Couture The Condominium by the Monarch Corporation has taken its place in the column of towers that now line Ted Rogers Way between Bloor Street East and Charles Street East. The Graziani & Corazza Architects-designed Couture ishas all of its exterior cladding up after reaching its 42-storey maximum height in the summer. Its neighbour is X The Condominium, which was completed in 2010. Although Couture is two storeys shorter than X, they appear to match each other in height. These two towers will soon be joined by the 49-storey X2, which is the sister project of X now under construction on the southwest corner of Jarvis and Charles. 

Photos below are from September:

Couture Condominiums, Toronto Condos, Monarch Corporation, Graziani & CorazzaCouture, image by Jack Landau

Couture Condominiums, Toronto Condos, Monarch Corporation, Graziani & CorazzaCouture, image by Jack Landau

These three developments have turned a shabby part of north Jarvis (Ted Rogers Way) into a desirable residential community, replacing derelict old low-rise commercial buildings and surface parking lots into a new vertical neighbourhood. When X2 is finished in 2013, the combined number of units will be over 1500 in all three buildings. 

Below is an image of how this part of the street looked in 2009. Notice the surface parking lot where Couture now stands (to the right of X) and the low-rise commercial building where X2 is being built (to the right of X).

Couture Condominiums, Toronto Condos, Monarch Corporation, Graziani & CorazzaTed Rogers Way in 2009, image by Google Earth

Looking down Selby Street at Couture and X. Nice view corridor here, however the proposal for a 52-storey condo for the property on the lower left corner of this photo at 592 Sherbourne Street will eventually block the X from this angle. 

Photos below are from December:

Couture Condominiums, Toronto Condos, Monarch Corporation, Graziani & CorazzaCouture, image by Atlantis

Couture Condominiums, Toronto Condos, Monarch Corporation, Graziani & CorazzaCouture, image by Atlantis

One thing is certain, this area is bound to see more development activity in the coming years. Being so close to two major transit lines makes this neighbourhood a hot spot for future activity.