At the intersection of Jarvis and Charles, X2 Condominiums is now in the process of topping off with structural work being completed on the mechanical penthouse above the 49th storey. The Wallman Architects-designed condominium tower by Lifetime Developments and Great Gulf Homes is making a big impact along with its sister development X Condominiums, but it is activity at the building's ground level that has caught our attention this week.

X2 Condominiums, Lifetime, Great Gulf Homes, Wallman Architects, TorontoX2 (right) and X (left), image by Jack Landau

This week, X2's public art installation was put in place in front of the building's 8-storey podium. Double Take, by artist Shayne Dark, features a collection of deep blue poles positioned at various angles, reaching north towards Dark's Double Vision sculpture which is located in front of X2's elder sister, X Condominiums. 

X2 Condominiums, Lifetime, Great Gulf Homes, Wallman Architects, Toronto'Double Take' in front of X2 Condos (left) and 'Double Vision' in front of X (right), image by Jack Landau

Double Take's ten blue poles have been bent, distorted and cut, all taking a slightly different shape and angle.

X2 Condominiums, Lifetime, Great Gulf Homes, Wallman Architects, TorontoShayne Dark's 'Double Take' in front of X2 Condos, image by Jack Landau

Like the existing installation in front of X to the north Double Take is an abstract interpretation of the barren trees and lake-smoothed driftwood commonly found in Canadian nature.

X2 Condominiums, Lifetime, Great Gulf Homes, Wallman Architects, TorontoShayne Dark's 'Double Take' in front of X2 Condos, image by Jack Landau

Construction of the 557-unit condominium tower is pushing into its late stages, and it won't be too much longer until the first residents begin to occupy the lower floors and retail moves in to the ground floor, adding even more vitality and life to Jarvis Street.

X2 Condominiums, Lifetime, Great Gulf Homes, Wallman Architects, TorontoX and X2, viewed from Bloor east of Ted Rogers Way, image by Jack Landau

For additional information, including renderings and floor plans, visit X2'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.