The installation of exterior cladding elements continues to add warmth and visual appeal to Streetcar DevelopmentsThe Taylor, a 96-unit condominium and townhome development under construction on Dundas Street East, just east of Carlaw. Designed by TACT Architecture, the development is composed of a main 8-storey volume with a smaller 4-storey volume to the east.

The Taylor, TACT Architecture, Streetcar Developments, TorontoRendering of The Taylor, image courtesy of Streetcar Developments

The development's exterior is being fitted with öko skin slat wall panels, a fibre-reinforced, weather-resistant, naturally pigmented concrete cladding manufactured by the Austria-based Rieder GmbH. The product is capable of replicating the warmth of wood cladding while offering the same durability and sustainability as concrete, all without the need for regular painting or abrasion.

The Taylor, TACT Architecture, Streetcar Developments, TorontoView of The Taylor's north side, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor aiekon

While öko skin will be The Taylor's signature exterior component, ironspot slate-gray bricks, stone, and two-tone glazing add to the material palette here. öko skin panels have already been applied to the small four-storey volume at the east end of the development, as well as over the townhome frontages along Filmic Lane on the north side of the development.

The Taylor, TACT Architecture, Streetcar Developments, Torontoöko skin panels on The Taylor, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor skycandy

While the material is available in a wide range of colours and tones, a modulated red/brown combination is employed here, serving as a contextual bridge between the modern aesthetic of the new mid-rise and the more Victorian holdover design of the abutting townhomes and nearby historic brick warehouses.

Exterior work continues elsewhere at The Taylor, including the ongoing installation of balcony glazing. Along with the newly installed balconies visible in the image below, we can also see the first signs of weatherproofing material in advance of the first öko skin on the Dundas Street facade.

The Taylor, TACT Architecture, Streetcar Developments, TorontoThe Taylor's Dundas Street East frontage, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor skycandy

Additional information, including renderings and floor plans of what the finished buildings and suites will look like, can be found in our dataBase files, 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.