It has been a few months since we last checked in on MODGraywood and Five St. Joseph Developments’ FIVE Condos off of Yonge Street just north of Wellesley. In the time since our last visit, the development designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects with ERA Architects handling heritage aspects, has climbed to a height of roughly 25 storeys, approximately halfway towards its 48th and final residential floor.

FIVE Condos, Five St Joseph, MOD, Graywood, Hariri Pontarini, ERAFIVE rising into the downtown north skyline, image by Forum member antonove

The first panels of cladding appeared on FIVE a few months ago, and now much of the first few tower floors above the podium have been sealed off from the elements. Glazing and cladding will follow a theme with variations around the building, with FIVE's undulating balcony pattern to be the building's eventual signature on the skyline.

FIVE Condos, Five St Joseph, MOD, Graywood, Hariri Pontarini, ERAFIVE construction site, image by Forum member urbandreamer

The project also involves the restoration of several historic storefronts on Yonge Street, as well as the incorporation of a former warehouse building's facade on St. Joseph Street. Above, connection points where a buttress system once held up the heritage facade during earlier stages of construction can still be seen. Below, work on the heritage stores on Yonge Street is underway. Hidden by tarped scaffolds on the Yonge Street side, work to restore the brick and some interior gutting can be seen from the St. Joseph Street side.

FIVE Condos, Five St Joseph, MOD, Graywood, Hariri Pontarini, ERAOngoing heritage restoration work at FIVE, image by Forum member urbandreamer

We will return to FIVE in the near future to chart further progress. In the meantime, additional information including building facts, renderings and floorplans can be found in our dataBase file, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out one of the associated Forum threads, or add your voice in the comments section provided at the bottom of this page.