Nicholas Residences has experienced a great deal of growth since we last checked in with the project in late October 2013. At the time, construction on the 35-storey building, developed through a partnership between ALIT Developments and Urban Capital Property Group, was starting to pick up steam with the tower rising into the Bloor-Yorkville skyline. In the time since, the tower has topped-off and we are now seeing the addition of the exterior finishing touches that will characterize this sleek downtown high-rise. 

Nicholas Residences, Bloor Yorkville, Urban Capital, Core ArchitectsNicholas Residences, image by Jack Landau

The project, slated for completion later this year, is located just off of Yonge Street at St. Mary and St. Nicholas Streets, right in between the Bloor-Yorkville and Church-Wellesley neighbourhoods. Nicholas Residences reflects its surroundings in the aesthetics of its design. The building's downtown location is represented by the sleek and modern glass structure of the tower while the quaint nature of the side street is considered in the podium, its façade sheathed in the same bricks which clad the planing mill which once stood on this site. Underneath the bricks is an entirely new structure, with modern, energy efficient windows created to exactly replicate the look of the original windows of the mill.

This juxtaposition between old and new, the work of heritage specialists Goldsmith Borgal Architects and modernists Core Architects, will certainly help to highlight Nicholas Residences in the Bloor-Yorkville skyline, but also meshes well with the cobblestone-paved, mature-tree-lined St. Nicholas Street that it graces.

Nicholas Residences, Bloor Yorkville, Urban Capital, Core ArchitectsBrick-clad base of Nicholas Residences, image by Jack Landau

Nicholas Residences, Bloor Yorkville, Urban Capital, Core ArchitectsNicholas Residences' St. Mary Street ground level frontage, image by Jack Landau

Nicholas Residences, Bloor Yorkville, Urban Capital, Core ArchitectsNicholas Residences viewed from Charles Street east of Yonge, image by Jack Landau

Located just south of the luxurious Yorkville neighbourhood, Nicholas Residences will boast top-of-the-line amenities that are characteristic of residential developments in that area. When construction, being carried out by Tucker HiRise Construction, is completed, the Residences will house a cinema-style screening room, a gym and a party room complete with billiards. The interior designer, Cecconi Simone, has also included a luxurious private lounge with a roof deck that covers the podium.   

Nicholas Residences, Bloor Yorkville, Urban Capital, Core ArchitectsTop half of Nicholas Residences, image by Jack Landau

Nicholas Residences will see completion later this year. To find out more about the project visit UrbanToronto's dataBase file, linked below. You can discuss the project in the associated Forum threads or leave a comment below.