Following an early-2015 submission by Phantom Developments proposing a 64-storey residential tower at Yonge and Cumberland in Toronto's Yorkville neighbourhood, Phantom has partnered with veteran developer Great Gulf Homes on a heavily-revised proposal for the site. Now featuring a reimagined design by architectsAlliance, Eight Cumberland has been scaled back to a height of 51 storeys to better mesh with its up-and-coming neighbours, and the project is now preparing to launch.

Eight Cumberland, Great Gulf, Phantom Developments, architectsAlliance, TorontoRendering of Eight Cumberland, image courtesy of Great Gulf/Phantom

Eight Cumberland's new design features a striking set of triangular extruded fins which start from a cantilever over the tower's podium, before rising up the height of the tower. A white prefinished aluminum frame separates the fin-clad west facade from the flatter south elevation which features a single column of projecting balconies and perforated metal strips between rows of operable windows. While we know that the cantilever holds the building up and over a new mid-block laneway, and that the podium will mesh with heritage buildings at street level—the white stone cladding of the podium is to be more finely articulated than currently rendered—the exact details of the modern-heritage interface will not be revealed before more renderings of the development are released.

Eight Cumberland, Great Gulf, Phantom Developments, architectsAlliance, TorontoDistance between Eight Cumberland (red) and Bloor-Yonge Station (purple), image retrieved from Apple Maps

Eight Cumberland will put its residents in the heart of Toronto's premiere high-end shopping and dining destination, and within easy walking distance to Bloor-Yonge subway station. The development will add 371 condominium units to the Yorkville area, with suites that range in size from 460 square feet to 2,000 square feet. Available in one, two, and three bedroom layouts, suites are priced from the $400,000s. Residents at Eight Cumberland will have access to amenity spaces including a lounge, a fitness centre, two plunge pools, and more.

With registration now underway, we look forward to seeing the details of Eight Cumberland's ground realm in the near future. In the meantime, you can compare the current and earlier iterations of the project by visiting our dataBase file, 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.