We have been keeping a close eye on Aspen Ridge Homes’ Studio and Studio2 on Richmond over the past few months, as construction on the project continues to progress. The Quadrangle Architects-designed development is replacing Entertainment District parking lots with new residences, retail, a new OCAD U gallery, and even parking, this time underground. The project has grown quite a bit since our last visit only a month ago, and the first Studio tower is beginning to distinguish itself from the lower podiums, now making an impression from the east and west. 

Studio and Studio2 on Richmond Quadrangle Architects Aspen Ridge Homes TorontoStudio viewed from the west on Richmond Street, image by Jack Landau

The 31-storey Studio now stands 17 storeys above Richmond Street, and we are just starting to get an idea of how the stacked box design of the towers will look upon completion; an indented section is now visible just below the top floor.

Studio and Studio2 on Richmond Quadrangle Architects Aspen Ridge Homes TorontoStudio and Studio2 on Richmond, image by Forum member Red Mars

Over at the 41-storey Studio2, substantial concrete columns are now rising above grade as the ground floor takes shape at the corner of Nelson and Duncan.

Studio and Studio2 on Richmond Quadrangle Architects Aspen Ridge Homes TorontoGround floor columns rising at Studio2, image by Jack Landau

To the east of that on Nelson Street, the mid-rise south side building is clad in a much darker tone of precast concrete than the two shades used on the north side's Richmond Street frontage. The north and south side buildings will overlook an outdoor landscaped amenity space.

Studio and Studio2 on Richmond Quadrangle Architects Aspen Ridge Homes TorontoStudio's mid-rise south building, image by Jack Landau

Once complete, Studio and Studio2 will add a combined 762 condominium suites to the Entertainment District, a neighbourhood currently witnessing an historic vertical growth spurt. After construction on the project wraps up, much of the development's Richmond Street frontage will be handed over to OCAD University and be transformed into an art gallery showcasing work by OCAD U students.

Studio and Studio2 on Richmond Quadrangle Architects Aspen Ridge Homes TorontoStudio viewed from the west on Richmond Street, image by Jack Landau

Additional information including building facts, renderings and floorplans for Studio and Studio2 on Richmond can be found in our dataBase file, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Head over to one of the associated Forum threads, or voice your opinion in the comments section provided at the bottom of this page.