The Yonge and Eglinton area is the site of much development activity these days, as the blocks surrounding the intersection are intensified in advance of the new Crosstown LRT line under construction. On Eglinton Avenue, a short distance east of Yonge, construction is progressing on Madison Homes' eponymous condo development, The Madison. The Kirkor Architects-designed development consists of 33 and 36-storey towers, joined by a shared eight storey podium which will contain a 40,000 square-foot Loblaws supermarket on the second floor and plenty of retail at ground level.

The Madison, Madison Homes, Kirkor Architects, TorontoThe Madison viewed from the east on Eglinton Avenue, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor Roundabout

Since our last update on the project just over a month ago, four of the tower floors have been poured for both of the two towers, meaning that The Madison's towers are each rising at a rate of approximately one floor per week. 

The Madison, Madison Homes, Kirkor Architects, TorontoTower floors rising at The Madison, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor Roundabout

Cladding installation has also made significant progress since our last update, with much of the podium now finished in a dark matte black precast concrete. Glazing is also in for a large percentage of the podium's punched windows, while a window wall and spandrel cladding combo can be seen on the south side of the podium. A similar cladding is being applied to the podium's main northern facade fronting Eglinton Avenue East.

The Madison, Madison Homes, Kirkor Architects, TorontoPodium cladding at The Madison, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor Roundabout

Construction of this sizeable project will now seem to speed up dramatically compared with what has been perceived as rather slow until now. The sheer size of the podium and its complexity has meant that there were times over the past few months when it wasn't easy to notice much progress from week to week. Now that forming has moved to the much smaller and repetitive floor plates of towers, The Madison is set to fly up.

The Madison, Madison Homes, Kirkor Architects, TorontoRendering of The Madison, image courtesy of Madison Homes

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