Excavation is now in full swing at the waterfront site of Great Gulf HomesMonde Condominiums, a new 44-storey condominium tower featuring a design by Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie with Toronto-based Quadrangle Architects, under construction at the intersection of Queens Quay East and Bonnycastle. The current stage of construction involves the excavation of the development's five-storey below-grade structure, which will include parking for residents of the development.

Monde Condominiums, Moshe Safdie, Quadrangle, Great Gulf Homes, TorontoAerial view of Monde (left) captured in late-January, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor Jasonzed

The north side of the site has already been excavated to a final depth of 15.2 metres, as digging continues on the south side. After the conclusion of the development's excavation, a concrete raft slab will be poured to form the foundations, followed by the raising of a tower crane and the subsequent rise of the building's below-grade levels.

Monde Condominiums, Moshe Safdie, Quadrangle, Great Gulf Homes, TorontoExcavation at Monde captured in late-January, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor Razz

Tucker Hi-Rise has published a 3D video showing a step-by-step representation of how the tower will be constructed. After a visualization of all the projects Tucker Hi-Rise is associated with in Downtown Toronto, Monde's construction begins at the 1:20 mark of the video.

From 1:20 to 1:35, the video depicts the shoring process that started in August, followed by the current excavation stage between 1:35 and 1:49. At 1:50, the foundation construction is shown at the south end of the site, followed by the rise of the below-grade levels until the 2:06 mark. From there, the 240,000 square-foot, eight-storey podium can be seen rising along with the first signs of cladding, while the narrow tower floorplates follow starting at 2:20. At 2:37, the tower's final terraced floors can be seen fully formed, while the final glazing follows moments later. The remainder of the video features 3D overviews of the completed development, shown in context with its surroundings.

The completed development will add 552 new homes to the new East Bayfront district. Residents will have access to a selection of amenity spaces, with interiors appointed by Cecconi Simone and exterior spaces landscaped by Janet Rosenberg + Studio.

Monde Condominiums, Moshe Safdie, Quadrangle, Great Gulf Homes, TorontoRendering of Monde Condominiums, image courtesy of Great Gulf Homes

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