Cityzen Development Group and Fernbrook HomesWaterlink at Pier 27 has been drawing a lot of attention on Queens Quay just east of Yonge, both for its creative design and for the impressive scaffolds temporarily being used to clad the underside of the project’s distinctive skybridges. The twin 3-storey bridges group the four architectsAlliance-designed 11-storey slabs into two pairs, and their cladding and interior outfitting are two of the final few major tasks left to complete before construction crews move out and residents move in.

Waterlink at Pier 27 Cityzen Fernbrook Homes architectsAlliance TorontoWaterlink at Pier 27 viewed from Yonge and Queens Quay, image by Jack Landau

Cladding installation has progressed very far on the eastern skybridge, with the clear glass and seafoam green spandrels of the curtain wall now sealing off the bridge’s interior from the elements. The next step for the eastern bridge will be the installation of a latticework of formed white aluminum banding to be applied to the exterior of the glazing. This pattern will align with the diagonals of the underlying structural steel frame which many of us have grown fond of over the course of construction.

Waterlink at Pier 27 Cityzen Fernbrook Homes architectsAlliance TorontoPier 27's eastern bridge, image by Jack Landau

With the scaffold now in place between the two western towers, cladding is set to begin on the west skybridge. The glazing for this bridge is expected to be similar but not identical to the east bridge, and both will be finished in the same exterior aluminum banding.

Waterlink at Pier 27 Cityzen Fernbrook Homes architectsAlliance TorontoPier 27's western bridge and towers, image by Jack Landau

Smaller scaffolds have been erected beneath the bridges’ cantilevered end sections, serving the same purpose as the larger main scaffolds.

Waterlink at Pier 27 Cityzen Fernbrook Homes architectsAlliance TorontoSmaller scaffold beneath cantilevered bridge section, image by Jack Landau

Balcony glass is fully installed on the three towers to the east, while the westernmost tower is still awaiting much of its balcony glazing.

Waterlink at Pier 27 Cityzen Fernbrook Homes architectsAlliance TorontoWesternmost tower awaiting balcony glass, image by Jack Landau

The development’s eastern wall sitting adjacent to the Redpath Sugar refinery is looking essentially complete, with the slate brick finished lower portion and upper reinforced concrete section providing a unique buffer between the residential building and the adjacent industrial waterfront uses.

Waterlink at Pier 27 Cityzen Fernbrook Homes architectsAlliance TorontoEastern wall facing the Redpath Sugar refinery, image by Jack Landau

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