A modern appendage to Darling & Pearson's Toronto General Hospital, the second phase of the MaRS complex will double the square footage of the research centre, providing a mix of office and lab space for both government and private use. Originally intended to be a clone of Adamson Associates' cool and precise 15-storey eastern wing, the success of the complex prompted Alexandria to increase the size of the second phase to accommodate increased demand. Redesigned by B+H Architects, the enlarged 20-storey tower resumed construction this year following its suspension after the financial collapse of 2008. The tower is composed of a series of irregularly placed projections that are articulated from the recessed façade using glass cladding of reduced transparency. Like the eastern wing, it will be joined to the award-winning heritage structure that formerly housed Toronto General Hospital. Thanks to our active Forum members, we have a quick photo update on the project.

MaRS Centre Phase 2, Toronto. Developed by Alexandria, designed by B+HThe project as viewd from the northwest corner of University Avenue and College Street, image by urbandreamer


MaRS Centre Phase 2, Toronto. Developed by Alexandria, designed by B+HA view of the tower from the north side of College Street, image by Forum member urbandreamer


MaRS Centre Phase 2, Toronto. Developed by Alexandria, designed by B+HLooking east towards University Avenue, image by urbandreamer


MaRS Centre Phase 2, Toronto. Developed by Alexandria, designed by B+HLooking north along University Avenue, image by Forum member MafaldaBoy

Captured by Forum member rdaner and taken from several stories up, the photo below provides greater context for the project amongst the thicket of towers around the intersection of University Avenue and College Street. The first phase of the MaRS Centre is visible directly in front of the new tower.

MaRS Centre Phase 2, Toronto. Developed by Alexandria, designed by B+HMaRS Phase II as seen from the east, image by Forum member rdaner.

Construction on the project is scheduled to be completed in the Fall of 2013. Below is a renderning of what the building will look like when finished.

MaRS Centre Phase 2, Toronto. Developed by Alexandria, designed by B+HRendering of MaRS Centre Phase II, image courtesy of B+H Architects

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