Work is progressing at the site of St. Thomas Commercial Develoments' new project 7 St. Thomas, a nine-storey mixed-use development by award winning Hariri Pontarini Architects, coming to the corner of Sultan and St. Thomas Streets in the heart of Toronto's Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood. The development, to be predominantly condominium office suites with retail at ground level, will not stand out on the skyline like the many new residential towers currently going up in its vicinity, but 7 St. Thomas's uniquely rippled design nonetheless makes it a development we look forward to watching progress through construction.

7 St. Thomas, St. Thomas Commercial Develoments, Hariri Pontarini ArchitectsHoarding is installed around the remains of the victorian houses, image by UrbanToronto Forum Contributor Benito

Maintaining the facades of a row of historic red-brick Victorian townhouses, 7 St. Thomas will preserve the heritage street level experience while adding a modern office block above and behind. In our last update in December 2014, the facades had been prepared with yellow-painted steel bracing to safely hold them in place during the demolition of the rear of the houses. Now, four months later, new images reveal that demolition has since been completed, and excavation of the site has commenced.

7 St. Thomas, St. Thomas Commercial Develoments, Hariri Pontarini ArchitectsThe sight of demolition at 7 St. Thomas, image by UrbanToronto Forum Contributor Benito

Nearby at Yonge and Bloor, work on another Hariri Pontarini-designed development is generating quite a bit of buzz. Though 7 St. Thomas is much smaller in scale than Great Gulf's One Bloor East, that building's subtle curves and white-fritted balcony glazing provide hints of what to expect from the related design language at 7 St. Thomas.

White fritted balcony glazing subtly curves on One Bloor East's podium terracesWhite fritted balcony glazing subtly curves on One Bloor East's podium terraces, image by AlvinofDiaspar

Renderings that show how 7 St. Thomas will look can be found in our dataBase file for the project, linked below. Want to talk about the development? You can get in on the discussion in our associated Forum thread, or you can leave a comment at the bottom of this page.