its bizarre seeing Bay and Adelaide deserted in that first one!

simuls
2009-Aug-04, 08:39
seeing Vu again today ... I'm not sure if this is 'real' or 'precast' brick being installed on the facade

It's funny, but I had the exact same question when I passed by there a couple weeks ago, then I saw a worker laying the brick. It then led me to think though, that considering I really couldn't tell by looking at it, is there really that much of a difference?

udo
2009-Aug-04, 13:33
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2664/3789449446_323b1799f2_b.jpg

I have been experimenting lately with 360 by 180 degree VR panoramas and I thought the courtyard of the V would make a good subject. On Saturday I then ventured to the construction site. The guard was nice enough to let me take the pictures, and I have now published the resulting panorama on 360cities.net.

Click on this link (http://www.360cities.net/image/courtyard-canada) to go to the panorama page. For best viewing you should then activate the fullscreen mode, hide the controls, and pan and zoom using the mouse or keyboard (arrow keys to pan, a and z keys to zoom). You can also experiment with the different viewing modes available from the right click menu. My favourite there is the "Little Planet" view. If you want to see a hdr version of the courtyard panorama follow this other link (http://www.360cities.net/image/no-trespassing).

Solaris
2009-Aug-04, 14:04
amazing 360 view udo !! thank you for sharing that ~

I'm definitely not a big fan of those units facing internally into the courtyard

cdr108
2009-Aug-04, 14:41
^ ^ ^

great stuff udo ! :)

alklay
2009-Aug-04, 15:25
Your work, Udo, is really amazing. Thanks.

whatever
2009-Aug-04, 17:06
I'd consider a courtyard unit. I'd imagine it would be much quieter than a unit on Adelaide or Jarvis

cdr108
2009-Aug-04, 19:03
I'd consider a courtyard unit. I'd imagine it would be much quieter than a unit on Adelaide or Jarvis


I bought a courtyard unit just for that reason.

Richmond, Jarvis and Adelaide are high traffic main arteries with Richmond and Adelaide being multi-lane 1-ways.

One disappointing thing about some of the courtyard units is that they don't have balconies/terraces, only french balconies ... but then again, not all the other units have a balcony either.

JasonParis
2009-Aug-04, 19:23
I'm definitely not a big fan of those units facing internally into the courtyard
The Richmond at Richmond St E & Sherbourne St has similar courtyard-facing units.

UserNameToronto
2009-Aug-05, 11:44
I'm very surprised that people are having such negative reactions to that building on the left. As far as I'm concerned, it's the most interesting building in that picture. Far more interesting than what is at the end of the alley.

x2.

CityPlaceN1
2009-Aug-05, 12:34
x3

Urban Shocker
2009-Aug-05, 12:34
I agree with urbandreamer's assessment of this cluster of buildings. Does there really have to be so much going on ? There's something for everyone - polite, precast faux stone on some of the George Street townhouse bays - to match the adjacent Bank of Upper Canada building - and not on the rest, for instance. And the Big Hair side - the view terminus to Adelaide - is so fussily angular. It reminds me of Zeidler's overly-contrived College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario building on College Street:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0e/CPSO_91b.JPG

It's an oddly-shaped site, but they've created unnecessarily showy complexity. It's a step up from the schizophrenic something-for-everyone-depending-on-which-side-of-the-building-you-look-at London on the Esplanade, for sure, but the danger is that you end up with nothing much of anything if you break things down too much and nuance everything into oblivion - the result doesn't tie together very well as a whole. As urbandreamer's photo-contrast with Spire suggests, simpler might have been better.

Marcanadian
2009-Aug-06, 22:00
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3267/3795665327_38d890e135_b.jpg

Solaris
2009-Aug-07, 01:04
The VU today ~

http://i350.photobucket.com/albums/q438/Solaris_Metrogate/IMG_1429.jpg

udo
2009-Aug-08, 09:43
The VU today ~


one more floor to go ...

VDub
2009-Aug-11, 18:38
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3267/3795665327_38d890e135_b.jpg

They took that Kroll down from the Corus building today...

VDub
2009-Aug-11, 18:38
one more floor to go ...

Thank GOD!!!

cdr108
2009-Aug-12, 12:53
Thank GOD!!!

what, no love for this project VDub? :D

oh wait, did you mention that you have to climb up/down that crane daily ...:eek:

ProjectEnd
2009-Aug-12, 13:16
Viewing this from University and Adelaide every day is a real treat. To bad it couldn't be twice as high...

Urban Shocker
2009-Aug-12, 17:09
A sleek tower that bookends the park in consort with Spire - and a development that's less circle-the-wagons in nature, with a pedestrian walkway mid-block though to George Street - might've been nice. At first glance Vu is composed of several apparently separate buildings, but in reality they clump together in one rather large, stubborn bolus.

condovo
2009-Aug-12, 17:16
There is/will be a pedestrian pathway through the courtyard of the building from Jarvis to George. Officially, at least. I like this project--materials, massing--but I'm disappointed by the way the balconies have been handled and am concerned about the cladding of the hi-rise. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Urban Shocker
2009-Aug-12, 17:27
Oh that's good news - the nearbye walkway through Market Square that frames the cathedral is a favourite of mine. These little mid-block downtown pedestrian ways are both charming and practical, and add layering akin to the network of lanes and back alleys in residential neighbourhoods - a city that's obvious at first glance but full of hidden surprises.

VDub
2009-Aug-15, 14:16
what, no love for this project VDub? :D



Nope... No love at all...

It may look nice but it's been a pain to build...

But.... Should only be there another month...

greenleaf
2009-Aug-16, 18:28
The "vu" from Panorama:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3533/3826151309_445408cc35.jpg

drum118
2009-Aug-17, 01:43
http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/aug/2009_08_15/IMG_aug-15-09-0104.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/aug/2009_08_15/IMG_aug-15-09-0109.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/aug/2009_08_15/IMG_aug-15-09-0100.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/aug/2009_08_15/IMG_aug-15-09-0099.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/aug/2009_08_15/IMG_aug-15-09-0098.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/aug/2009_08_15/IMG_aug-15-09-0093.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/aug/2009_08_15/IMG_aug-15-09-0075.jpg

detroitbootybass
2009-Aug-20, 16:24
Thanks for the latest photos, drum!

Marcanadian
2009-Aug-22, 15:17
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2589/3846098484_7d833ce6cd_b.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2607/3845353425_4b70d3d7d3_b.jpg

Redroom Studios
2009-Aug-22, 16:33
nice to see these different perspectives and also to see you posting images here again... many of these are going straight into my "Toronto" folder which I use as the source for my screen saver slideshow.

ProjectEnd
2009-Aug-28, 12:11
The "Glasshouse" is looking especially porous in that second shot...

udo
2009-Sep-04, 22:55
One day last year I came across a photo on flickr taken from the spire condo building, pointing east, and showing the V construction site. I contacted the photographer and asked if he would do me a favour and once in a while take a photo of the V as it is going up. His flickr user name is "ltdan (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ltdan/sets/72157603918534774/)" and he is now taking one picture at the end of every month. Below is a gif animation of the pictures he has taken so far.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2571/3875436836_52ce5d8fbb_o.gif

Build Up
2009-Sep-04, 23:52
That is so cool!! great idea thanks for posting it

Redroom Studios
2009-Sep-05, 11:59
yes, another very cool and creative presentation from you Udo! I like the way you chose to align the content of the images even when the perspective they were taken from changed!

smuncky
2009-Sep-05, 14:48
very cool indeed! thanks for that!

detroitbootybass
2009-Sep-07, 15:01
Nice!

VDub
2009-Sep-07, 21:45
Yah thanx for that...

So great to see my work go up like that...

drum118
2009-Sep-08, 16:17
Had no plans to be in this area at all this past weekend, but some how we did.
http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/sept/2009_09_05/IMG_sept-05-090143.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/sept/2009_09_05/IMG_sept-05-090160.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/sept/2009_09_05/IMG_sept-05-090162.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/sept/2009_09_05/IMG_sept-05-090164.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/sept/2009_09_05/IMG_sept-05-090165.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/sept/2009_09_05/IMG_sept-05-090171.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/sept/2009_09_05/IMG_sept-05-090522.jpg

neilm46
2009-Sep-08, 21:12
does anybody know the date of the first occupancy in the
north tower

ahmedyusali
2009-Sep-09, 02:42
this building deserve additional seven more floors to gain little bit hight because its location has a huge impact in the area even if you glance a far away this building has a good sight

CityPlaceN1
2009-Sep-09, 11:44
Great idea udo!

Solaris
2009-Sep-16, 00:24
The now topped off VU ~

http://i350.photobucket.com/albums/q438/Solaris_Metrogate/IMG_1591.jpg

drum118
2009-Sep-16, 21:34
http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/sept/2009_09_16/IMG_sept-16-09-0015.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/sept/2009_09_16/IMG_sept-16-09-0018.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/sept/2009_09_16/IMG_sept-16-09-0028.jpg

condovo
2009-Sep-16, 21:40
Stellar pics, drum. I`m very impressed that they`re painting the `wings`of Diamond Shmitt`s Regent Park building.

carturo15
2009-Sep-17, 17:49
those color glass panels, are they translucent? can you see outside from the interior?

VDub
2009-Sep-18, 21:52
those color glass panels, are they translucent? can you see outside from the interior?

Which ones are you talking about???

Redroom Studios
2009-Sep-18, 23:30
I think he's looking at the ones on the Regent Park development. And no - they are not translucent.

drum118
2009-Sep-21, 19:28
http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/sept/2009_09_20/IMG_sept-20-09-0064.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/sept/2009_09_20/IMG_sept-20-09-0065.jpg

VDub
2009-Sep-21, 22:52
We poured our last slab today. It was the mechanical roof..

Tomorrow, I start assembling the structural steel and glass peak feature...

Almost done!!!

yyzer
2009-Sep-21, 23:50
We poured our last slab today. It was the mechanical roof..

Tomorrow, I start assembling the structural steel and glass peak feature...

Almost done!!!

Hey VDub, congrats on a job well done!

Solaris
2009-Oct-02, 01:42
North Tower Elevations - Northeast, Northwest, West
Click to Enlarge Image
http://i350.photobucket.com/albums/q438/Solaris_Metrogate/th_IMG_1620.jpg (http://s350.photobucket.com/albums/q438/Solaris_Metrogate/IMG_1620.jpg) http://i350.photobucket.com/albums/q438/Solaris_Metrogate/th_IMG_1621.jpg (http://s350.photobucket.com/albums/q438/Solaris_Metrogate/IMG_1621.jpg) http://i350.photobucket.com/albums/q438/Solaris_Metrogate/th_IMG_1622.jpg (http://s350.photobucket.com/albums/q438/Solaris_Metrogate/IMG_1622.jpg)

South Tower Elevations - North, East
Click to Enlarge Image
http://i350.photobucket.com/albums/q438/Solaris_Metrogate/th_IMG_1623.jpg (http://s350.photobucket.com/albums/q438/Solaris_Metrogate/IMG_1623.jpg) http://i350.photobucket.com/albums/q438/Solaris_Metrogate/th_IMG_1624.jpg (http://s350.photobucket.com/albums/q438/Solaris_Metrogate/IMG_1624.jpg)

Looking at Vu in closer detail, I'm impressed by the variety in the coloured spanrdrels - powder green, dark green and white
Click to Enlarge Image
http://i350.photobucket.com/albums/q438/Solaris_Metrogate/th_IMG_1625.jpg (http://s350.photobucket.com/albums/q438/Solaris_Metrogate/IMG_1625.jpg) http://i350.photobucket.com/albums/q438/Solaris_Metrogate/th_IMG_1626.jpg (http://s350.photobucket.com/albums/q438/Solaris_Metrogate/IMG_1626.jpg)

Redroom Studios
2009-Oct-02, 01:56
thanks for all the detailed photo updates tonight Solaris!

drum118
2009-Oct-05, 02:14
http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/oct/2009_10_03/IMG_oct-03-09-0094.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/oct/2009_10_03/IMG_oct-03-09-0095.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/oct/2009_10_03/IMG_oct-03-09-0187.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/oct/2009_10_03/IMG_oct-03-09-0188.jpg

Redroom Studios
2009-Oct-05, 12:15
great pics! loved that one zooming in down Jarvis St!

BDurk
2009-Oct-05, 22:27
Thanks for these pics. They're really great and very helpful for those of us living at a great distance and unable to check on the progress in person. Very grateful for the time that you've all taken to do this.

drum118
2009-Oct-07, 19:59
http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/oct/2009_10_06/IMG_oct-06-09-0202.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/oct/2009_10_06/IMG_oct-06-09-0203.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/oct/2009_10_06/IMG_oct-06-09-0204.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/oct/2009_10_06/IMG_oct-06-09-0224.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/oct/2009_10_06/IMG_oct-06-09-0225.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/oct/2009_10_06/IMG_oct-06-09-0226.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/oct/2009_10_06/IMG_oct-06-09-0227.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/oct/2009_10_06/IMG_oct-06-09-0230.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/oct/2009_10_06/IMG_oct-06-09-0231.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/oct/2009_10_06/IMG_oct-06-09-0233.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/oct/2009_10_06/IMG_oct-06-09-0234.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/oct/2009_10_06/IMG_oct-06-09-0241.jpg

detroitbootybass
2009-Oct-08, 16:05
Thanks for the photo update, drum!

DSC
2009-Oct-08, 17:13
They have now removed the construction fences from both Adelaide and Richmond so I presume they hope to finish off at least these two sidewalks this year.

neilm46
2009-Oct-08, 17:23
What date are the first people moving in the North tower.

VDub
2009-Oct-13, 15:22
What date are the first people moving in the North tower.

LOL...

Last I heard was September 09...

HA

CityPlaceN1
2009-Oct-23, 12:12
I walked by yesterday and was surprised to see three townhouse units complete with patios facing Richmond. Who would want to live in a townhouse facing a busy street like Richmond? These units should have been retail or office.

VDub
2009-Oct-23, 19:11
I'M DONE!!!!!

Today was my last day and the crane should be coming down tomorrow weather permitting...

yyzer
2009-Oct-23, 23:37
Congrats VDub.....have you got a new site lined up yet? keep us posted...

VDub
2009-Oct-26, 10:33
Congrats VDub.....have you got a new site lined up yet? keep us posted...

I'm told I'll be at Tridel's Parc Nuvo in Etobicoke...

Not sure yet if I'll stay there...

But it is a lot closer to home...

udo
2009-Oct-26, 11:16
Vdub's crane has already been disassembled. The mobile (monster) crane seems to be pouring some concrete to fill the holes left behind.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2707/4046018265_2d58405f0a_b.jpg

Picture taken Saturday late afternoon by ltdan (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ltdan/4042739258/) from Spire Condo building.

Edward
2009-Oct-26, 11:26
Cool shot though I'm getting tired of the red brick/green glass combo.

BDurk
2009-Oct-26, 13:10
I like the way the building is looking. Much prefer the red brick, green glass combo to the sort of gold, more brown, plywood looking panels on the Spire. It's the only thing that distracts from that building's character. It looks like the windows are falling out of the building and being replaced by cardboard.

drum118
2009-Oct-27, 13:43
http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/oct/2009_10_25/IMG_oct-25-09-0331.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/oct/2009_10_25/IMG_oct-25-09-0332.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/oct/2009_10_25/IMG_oct-25-09-0344.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/oct/2009_10_25/IMG_oct-25-09-0346.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/oct/2009_10_25/IMG_oct-25-09-0351.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/oct/2009_10_25/IMG_oct-25-09-0356.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/oct/2009_10_25/IMG_oct-25-09-0359.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/oct/2009_10_25/IMG_oct-25-09-0357.jpg

VDub
2009-Oct-28, 14:25
Vdub's crane has already been disassembled. The mobile (monster) crane seems to be pouring some concrete to fill the holes left behind.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2707/4046018265_2d58405f0a_b.jpg

Picture taken Saturday late afternoon by ltdan (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ltdan/4042739258/) from Spire Condo building.

Thats an AWESOME shot...

Do you have any pics from that angle with my crane still on top???



And btw...

Looks like I'm doing a new building at the Erindale Campus in the Sauga...

MUCH closer to home...

Ramako
2009-Oct-28, 15:23
Thats an AWESOME shot...

Do you have any pics from that angle with my crane still on top???



And btw...

Looks like I'm doing a new building at the Erindale Campus in the Sauga...

MUCH closer to home...

How does the assignment process work VDub? Do you put in requests for specific projects or does the company consciously make an effort to put you close to home?

udo
2009-Oct-28, 17:17
Thats an AWESOME shot...
Do you have any pics from that angle with my crane still on top???


Go to ltdan's flickr set with photos taken from same angle once a month for the last two years:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ltdan/sets/72157603918534774/

VDub
2009-Oct-28, 20:28
How does the assignment process work VDub? Do you put in requests for specific projects or does the company consciously make an effort to put you close to home?

Sometimes yes and sometimes no...

I guilt tripped him into placing me in the west end for the next job...


God I just realized I shouldn't have said anything...

Now they'll change their minds and I'll end up in Scarborough... lol

Fingers crossed...

VDub
2009-Oct-28, 20:30
Go to ltdan's flickr set with photos taken from same angle once a month for the last two years:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ltdan/sets/72157603918534774/

Yes those are great pics but looks like he missed the September one...

I was hoping to get the finished roof with the crane on top...

Oh well...

udo
2009-Oct-29, 00:33
Yes those are great pics but looks like he missed the September one...

I was hoping to get the finished roof with the crane on top...

Oh well...

Here is a picture by PatrickHighrise taken from CN Tower on September 9. I found it at SkyscraperCity.com (http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=43469316&postcount=61) and did a bit of image processing to it. The resolution is not that good, but it does show the roof as it looked in September:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2788/4054827894_27fe2c103d_b.jpg


Another find is what drum118 posted here on October 7 (http://www.urbantoronto.ca/showpost.php?p=323258&postcount=659). I couldn't resist turning it into an HDR image. You might like it - construction everywhere and your red crane looking pretty good, towering over everything.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2789/4046985504_d11b02ed81_b.jpg

Are there any last pictures you took from up there?

VDub
2009-Oct-30, 16:29
WOW that is great...

The last pictures I took were of me lifting the steel beacon into place...

But I'm not very pic posting savvy and when I put them here, they're huge...

I may get someone to post them for me...

Thanx again....




Oh and btw... It turns out I did speak too soon after all on my next placement...

They're sending me to St. Joseph's Hospital in Hamilton for 2 weeks...

boooooooo

urbandreamer
2009-Oct-30, 21:29
VDub, here's a photo I shot looking down Jarvis out a car window on Sunday, 18th October 2009.

http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/8307/dsc00014c.jpg

TKTKTK
2009-Nov-02, 00:31
I think it's a sharp looking building! The drab green panels are an odd choice, but the white ones have got to go, they look so cheap and unfinished (like Spire's ugly plywood-yellow ones).

udo
2009-Nov-02, 01:18
I found the V on Google Earth thanks to a 3D model added there by wyliepoon (with the drab green replaced by a dreamy blue). I took a few snapshots. If you haven't already, you should give Google Earth a try. It's quite fun.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2608/4066744845_3e95bda27d_b.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2615/4066744163_b83a6b075b_b.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2683/4066743657_2906d84bb8_b.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2471/4066742993_eee5e9549f_b.jpg

Another thing to try would be the Street View (http://www.blogto.com/tech/2009/10/google_street_view_now_live_in_toronto/) feature in Google Maps. The "Google Car" captured all of Jarvis Street with its 360 camera (http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/industry/4232286.html). Here is how it looked like when they passed the V sometime in the early summer:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2654/4067567584_811717a536_b.jpg

urbandreamer
2009-Nov-02, 13:38
http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/1024/dsc00534rt.jpg

VDub
2009-Nov-02, 18:33
OK so thanx to Udo, I can post some pics of the beacon being hoisted and assembled...

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2753/4066325445_2474223ca3_o.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2631/4067073902_90bde963cc_o.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2793/4067074464_b8c5325415_o.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2602/4067073246_c05655cbb2_o.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2449/4066324399_033fc97d2c_o.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2434/4066324083_ae269b7f14_o.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2601/4066323473_1d4547e65c_o.jpg

And this is the view West from the Vu to go with all of the East pics of it...

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2687/4067071360_9abe3fa7f5_o.jpg

yyzer
2009-Nov-02, 20:35
that last shot is killer......thx VDub....:)

Redroom Studios
2009-Nov-03, 13:44
thanks guys for all the amazing recent contributions!

drum118
2009-Nov-07, 00:35
Riding the 504E to a meeting, I had some time to spare to take these shots after something caught my eye that I had to check out.
http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/nov/2009_11_06/IMG_nov-06-09-0172.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/nov/2009_11_06/IMG_nov-06-09-0174.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/nov/2009_11_06/IMG_nov-06-09-0175.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/nov/2009_11_06/IMG_nov-06-09-0176.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/nov/2009_11_06/IMG_nov-06-09-0181.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/nov/2009_11_06/IMG_nov-06-09-0186.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/nov/2009_11_06/IMG_nov-06-09-0188.jpg

whatever
2009-Nov-22, 10:17
The hoarding is down along Jarvis now (even tho the south tower is nowhere near closed in, and much of the balcony work is yet to be done), and it's not entirely bad. Nice lighting along the base, lots of windows looking onto the street, but only the one entrance so I'm not sure how much street interaction the base will offer. A major improvement over what was there at any rate.

SP!RE
2009-Nov-24, 15:33
Wow... even the mullions themselves scream "Cheap!". Darn :(

Urban Shocker
2009-Nov-24, 16:26
http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2009/nov/2009_11_06/IMG_nov-06-09-0181.jpg

So much going on, so darn nuanced and dithery. The precast "masonry", for instance, may be a reasonable facsimile of the 1827 Bank of Upper Canada across the street, but what's accomplished by it? Why break with how the identical two storey red brick bays on the rest of the building are done?

BDurk
2009-Nov-24, 16:34
I don't see any problem with how this is coming along. I like it and wish there was more of it.

Urban Shocker
2009-Nov-24, 16:46
The complexity of form is unnecessary, given the simplicity of use - condos. Had they opened up the site - like 18 Yorkville or Radio City, for instance - it would have felt less like a defensive compound.

Redroom Studios
2009-Nov-25, 10:36
BDurk, congrats on your purchase! Sounds like you'll have an amazing view - how high up are you? I think most of us here are quite pleased with this project as well - a great addition to the Adelaide / Jarvis intersection. (dont be put off by the above detractor)

udo
2009-Nov-25, 12:03
If you have a special interest in the progress of the window installation on the South Tower, these pictures, taken this morning with my mobile phone, are for you. At the NW corner they are now starting to work on the 19th floor. On the SW point they are still a little behind.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2678/4133059333_02e442cbf7_b.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2760/4133828184_6987277d1e_b.jpg

condovo
2009-Nov-25, 13:25
I like this project and always have. It responds well to a complex site, creates an engaging view terminus, is faced in good-quality brick, and has a pleasant, rhythmic spandrel motif. Looks great in person. Thanks for the pics.

Ramako
2009-Nov-25, 21:25
The complexity of form is unnecessary, given the simplicity of use - condos. Had they opened up the site - like 18 Yorkville or Radio City, for instance - it would have felt less like a defensive compound.

If I recall, it was their intent to literally make it a defensive compound. Rough neighbourhood, ya know...

BDurk
2009-Nov-27, 19:50
BDurk, congrats on your purchase! Sounds like you'll have an amazing view - how high up are you? I think most of us here are quite pleased with this project as well - a great addition to the Adelaide / Jarvis intersection. (dont be put off by the above detractor)

Thanks for the "congrats."We are located on the 17th Floor in the point. Very happy with how the building is coming along. Looking forward to the day we take occupancy and very happy with the choice we made.

Edward Skira
2009-Nov-29, 12:35
http://urbantoronto.ca/picoftheday/images/VuCondo.jpg

ratoronto
2009-Nov-29, 17:12
looking sweet! The new residents on this block will be great for this neighbourhood.

Redroom Studios
2009-Nov-30, 12:08
stunning view Ed! so when are we holding the big UT Gala at your place?

Edward Skira
2009-Nov-30, 12:17
Next week.

Redroom Studios
2009-Nov-30, 12:23
hmmmm, my invitation seems to have gone misplaced then...

Conrad Black
2009-Nov-30, 12:47
Mine is missing as well...

Solaris
2009-Nov-30, 13:12
none here either ~ :D

cdr108
2009-Nov-30, 13:27
make that 4 missing in the 'mail' .... :p

VDub
2009-Nov-30, 22:40
So much going on, so darn nuanced and dithery. The precast "masonry", for instance, may be a reasonable facsimile of the 1827 Bank of Upper Canada across the street, but what's accomplished by it? Why break with how the identical two storey red brick bays on the rest of the building are done?

No pre cast used...

All of the brick is individual pieces hand layed...

Urban Shocker
2009-Dec-01, 13:59
The "stonework" intended to simulate what the stonemasons applied to the 1827 Bank of Upper Canada building across the street is precast.

condovo
2009-Dec-01, 14:57
The "stonework" intended to simulate what the stonemasons applied to the 1827 Bank of Upper Canada building across the street is precast.

Maybe so but it looks great in person; some of the best precast I've seen yet with a depth of colour unmatched anywhere.

ganjavih
2009-Dec-01, 16:13
Wow, US finds this to be too busy and fussy. OK, 1 St. Thomas I can understand... but this? I wonder what kind of a world US would like to live in...

http://bnp.org.uk/files/2009/09/commie-blocks03.jpg

Urban Shocker
2009-Dec-01, 16:30
Vu's overworked, defensive compound is a better class of London on the Esplanade, that's all. Dithery bits - the faux-Bank-of-Upper-Canada-masonry which breaks with the rest of the building - is tokenism to no avail.

B+ for bust-a-gut effort.

BDurk
2009-Dec-01, 16:57
I for one am shocked. I mean can you imagine? Having to live in a building with pre cast brick! What is this world coming to? ......It looks good to me. Very happy with the progress. :)

khristopher
2009-Dec-07, 07:47
http://www.dcnonl.com/images/archivesid/36622/110.jpg
WILLIAM CONWAY/PROGRESS PHOTOGRAPHY

Construction moving along on V condo in Toronto (http://www.dcnonl.com/article/id36622)

Work continues on the V condominium/loft/townhouse project in Toronto. Owner/developer and general contractor Aspen Ridge Homes Ltd. has completion of the two-tower project scheduled for March 2010.

The project includes one 24-storey tower and one 15-storey tower connected by an eight-storey podium, with a total of 524 units. The project will also have a courtyard and retail on the ground floor.

The project was designed by Young & Wright Architects and Hariri Pontarini Architects.

Consultants are Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd. (structural); and MV Shore Associates (1993) Ltd. (mechanical/electrical).

Subcontractors include: B. Gottardo Construction Ltd. (excavating); Fourwinds Construction Inc. (site work); Anchor Shoring & Caissons Ltd.; Verdi Alliance (formwork); and ThyssenKrupp Elevator Ltd.

jmanitaros
2009-Dec-21, 17:08
While i've been reading various forums on UrbanToronto for quite a while now, i've finally signed up and am posting for the first time.

Love the building and the area and thinking about buying into the building. Other than the obvious (being in a different building), is there any differences between the North and South Tower? i.e. finishes

Were they originally charging a premium for purchasing in the south tower?

Thanks in advance for the feedback!

interchange42
2009-Dec-21, 17:18
Welcome to the forum, jmanitaros. Your questions are better suited to this building's thread in the Real Estate forum (http://urbantoronto.ca/showthread.php?t=7444), so I am copying your post there.

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detroitbootybass
2009-Dec-21, 20:49
Welcome, jmanitaros!

:)

greenleaf
2009-Dec-28, 21:34
Looking good at ground level. Let's see what goes in there. It looks like a pretty big space though. I like the Juliet balconies on the lower floors.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4059/4224069440_6687f7a127_b.jpg


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2675/4224073794_cfcd9c65a8_b.jpg


This is an interesting contrast to Regent Park One Oak: they both have similar ideas with the brick, glass, and spandrels to match the existing fabric of the neighbourhood.

maestro
2009-Dec-29, 01:47
The "stonework" intended to simulate what the stonemasons applied to the 1827 Bank of Upper Canada building across the street is precast.

but it ain't concrete if that is what you're implying

udo
2009-Dec-29, 17:52
Google has updated the Satellite imagery of downtown Toronto with images from August 31, 2009. Google Earth also lets you look at older satellite images. This captures how the former Goodwill site changed first into a Sales office with parking lot, then into a big hole and then finally into the V Condo building ...

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2543/4228683976_44e7ec4743_o.jpg (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2659/4226613334_d7f7b07c8f_o.jpg)
March 5, 2005

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4052/4228972032_3ca753dcf0_o.jpg (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4027/4228971980_dbbfa1f281_o.jpg)
This is the current satellite image from "bing".
Not sure when it was taken, but I assume summer 2006.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4018/4227916101_375403f2e1_o.jpg (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4053/4225844911_b2a05b70cb_o.jpg)
August 28, 2007

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2631/4228684024_073e1abf6a_o.jpg (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2547/4225844705_0a24424da5_o.jpg)
November 18, 2007

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2677/4227916057_28eda0b2cf_o.jpg (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4034/4225844825_ebfd3cf346_o.jpg)
August 31, 2009

tomms
2010-Jan-03, 13:19
views from ze top, adelaide/jarvis


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2535/4240675991_1d1332cf95_b.jpg

tomms
2010-Jan-06, 11:47
looking down Adelaide


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4042/4251397716_7124f163b8_o.jpg

.

Edward
2010-Jan-06, 12:05
Great shots and great views for those facing west.

jmanitaros
2010-Jan-06, 12:20
Fantastic view. I'm assuming that is from the south tower? What floor?

thanks

GraceCondos
2010-Jan-06, 13:49
Tomms - Stunning photos! I wish I had the time to practice and get as good as you!

drum118
2010-Jan-21, 17:14
j
http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2010/jan/2010_01_20/IMG_jan-20-10-0060.jpg

http://davidfisher.biz/photo/2010/jan/2010_01_20/IMG_jan-20-10-0061.jpg

udo
2010-Jan-26, 12:43
I thought I give the new video feature a try by re-posting my time-lapse video from last year ...


http://www.vimeo.com/5058723

condovo
2010-Jan-26, 12:50
Beautiful.

detroitbootybass
2010-Jan-26, 15:33
I've always loved that video!

:)

Redroom Studios
2010-Jan-27, 00:30
yep, great to see that again Udo ! an absolute work of art with a great musical selection!

Avenue4
2010-Jan-31, 15:26
Does anyone have the floorplan for the SW corner unit (the one that is in the "peak" triangular thing that points straight down Adelaide)? It isn't on the VU website anymore (because I'm assuming it is sold out). I believe it was 2bd+den

detroitbootybass
2010-Feb-01, 15:56
Does anyone have the floorplan for the SW corner unit (the one that is in the "peak" triangular thing that points straight down Adelaide)? It isn't on the VU website anymore (because I'm assuming it is sold out). I believe it was 2bd+den

I used to... but a massive hardrive failure caused me to lose that and all the data on that one drive - sorry.

udo
2010-Feb-03, 15:49
Does anyone have the floorplan for the SW corner unit (the one that is in the "peak" triangular thing that points straight down Adelaide)? It isn't on the VU website anymore (because I'm assuming it is sold out). I believe it was 2bd+den

Condo or Penthouse?

South Tower 1-Bedroom 1205 sq ft condo (http://vuliving.ca/pdf2/1205.pdf)
South Tower 2-Bedroom 2295 sq ft penthouse (http://vuliving.ca/pdf2/sph2-2.pdf)

Solaris
2010-Feb-03, 17:46
holy smokes .... 1205 sq.ft. 1 bedroom+den suites ?? didn't realise those were still being built ..... it is certainly a sharp contrast to the 600 sq.ft. 1B+D suites typical nowadays

morocha
2010-Feb-04, 15:48
holy smokes .... 1205 sq.ft. 1 bedroom+den suites ?? didn't realise those were still being built ..... it is certainly a sharp contrast to the 600 sq.ft. 1B+D suites typical nowadays

1,200 sq. ft. are all the units 06 in the south tower

morocha
2010-Feb-04, 16:00
Udo your pictures are sensational. Please give us more pictures now that the South tower is almost finish!!
Thank you

cdr108
2010-Feb-04, 22:49
holy smokes .... 1205 sq.ft. 1 bedroom+den suites ?? didn't realise those were still being built ..... it is certainly a sharp contrast to the 600 sq.ft. 1B+D suites typical nowadays


this unit would have been better laid out as 2 bedroom suite ... in some cases it would be called as much, since the den is big enough with a closet and hopefully has glass sliding doors.

also, i don't believe the floorplate of the suite with the angles, long hallways, etc would be as conducive as 2 smaller 600 sq ft. 1B units.

drewp
2010-Feb-04, 23:28
udo......great video.

Can you please tell the name of the song and artist. I absolutely loved it!

udo
2010-Feb-04, 23:48
udo......great video.

Can you please tell the name of the song and artist. I absolutely loved it!

Greg Laswell: Days Go On .... http://greglaswell.com/

dt_toronto_geek
2010-Feb-07, 20:09
Vu this evening from my POV (just beyond the Primrose Hotel on the left)

Click on the thumbnail to enlarge, then click again on the image for full size.

http://i770.photobucket.com/albums/xx341/scullydog259/th_Vu_Feb7-10.jpg (http://s770.photobucket.com/albums/xx341/scullydog259/Vu_Feb7-10.jpg)

Redroom Studios
2010-Feb-07, 23:53
great view down Jarvis St! and just for the record, the fact that Sarah Palin has an audience scares the hell out of me!

udo
2010-Feb-21, 12:22
I hope you don't mind the fisheye distortion and the grey clouds of these pictures taken yesterday.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4053/4375494257_0ebc71a840_b.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4024/4376247074_bec525e5e5_b.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4046/4376251580_954ff2b30c_b.jpg

GraceCondos
2010-Feb-21, 12:30
Stunning shots!!!

KA1
2010-Feb-21, 12:59
Udo, stunning pictures. If you can, please take pictures of other projects -- especially AURA -- and post them.

Once again, stunning pictures. Many thanks.

Redroom Studios
2010-Feb-21, 13:50
very cool shots! I especially like the one looking up from the courtyard!

TOfan696
2010-Feb-21, 14:38
I went by the base of the tower the other day and noticed alot of wear and tear already on the ground floors - the worst case was that the columns paint was already buckling and peeling off - hopefully some touch ups occur

ganjavih
2010-Feb-21, 23:41
Stunning shots, Udo. The grey clouds actually add to the mood of the photos.

Urban Shocker
2010-Feb-22, 15:04
Yes, such drama - they're images where the weather is almost as important as the building, and the distortion is very expressive. Though the diffused light is close to ideal for capturing architectural details, the clouds may be casting shadows on some parts of the building more than on others, which also adds to the mood.

detroitbootybass
2010-Feb-22, 15:52
Sweet photos!

grey
2010-Feb-22, 17:45
Outstanding photos, udo!

udo
2010-Feb-23, 18:49
Udo, stunning pictures. If you can, please take pictures of other projects -- especially AURA -- and post them.

Once again, stunning pictures. Many thanks.

I just noticed a great posting regarding the Aura by ethervizion (http://urbantoronto.ca/content.php?172-Aura-Residences-of-College-Park-III). On his flickr site (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ethervizion/sets/72157623163464564/) he is publishing time-lapse movies about the ongoing construction of AURA taken from high above (probably from the Penrose building). I don't think it can get any better than that.

interchange42
2010-Feb-24, 15:41
I'll chime in with a 'thanks' too, Udo, and with more encouragement to do the same for some other projects in town!

Meanwhile, I am pretty sure that Ethervision's time-lapse photos of Aura come from RoCP2.

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condovo
2010-Feb-27, 06:12
He gave it an A- which I agree with.

http://www.yourhome.ca/homes/columnsblogs/article/771041--aging-neighbourhood-rediscovered