About a half dozen floors from topping off along Yonge Street is FIVE Condos by MODGraywood and Five St. Joseph Developments. The development combines a 48-storey condominium tower designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects with the brick façade of 5 St. Joseph Street, a former warehouse, along with the restoration of several historic storefronts on Yonge Street. The heritage element work has been overseen by specialist consultants ERA Architects.

FIVE Condos, MOD, Graywood, Hariri Pontarini Architects, ERA, TorontoFIVE Condos viewed from St. Joseph Street, image by Craig White

Construction work on the tower has been moving quickly, and the building's concrete structure is now approaching its final height of 161 metres/528 feet.

FIVE Condos, MOD, Graywood, Hariri Pontarini Architects, ERA, TorontoFIVE Condos viewed from Yonge Street, image by Jack Landau

FIVE's exterior cladding has been very favourably received on the UrbanToronto Forum since the first panels of curtain wall glazing went up earlier this year. Glazing now reaches over one third of the way up the tower, and the dark glass—with some sections featuring horizontal white accent strips—continues to impress.

FIVE Condos, MOD, Graywood, Hariri Pontarini Architects, ERA, TorontoWest facade of FIVE Condos, image by Jack Landau

FIVE's defining aesthetic feature will come in the form of undulating balconies which together will create a wave effect on the tower's north, east and west facades. The effect is currently only noticeable for trained eyes, but once the balconies are outfitted with cladding, the striking wave patterns will be apparent.

FIVE Condos, MOD, Graywood, Hariri Pontarini Architects, ERA, TorontoBalcony effect awaiting cladding on FIVE Condos, image by Jack Landau

At ground level, restoration and incorporation of the development's historic façade and multiple heritage storefronts continues to make progress. 

FIVE Condos, MOD, Graywood, Hariri Pontarini Architects, ERA, TorontoGround level at FIVE viewed from the east side of Yonge, image by Jack Landau

The storefronts are still largely obscured by a scaffold and black netting, but a portion of one of the restored buildings is now visible on St. Joseph.

FIVE Condos, MOD, Graywood, Hariri Pontarini Architects, ERA, TorontoGround level at FIVE viewed from the north side of St. Joseph, image by Jack Landau

Inside these buildings, restoration work continues as crews prepare these future retail spaces for tenants.

FIVE Condos, MOD, Graywood, Hariri Pontarini Architects, ERA, TorontoInside one of the historic storefronts, image by Jack Landau

Over on the west side of the ground floor, new bricks are being installed on the facade facing St. Nicholas Street, a quiet laneway which will be activated by street-facing retail.

FIVE Condos, MOD, Graywood, Hariri Pontarini Architects, ERA, TorontoBrick installation on the ground floor's west side, image by Jack Landau

Once completed, residents of FIVE's 539 units will have access to a wide range of amenity spaces designed by Cecconi Simone in keeping with the building's modern-insertion-into-industrial-loft aesthetic. Amongst the facilities will be a gym, roof deck, party room and sauna.

FIVE Condos, MOD, Graywood, Hariri Pontarini Architects, ERA, TorontoFIVE Condos viewed from the west, image by Craig White

Additional information including building facts, renderings and floor plans 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 speak up using the comments section provided at the bottom of this page.