Recently, UrbanToronto toured the nearly-complete Studio on Richmond, taking in the amenity areas and penthouse views of the 31-storey tower. While the building's first residents are already calling Studio home, Aspen Ridge Homes' recently topped-off 41-storey Studio2 is continuing construction on Nelson Street on the south half of the property. With cladding now installed up two-thirds of the tower's height and interior work set to begin, we now bring you highlights of our Studio2 tour.

Studio and Studio2, Toronto, by Aspen Ridge Homes, Quadrangle ArchitectsLooking west towards Studio2, image by Marcus Mitanis

The Quadrangle Architects-designed towers share a large, two-storey podium (below), with a combined footprint that spans south from Richmond to Nelson Street, in between Duncan and Simcoe. The taller Studio2 represents the southern portion of the development (facing Nelson Street), with a long 5-storey podium—with the tower's amenities enjoying indoor and outdoor spaces on the 6th floor—while the imposing 41-storey tower stands at the southwest corner of the site. 

Studio and Studio2, Toronto, by Aspen Ridge Homes, Quadrangle ArchitectsThe shared podium, with the base of Studio2 rising at left, image by Marcus Mitanis

At the base of Studio2's podium, a row of split-level townhouse units will add intimate street-level character to the site. With some currently used as construction offices, the townhouses will enjoy both the spacious comforts of a detached home and the conveniences of an amenity-rich condominium. Immediately to the west (below), the interior of Studio2's lobby will soon begin taking shape, with a bronze colour scheme set to anchor the tower's interior aesthetic. 

Studio and Studio2, Toronto, by Aspen Ridge Homes, Quadrangle ArchitectsLooking west across the base of Studio2 (left) and the podium (right), image by Marcus Mitanis

With work on Studio2's lobby area soon to begin, construction materials for the Mike Niven-appointed interiors can already be seen stored on site (below). For the time being, however, the expansive concrete shell of the lobby—and elevator foyer—gives us an early indication of the area's impressive scale and airy ambiance.

Studio and Studio2, Toronto, by Aspen Ridge Homes, Quadrangle ArchitectsStudio2's lobby area, image by Marcus Mitanis

A hoist elevator on the tower's western face takes us up to the 6th floor, where the building's central amenity area will spread out atop the podium and inside the tower (below). Amenities will include a gym and yoga studio (with men's and women's change rooms), as well as a billiards room, lounge, and a party space.

Studio and Studio2, Toronto, by Aspen Ridge Homes, Quadrangle ArchitectsA look at the interior amenity area on the 9th floor, image by Marcus Mitanis

In addition, a large outdoor terrace will overlook the city from atop the podium, which stretches east of the tower along Duncan Street. Outfitted with jacuzzis, barbecues, and beach-style lounge chairs, the space promises to be a soothing oasis in the heart of the city.

Studio and Studio2, Toronto, by Aspen Ridge Homes, Quadrangle ArchitectsStudio2's large outdoor terrace, viewed form the north, image by Marcus Mitanis

Our tour ends with a walk through what will soon be the tower's penthouse suites, highlighted in the video below. In their raw state, the future penthouses offered immersive—if windy—views of the Downtown core:

Once complete, the tower will bring 425 new suites to Toronto's Entertainment District, adding new vibrancy to what is already a quickly growing part of the city.

Studio and Studio2, Toronto, by Aspen Ridge Homes, Quadrangle ArchitectsThe raw concrete shell of Studio2's 41st floor awaits cladding and interior fit out, image by Craig White

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