Developers of the lot at the southeast corner of Gerrard Street West and Bay Street have applied to construct a 50-storey mixed-use tower, just west of the Delta Chealsea Hotel in Downtown Toronto. The tower would contain 26,070 square feet of retail space, 491,846 square feet of residential space for some 640 private dwellings, plus 333 parking spaces. We hear that the architecture is by RAW Design. UrbanToronto member Bayer provided us with images of the application.
The elevation drawing depicts a five-storey podium upon which three different segments of the tower will be constructed. The first 19-floor segment looks to have embedded balconies at intervals creating a spiralling effect around the tower. The second 17-floor segment will also contain balconies -- protruding ones -- but will reverse the direction of the spiral. This segment also appears to utilize a dark-coloured outer cladding material unlike the rest of the tower, and is also positioned assymmetrically, weighted to the east (assuming the elevation shown is the north one). The final segment features balconies spanning the breadth of the tower, thus discontinuing the spiral motif, and is capped off by an integrated mechanical penthouse. It is one very interesting building, that is for sure. Take a look for yourself below: