A few blocks to the west of Great Gulf's curvaceous One Bloor East, a much smaller Hariri Pontarini Architects-designed has begun to show similar curves in Toronto's Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood. When we last updated construction of St. Thomas Commercial Develoments7 St. Thomas 11 months ago, excavation was progressing behind the preserved facades of a row of historic red-brick Victorian townhouses occupying the southeast corner of Sultan and St. Thomas Streets, just around the corner from Bloor and Bay. 

7 St. Thomas, Toronto, Hariri Pontarini, St. Thomas Commercial DevelomentsNortheast view from St. Thomas Street, image by UT Forum contributor Benito

In the time since, excavation has been completed and the first above grade levels of the nine-storey office condominium development have been poured. The new concrete levels have risen to a height of four storeys, clearing the historic facades. With the facades largely secured to the new structure behind, the yellow-painted steel bracing used to support them during excavation have mostly been removed, with just two supports remaining on Sultan Street.

7 St. Thomas, Toronto, Hariri Pontarini, St. Thomas Commercial DevelomentsFacing southeast towards 7 St. Thomas, image by UT Forum contributor Benito

The project's heritage component will house street-fronting retail, with an office condominium lobby located beyond the east end of the historic Sultan Street frontage. The development's office condominium units will be located above, as well as amenity spaces like a common boardroom and multiple green roofs. 

7 St. Thomas, Toronto, Hariri Pontarini, St. Thomas Commercial DevelomentsEast view from St. Thomas Street, image by UT Forum contributor Benito

The completed development will feature a building envelope consisting mainly of fritted curtain wall glazing hugging the building's undulating facades. The video below will give you a good idea of how the completed project is intended to look.

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 thread, or leave a comment using the space provided at the bottom of this page.