The lower St. Lawrence neighbourhood's latest condo tower, Market Wharf by Context Development, has reached a milestone in its construction phase. The construction crane has been taken down from the tower's 33-storey rooftop, which means that the heavy lifting on this architectsAlliance-designed building is completed and it won't be long before units are move-in ready. Market Wharf's podium is already occupied with retail. A Shopper's Drug Mart outlet has been open for some time now on the north end of the ground level. 

Market Wharf a few weeks before the crane came down. Shopper's Drug Mart on the corner, open for business:

Market Wharf, Toronto Condos, Context Development, architectsAllianceMarket Wharf, image by Jack Landau

Good view of the northwest side of Market Wharf's podium as seen from the corner of Market and Wilton Streets:

Market Wharf, Toronto Condos, Context Development, architectsAllianceMarket Wharf, image by Jack Landau

Market Wharf's design was inspired by its proximity to the waterfront (hence the name Market Wharf) and is evident in the wave-like balcony treatments that adorn its east and west façades. The balconies provide an interesting, fluid look to the tower and break from the familiar glass-box balconies commonly seen in other condo developments. At street level, the brown brick materials chosen for the podium echo the colours found in the nearby historic St. Lawrence Market and the existing residential buildings that line The Esplanade, and help the new structure blend in with its surroundings. 

Wave-inspired balconies of Market Wharf:

Market Wharf, Toronto Condos, Context Development, architectsAllianceMarket Wharf, image by Jack Landau

Looking north from Jarvis and Queens Quay we get a really good view of the undulating structure of Market Wharf's balconies. The balconies of the south and north sides are visually interesting too, with an angular off-centre design.

Market Wharf, Toronto Condos, Context Development, architectsAllianceMarket Wharf, image by Jack Landau

Market Wharf as seen from the Gardiner Expressway on-ramp:

Market Wharf, Toronto Condos, Context Development, architectsAllianceMarket Wharf, image by Jack Landau

From his perspective in the Distillery District, Forum member Razz has been able to capture a wide swath of the city, including Market Wharf. Here are his photos of the crane coming down. The red crane in the foreground was brought in specifically to remove the white and orange crane from Market Wharf's roof.

Market Wharf, Toronto Condos, Context Development, architectsAllianceMarket Wharf, image by Razz

Market Wharf, Toronto Condos, Context Development, architectsAllianceMarket Wharf, image by Razz

Market Wharf, Toronto Condos, Context Development, architectsAllianceMarket Wharf, image by Razz

Market Wharf joins a number of residential developments occurring in the St. Lawrence area, including The Berczy, the L Tower and the proposed 154 Front Street East

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