Lanterra Developments' Burano condominium at Bay and Grosvenor has slowly been inching skywards over the past couple months. As shown in these photos by UrbanToronto member Jasonzed, construction has certainly made significant headway, and the structure is beginning to really make its mark on the skyline, offset perfectly by Lanterra's sister development, Murano condominiums, which opened last year.
Inspired by luxurious Italian art and living, Burano's 48-storey unique parallelogram-shaped tower and gargantuan glass podium are designed by Peter Clewes, principal at architectsAlliance. The tower sits above the rebuilt facade of the 1925-built McLaughlin Motors building. E.R.A. Architects had planned to preserve the existing structure, but tests of underlying soil conditions showed that it would not survive intact while the tower was built beside it. The rebuilt structure will feature retail at ground level and lofts on its second floor. The following rendering shows the entire finished project. Note the wide front plaza and gallery-inspired lobby at the north end:
A quick image looking up Bay Street from the south, taken by UrbanToronto member caltrane74:
We can't wait to see the completed project!
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