With glazing installation continuing to impress at Hariri Pontarini's much-anticipated One Bloor East, another undulating design from the prolific Toronto firm is taking shape at 7 St. Thomas. Since our last update in March, the building—developed by St. Thomas Commercial Developments—has advanced quite a bit, with structural completion near and curtain wall cladding progressing quickly.

7 St. Thomas, Hariri Pontarini Architects, gh3, TorontoConstruction progressing on 7 St. Thomas, image by UT Forum contributor Condovo

Located at the intersection of St. Thomas and Sultan Streets—just south of Bloor—the office condominium development has been steadily rising from behind a row of preserved Victorian townhome facades for several months. Now standing at its full height height of 9 storeys, the building's upper office condominium level has been poured and forming will soon begin for the recessed mechanical penthouse level above. 

7 St. Thomas, Hariri Pontarini Architects, gh3, TorontoConstruction progressing on 7 St. Thomas, image by UT Forum contributor Condovo

Upon completion, the unique use of the existing heritage Victorian townhouses at its base will contrast the effervescent glass exterior of the modern levels above. The completed building will be enveloped by a billowing ceramic-fritted curtain wall glazing, the installation of which is already quite apparent. The sleek look of this design feature will be complemented by its ability to reduce thermal transmission and lower heating and cooling costs. 

7 St. Thomas, Hariri Pontarini Architects, gh3, TorontoConstruction progressing on 7 St. Thomas, image by UT Forum contributor Benito

The completed development will offer its tenants amenities like common boardrooms and customizable office spaces. 7 St. Thomas will also include outdoor spaces featuring landscaping by gh3, including a Piazza set between the historic Victorian townhouses' retail units and Sultan Street.

7 St. Thomas, Hariri Pontarini Architects, gh3, Toronto7 St. Thomas, image courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects

We will keep you updated on this project as more information becomes available. In the meantime, 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.