It has been less than a week since we last took a look at One Bloor East, Great Gulf Homes' landmark high-rise condominium rising at Yonge and Bloor, but we just can't stay away from this one.

Work on the 75-storey, Hariri Pontarini-designed tower has recently progressed past the 6-storey podium, and work on the tower portion's first floor is well under way. The project continues to grow in height, but it is other recent developments on site that have taken our Forum by storm.

One Bloor East, Hariri Pontarini, Great Gulf Homes, Toronto, Cecconi SimoneOne Bloor East, image by urbandreamer

When we looked at One Bloor East last week, our readers were buzzing about the reflective curtain-wall cladding being applied to the podium section, specifically a convex section of glass hugging one of the podium's graceful curves. The high-quality glazing has been very well-recieved thus far, and to add to the excitement, today a section of concave glazing is now visible on the north side of the building's second floor.

One Bloor East, Hariri Pontarini, Great Gulf Homes, Toronto, Cecconi SimoneCladding on the north side of One Bloor East, image by Dumitru Onceanu

The building's exterior finishes, though still in their earliest stages, have drawn an overwhelmingly positive response. While the interest in this project is no doubt boosted by its final height, the early examples of the building's exterior finishes have been the main draw in recent weeks. In the image below, we take a closer look at the well-recieved first panel of concave glazing. In a city where so much seems to be built as inexpensively as possible, the rare curved glass at One Bloor is finding us happy to be seduced.

Concave glazing, One Bloor East, Hariri Pontarini, Great Gulf Homes, TorontoCladding on the north side of One Bloor East, image by Dumitru Onceanu

We will return to One Bloor East as construction continues to reveal new details. In the meanwhile, additional information and renderings can be found at the project's dataBase file, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum threads, or voice your opinion in the comments section provided at the bottom of this page.