Empire Communities has topped off the North Tower, their 26-storey first phase, at Beyond The Sea, a condominium complex on Lake Shore Boulevard west of Park Lawn Road in the Etobicoke Waterfront area. The complex, designed by E.I. Richmond Architects, will feature two more towers, of 37 and 44 storeys, rising above a 4 storey podium when complete.

Eventually Beyond the Sea will look like this:

Beyond the Sea Condominiums Toronto by Empire CommunitiesBeyond the Sea Condominiums, Rendering by E.I. Richmond Architects

But in the meantime, celebrations to mark the Topping Off started with a barbeque lunch this past Friday - thankfully indoors to avoid the early day rain - to mark the milestone! 

Beyond the Sea Condominiums Toronto by Empire CommunitiesTopping Off Celebration Barbeque Lunch, Photo by Craig White

Beyond the Sea Condominiums Toronto by Empire CommunitiesTopping Off Celebration Barbeque Lunch, Photo by Craig White

From the ground floor site of the party, one can see into the pit where the third phase, the 44-storey Star Tower, is being built: 

Beyond the Sea Condominiums Etobicoke by Empire CommunitiesStar Tower, Photo by Craig White

Beyond the Sea Condominiums Toronto by Empire CommunitiesStar Tower, Photo by Craig White

Beyond the Sea Condominiums Etobicoke by Empire CommunitiesStar Tower, Photo by Craig White

Soon, it was time to hop into the construction hoists to ascend to the 23rd floor for the ceremony: 

Beyond the Sea Condominiums Etobicoke by Empire CommunitiesHeading to the 23rd Floor, Photo by Craig White

Beyond the Sea Condominiums Toronto by Empire CommunitiesHeading to the 23rd Floor, Photo by Craig White

Beyond the Sea Condominiums Toronto by Empire CommunitiesHeading to the 23rd Floor, Photo by Craig White

Beyond the Sea Condominiums Etobicoke by Empire CommunitiesTopping Off Ceremony, Photo by Craig White

Amongst Empire's management and partners pictured above, are executives Andrew Guizzetti, Paul Golini Sr., Dan Guizetti and Paul Golini Jr., pictured here:

Beyond the Sea Condominiums Toronto by Empire CommunitiesAndrew Guizzetti, Paul Golini Sr., Dan Guizetti and Paul Golini Jr.

The views from Beyond The Sea, maybe unsurprisingly, are spectacular. They include views over the lush Humber Bay Parks at the mouth of the Mimico Creek across to Toronto's Skyline: 

Beyond the Sea Condominiums Etobicoke by Empire CommunitiesHumber Bay Parks towards Toronto Skyline, Photo by Craig White

Beyond the Sea Condominiums Toronto by Empire CommunitiesHumber Bay Parks towards Toronto Skyline, Photo by Craig White

Beyond the Sea Condominiums, Empire Communities, EtobicokeHumber Bay Parks towards Toronto Skyline, Photo by TheAlmightyFuzzy

Beyond the Sea Condominiums Toronto by Empire CommunitiesHumber Bay Parks towards Toronto Skyline, Photo by Craig White

Here's the Star Tower site from above: 

Beyond the Sea Condominiums Toronto by Empire CommunitiesStar Tower Site, Photo by Craig White

The South Tower will rise to 37 storeys: 

Beyond the Sea Condominiums Etobicoke by Empire CommunitiesThe South Tower, Photo by Craig White

South and west from the complex you can see Marina Del Rey and Grand Harbour. 

Beyond the Sea Condominiums Toronto by Empire CommunitiesMarina Del Rey and Grand Harbour, Photo by Craig White

From the ground, the same set of buildings currently look like this: 

Beyond the Sea Condominiums Etobicoke by Empire CommunitiesBeyond the Sea Condo Complex, Photo by Craig White

Beyond the Sea Condominiums Etobicoke by Empire CommunitiesBeyond the Sea Condo Complex, Photo by Craig White

Beyond the Sea Condominiums Etobicoke by Empire CommunitiesBeyond the Sea Condo Complex, Photo by Craig White

The courtyard of the complex on Legion Road will feature a large waterfall in the centre upon completion: 

Beyond the Sea Condominiums Toronto by Empire CommunitiesCourtyard, Photo by Craig White

This view is from Humber Bay Park West, across Lake Shore Boulevard from the project:

Beyond the Sea Condominiums Toronto by Empire CommunitiesView from Humber Bay Park West, Photo by Craig White

2010-07-26 01:18:28