Since topping off in mid-2015, remaining construction work has been progressing at the Yonge and Esplanade site of the Backstage on The Esplanade condominiums by Cityzen Development Group, Fernbrook Homes and Castlepoint Numa. The 36-storey, Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects-designed development revealed a new aspect of its exterior this week, as installation of the five-storey podium's limestone cladding got underway.

Backstage on The Esplanade, Cityzen, Fernbrook, Castlepoint Numa, TorontoBackstage on The Esplanade's podium viewed from Yonge Street, image by Craig White

Since our previous update on the project, temporary work platforms have been installed over the podium elevations, prepping the cladding installation with insulation. Now, the first signs of limestone cladding have been spotted on the podium's north facade.

Backstage on The Esplanade, Cityzen, Fernbrook, Castlepoint Numa, TorontoLimestone on Backstage's podium levels, image by Craig White

The podium levels of the building contain parking for Backstage residents, hidden behind residential units. Six parking levels situated underneath Backstage are in use by residents of the L Tower to the north, accessed via a tunnel linking the two developments under The Esplanade.

The limestone on the podium's north facade will soon be accented by the addition of a darker-hued stone cladding. As stone is being installed on the podium's north facade, preparatory work is under way for the northeast facade's insulation and final cladding.

Backstage on The Esplanade, Cityzen, Fernbrook, Castlepoint Numa, TorontoNortheast podium facade awaiting cladding installation, image by Craig White

The spine of exposed concrete visible on the tower's western elevation has recently been fitted with metal clips, part of a subframe that will support a cladding consisting of vented porcelain panels engineered by Bildtec Building Systems. The panels will be of a similar hue to the limestone tiles being installed on the podium.

Backstage on The Esplanade, Cityzen, Fernbrook, Castlepoint Numa, TorontoWest elevation awaiting cladding installation, image by Craig White

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