Compared with its appearance a decade ago, the Bloor-Yorkville skyline of today is almost completely unrecognizable, with glittering glass towers popping up all over the neighbourhood. One of the next projects due to enter the growing Bloor-Yorkville skyline is Bazis and Plaza's 1 Yorkville, a 58-storey condominium tower under construction at the corner of Yonge Street and Yorkville Avenue.

1 Yorkville, Bazis, Plaza, Rosario Varacalli, Toronto1 Yorkville's heritage component awaiting integration, image by Jack Landau

Construction activity commenced in December of 2015, following the interior demolition of the six historic buildings on Yonge Street that will be incorporated into the base of the Roy Varacalli-designed project. Their restoration and integration into the modern structure has been tasked to heritage specialists ERA Architects.

1 Yorkville, Bazis, Plaza, Rosario Varacalli, Toronto1 Yorkville's heritage component awaiting integration, image by Jack Landau

The first signs of shoring activity were spotted earlier this year, and in the months since, the process of building the caisson wall that will allow for a safe excavation has made significant progress. Once work on this earth retention system is completed, the first cuts can be made into the soil for the project's five-level below-grade parking garage.

1 Yorkville, Bazis, Plaza, Rosario Varacalli, Toronto1 Yorkville site viewed from Yorkville Avenue, image by Jack Landau

At the time of our visit to the site yesterday afternoon, a mobile concrete pump was in action at the east end of the site, where crews are busy underpinning the historic storefronts. Multiple concrete trucks were used for the pour, requiring intermittent stoppages in traffic on Yorkville Avenue to allow the trucks to back onto the site.

1 Yorkville, Bazis, Plaza, Rosario Varacalli, TorontoConcrete being pumped to the east end of the site, image by Jack Landau

Want to know more about the building? Info and more renderings can be found in our dataBase file, linked below. You can get in on the discussion in our associated Forum thread, or leave a comment in the space provided on this page. Earlier stories describing the building in greater detail can be found linked further down this page.