UrbanToronto recently got a chance to tour Burano, Lanterra Developments' towering new 50-storey condo project on Bay, with lots of interesting stops along the way. On the day of our visit the clouds were just clearing up, so we'll start with a couple shots by other Forum members to remind you of how the sleek architectsAlliance-designed project looks from the south along Bay Street.

Evening shot north along Bay to Burano condos Toronto, by Lanterra DevelopmentsEvening shot north along Bay to Burano condos, image by thedeepend

Burano condos Toronto, by Lanterra DevelopmentsHeritage podium with skyscraping glass tower of Burano condos, image by Drum118

So let's go inside.

Lobby of Burano condos Toronto, by Munge Leung for Lanterra DevelopmentsThe lobby at Burano features free-form pillars, image by Craig White

The lobby areas include a number of free-form pillars, alternately bulging and pinched. Interior designers Munge Leung will be applying the decorative surfaces and finishing touches in coming weeks. Below; elevators up.

Lobby of Burano condos Toronto, by Munge Leung for Lanterra DevelopmentsThe lobby at Burano features free-form pillars, image by Craig White

The second floor of the complex features loft suites with 10 foot high ceilings, and recreated heritage windows facing Bay Street. The original windows simply were not up to code, but preservation architects E.R.A. did an amazing job spec'ing out the replacements: double-pane, and with working centre openings, they look just like the originals. Finishing work has just started in this suite.

Loft in the heritage podium at Burano condos Toronto by Lanterra DevelopmentsLoft in the heritage podium at Burano features recreated windows, image by Craig White

Below, our host Sara peers out onto Bay Street.

Loft in the heritage podium at Burano condos Toronto by Lanterra DevelopmentsLoft in the heritage podium at Burano features recreated windows, image by Craig White

Heritage windows in the podium at Burano condos Toronto by Lanterra DevelopmentsLoft in the heritage podium at Burano features recreated windows, image by Craig White

Let's go up a floor to the top of the podium where the building's common amenities are located.

Common amenities under construction at Burano condos Toronto, by LanterraFuture lounge and dining areas at Burano condos, image by Craig White

Above, we are looking through areas where the substrate for the floor of the lounge and dining rooms is just being finished. Below, across the hall we see work underway in the men's changeroom: two cutouts in a marble counter will hold sinks.

Common amenities under construction at Burano condos Toronto, by LanterraFuture sinks in the men's change room at Burano condos, image by Craig White

Connected to the changerooms is the fitness centre, where the workout machines have already arrived.

Common amenities under construction at Burano condos Toronto, by LanterraThe machines are in at fitness centre at Burano condos, image by Craig White

Down the hall, the building's new home theatre is just starting to take shape.

Common amenities under construction at Burano condos Toronto, by LanterraThe home movie theatre will soon be kitted-out, image by Craig White

Outside the home theatre will be an internet lounge which overlooks Bay Street and the podium terrace. The canted windows – which can be glimpsed partially from Bay Street – can be seen fully here.

Common amenities under construction at Burano condos Toronto, by LanterraThe internet lounge will look out over Bay Street and the podium terrace, image by Craig White

Outside, the terrace faces south, looking down the growing Bay Street canyon. Ahead of us are four giant planters with enough earth in them to support quite large trees. To the right is a temporary tarp structure hiding the pool while it is finished.

Common amenities under construction at Burano condos Toronto, by LanterraThe terrace at Burano condos with giant planters and the pool under the tarp, image by Craig White

Finials running along the podium's parapet wall are visible. A glass screen will bring keep terrace users back from the edge.

Common amenities under construction at Burano condos Toronto, by LanterraParapet wall along the Bay Street side of the podium, image by Craig White

We head a couple of floors up now, taking a peek at what some of the suite balconies look like facing Bay Street.

Balcony with a Bay Street view at Burano condos Toronto, by Lanterra DevelopmentBay Street balcony facing north, image by Craig White

Above, one really feels part of action on Bay Street on the lower floors. Below; the curve on Bay just north of College provides a direct view south to the financial core.

Balcony with a Bay Street view at Burano condos Toronto, by Lanterra DevelopmentBay Street balcony facing south, image by Craig White

Below, we ride the mid-rise elevators to the top, and pop out to inspect a suite. PDIs are taking place for some suites on lower floors, and the first occupancies are expected mid-June. (The suite pictured below is not ready for its PDI yet.)

Suite interior at Burano condos, Toronto, by Lanterra DevelopmentsSuite interior halfway up the building, image by Craig White

Time to take the high-rise elevators all the way to the top. Things aren't quite so complete on the 50th floor.

Finishing work has started on a penthouse suite at Burano condos TorontoFinishing work has started on a penthouse suite at Burano, image by Craig White

Images above and below show that there is still much more work to be done at the top of the building. The views are good to go though…

Finishing work has started on a penthouse suite at Burano condos TorontoFinishing work has started on a penthouse suite at Burano, image by Craig White

The railings on the projecting ends of the balconies up and down the northwest and (here) southeast corners of the building have yet to be completed. The engineering of these portions is especially robust owing to their exposure, so they will be finished together in one sweep up each elevation. If we could have gotten closer to the edge to give you a view from that perch we would have, but safety concerns say otherwise until the railing and glazing is in!

Penthouse balcony view of Toronto's core from Burano condos Toronto by LanterraPenthouse balcony view of Toronto's core, image by Craig White

Time to climb again - where few will get to. Welcome to the roof, and Burano's mechanical penthouse.

Mechanical penthouse at Burano condos Toronto, by Lanterra DevelopmentsBurano's mechanical penthouse from the southwest corner, image by Craig White

Above: the southern half is exposed to the elements, while you can see the north end screening at left.

Mechanical penthouse at Burano condos Toronto, by Lanterra DevelopmentsArms for the window washing unit sit atop Burano, image by Craig White

Anchors are in place around the perimeter to allow window washing units to be suspended around the building's façades.

Mechanical penthouse at Burano condos Toronto, by Lanterra DevelopmentsBurano's mechanical penthouse from the southwest corner, image by Craig White

The north half of the mechanical penthouse is screened by glazing. Below we see the bottom of an evaporator unit, part of the HVAC system, hidden behind the screen. The units rest on springs which isolate vibrations from the floors below.

Mechanical penthouse at Burano condos Toronto, by Lanterra DevelopmentsHVAC system evaporators are hidden inside the mechanical penthouse, image by Craig White

Materials await installation behind the screen.

Mechanical penthouse at Burano condos Toronto, by Lanterra DevelopmentsHalf of Burano's mechanical penthouse is screened by external glazing, image by Craig White

And the views from up here? The north, dominated by the Manulife Centre and the new Four Seasons Hotel and Residences behind it.

View of Toronto from the top of Burano condos by Lanterra DevelopmentsNorthward view from the top of Burano condos, image by Craig White

Dramatic skies to the west enhance a view over University Avenue to Humber Bay and beyond.

View of Toronto from the top of Burano condos by Lanterra DevelopmentsWestward view from the top of Burano condos, image by Craig White

To the south, the Residences of College Park dominate the foreground while the financial core makes an impressive backdrop.

View of Toronto from the top of Burano condos by Lanterra DevelopmentsSouthward view from the top of Burano condos, image by Craig White

Located on Bay just north of College it's no surprise that there is so much to see out the windows of Burano…

…but there's starting to be something to see much farther down in the building too, and I think I've saved the best for last.

Burano condo's atrium, Toronto, by Lanterra DevelopmentsBurano's north end atrium, image by Craig White

Back at ground level Burano's north end consists of a huge glass atrium extending beyond the heritage podium, which presents a modern face to the corner of Bay and Grosvenor. Some UrbanToronto members have noticed work underway inside the atrium recently, and those familiar with the renderings of the project (which can be found on UrbanToronto's dataBase page for the project, linked at the bottom) know that a huge artwork is now being installed. Milan-based Sandro Martini is the artist in question, and behind the scaffolding below a huge fresco is now being installed. With base layers already painted in Milan, the work will be finished here over the next couple of months. It's huge, and we have a peek of it for you another shot down.

Scaffolding in Burano condo's atrium, Toronto, by Lanterra DevelopmentsInside Burano's north end atrium, image by Craig White

The scope of Martini's work is barely hinted at in this photo: more layers of paint must still be applied, and naturally we are only showing you a small portion of it. The work will be specially lit, and the room will become – hopefully – a bistro, or similar, featuring one of the most engaging artworks in the city. Once all is complete the corner of Bay and Grosvenor will be floodlit at night by this energetic and exciting work, bringing a lot of life to a spot that has needed an injection of it.

Art by Sandro Martini in Burano condo's atrium, Toronto, by Lanterra DevelopmentA peek at Sandro Martini's huge fresco in Burano's north end atrium, image by Craig White

We will be back to look at progress on this major new public artwork to give you a much fuller idea of Martini's plan for it, and his methods.

In the meantime, whatever else you might want to know about Burano can likely be found by clicking on the links below. The dataBase link will take you to all of the renderings and all of the pertinent facts, while the Forum thread links will take you to the discussions of this standout structure. Let us know what you think of it all: comment here on in the threads!