It has been a few months since we last checked in on the construction progress of FIVE Condos, a 48-storey condominium development at Yonge and St. Joseph by developers MODGraywood and Five St. Joseph Developments. In the meantime, concrete has been poured for the final residential floors as well as the mechanical penthouse above, and the Hariri Pontarini Architects-designed tower is now essentially topped off at its final height of 161 metres, or 528 feet.

FIVE Condos, MOD, Graywood, Hariri Pontarini Architects, ERA ArchitectsFIVE Condos viewed from the west on St. Joseph Street, image by Jack Landau

UrbanToronto Forum member, Benito, has been sharing his shots of the tower since moving in to his penthouse unit at The Uptown Residences, located a few blocks to the north on Yonge. From Benito's vantage point, we can clearly see the pitched roof of FIVE angling upwards and terminating at the building's east façade.

FIVE Condos, MOD, Graywood, Hariri Pontarini Architects, ERA ArchitectsView of FIVE from a penthouse at The Uptown, image by Forum contributor Benito

Down on the ground level, work is progressing on the ERA Architects-led restoration and incorporation of the building's heritage components, which include the 1905 Gothic revival façade of 5 St. Joseph and the row of commercial properties on Yonge Street. In the image below, we can see workers inspecting and adding finishing touches to the historic façade.

FIVE Condos, MOD, Graywood, Hariri Pontarini Architects, ERA ArchitectsRestored facade of 5 St. Joseph, image by Jack Landau

With the tower now at its final height, the building's distinctive undulating balconies will soon be clad in a white material that will accentuate the unique wave effect. The effect is most pronounced when viewed from acute angles, but from most other angles, the unclad balconies look rather subtle. In the image below, we can see a magnified cutout of the balcony effect which helps to highlight the subtle architectural touch.

FIVE Condos, MOD, Graywood, Hariri Pontarini Architects, ERA ArchitectsMagnification of FIVE's balconies, image by Jack Landau

Once complete, FIVE will be adding 539 condominium units to an increasingly dense Yonge Street corridor, along with ground floor retail units occupying the development's restored Yonge Street historic properties.

FIVE Condos, MOD, Graywood, Hariri Pontarini Architects, ERA ArchitectsView of FIVE's ground level from St. Joseph at Yonge, image by Jack Landau

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.