A few months since the ceremonial groundbreaking for Great Gulf HomesMonde Condominiums, shoring and excavation equipment has recently been delivered to the site, marking the official start of the project's construction. Designed by Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie in partnership with Quadrangle Architects, the 44-storey condominium tower will rise from the intersection of Queens Quay and Bonnycastle in Toronto's burgeoning East Bayfront district, adjacent to the popular Sherbourne Common public space.

Monde, Great Gulf Homes, Moshe Safdie, Quadrangle Architects, TorontoShoring and excavation equipment at the site of Monde, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor ElDee

Excavators and shoring rigs are now working away at the development site, as crews begin to drill down into the land around the perimeter of the site, the first metres of which is fill which was dumped into the lake to create new port land many years ago. The drilling will gradually create a wall of piles to hold back the ground around the excavation.

Monde, Great Gulf Homes, Moshe Safdie, Quadrangle Architects, TorontoShoring rig at the site of Monde, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor ElDee

As shoring work proceeds, excavation for the site's garage and foundation will begin the dig, going 15.2 metres or 5 storeys down. Once they've hit bottom and created a concrete raft for it to sit on, a crane will be erected, and the rest of the building's foundation slab will be poured, marking the project's first upward construction.

Monde, Great Gulf Homes, Moshe Safdie, Quadrangle Architects, TorontoExcavation equipment at the site of Monde, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor ElDee

Once completed, residents of the development's 552 units will enjoy amenity spaces with interiors by Toronto-based design firm Cecconi Simone, including a yoga and pilates room, and a theatre room. Residents will also have access to outdoor spaces with landscaping by Janet Rosenberg + Studio, including an infinity edge pool with cabanas, and outdoor lounge spaces.

Monde, Great Gulf Homes, Moshe Safdie, Quadrangle Architects, TorontoShoring and excavation equipment at the site of Monde, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor ElDee

Additional information and renderings can be found in our dataBase file for the project, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Visit the associated Forum threads or leave a comment in the field provided at the bottom of the page.