Just over ten months since a ground breaking ceremony marked the official start of construction for Gupta Group's Dundas Square Gardens, demolition is helping clear the Dundas and Jarvis site of the future 45-storey, Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects-designed condominium development. Following the October 2015 ceremony and the subsequent closure of the Hilton Garden Inn occupying the site, interior demolition of the structure commenced in January, followed by the start of structural demolition this past Spring.

Dundas Square Gardens, Gupta Group, Page + Steele / IBI, TorontoDemolition of the former Hilton Garden Inn Toronto City Centre Hotel, image by Sean Marshall

In the months since the first cuts to the exterior could be seen back in mid-April, demolition has cleared away almost all of the hotel's former two-storey north wing, as well as the recessed mechanical penthouse level atop the main structure. Most recently, demolition of the main structure has begun, with crews currently in the process of taking down the east side of the main structure.

Dundas Square Gardens, Gupta Group, Page + Steele / IBI, TorontoAerial view of the demolition captured from the east, image by Forum contributor skycandy

To minimize airborne dust and debris caused by the demolition process, water is being sprayed onto the structure as hydraulic rigs rip away sections of steel and concrete. At the east side of the site, a large crane-mounted screen is also being utilized to keep demolition debris contained.

Dundas Square Gardens, Gupta Group, Page + Steele / IBI, TorontoDemolition of the former Hilton Garden Inn Toronto City Centre Hotel, image by Sean Marshall

The project will bring 978 condominium units to an area of the city shedding its former rough-around-the-edges image, with high rental housing demand from students of nearby Ryerson University. Residents of the building's units will have access to an extensive range of amenity spaces appointed by interior designers Studio Munge, including multiple outdoor amenities atop the building's articulated volumes.

Dundas Square Gardens, Gupta Group, Page + Steele / IBI, TorontoRendering of Dundas Square Gardens, image courtesy of Gupta Group

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