A new rendering has surfaced showing an altered facade design for Urbacon and BRL Realty's Bay + Scollard development. The project is moving toward a site plan approval submission after receiving the go ahead from the City following the zoning approvals process some time ago. The highly anticipated building is the latest Toronto project from starchitect firm Foster + Partners, in partnership with RAW Design.

Bay + Scollard, Urbacon, BRL Realty, Foster + Partners, RAW Design, TorontoNew rendering showing the altered facade, image courtesy of Urbacon and BRL Realty.

The new image shows a glassier facade, moving away from the deep-set repetitive grid of the previous iteration that was more reminiscent of mid-century concrete towers. The modified facade still keeps a strong sense of verticality, with groups of three windows separated by a vertical concrete element. The massing of the building, with its three stepped volumes, has remained the same.

Bay + Scollard, Urbacon, BRL Realty, Foster + Partners, RAW Design, TorontoComparison of the new (left) and old (right) facades, image by Forum contributor salsa.

A closer look at the details shows the composition of the facade. Precast glass reinforced concrete panels will be used throughout, while the glazing will feature bronze frames, maintaining the golden hue of the building seen in the renderings, provided they are not painted a different colour. On the returns of the building, corrugated panels of precast concrete will feature bronze metal accents, contributing to the golden shine of the structure.

Bay + Scollard, Urbacon, BRL Realty, Foster + Partners, RAW Design, TorontoClose-up elevation of the new facade showing materials, image courtesy of Urbacon and BRL Realty.

Bay + Scollard, Urbacon, BRL Realty, Foster + Partners, RAW Design, TorontoClose-up elevation of the tower returns showing materials, image courtesy of Urbacon and BRL Realty.

As Bay + Scollard is evidently close to a site plan approvals submission, new information will surface in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for updates as they become available. In the meantime, tell us what you think of the new design! Is it a step in the right direction, or a move toward another look-alike in the Toronto skyline? You can join the discussion in the associated Forum thread, or leave a comment in the space provided on this page.