In an area of Toronto known for posh shopping and luxury condominiums, a purpose-built rental tower isn't the type of intensification one would necessarily expect, but new rental construction is surging again, and luxury rentals are part of that. At the corner of St. Thomas and Charles Streets in Yorkville, KingSett Capital and Bentall Kennedy's 2 St. Thomas will soon add new rental opportunities to one of the country's most sought-after locales.

2 St. Thomas, Hariri Pontarini, Kingsett Capital, Bentall Kennedy, Toronto2 St. Thomas rising at Charles and St. Thomas, image by Forum contributor Benito

The structure will rise in two distinct volumes; a main 26-storey volume at the intersection, with the 11-storey volume which will incorporate the historic University Apartments at 8 St. Thomas to the north. Designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects (HPA), the new building will reference the materiality of the McKinsey Building to the west, also designed by HPA.

2 St. Thomas, Hariri Pontarini, Kingsett Capital, Bentall Kennedy, TorontoFourth floor now being formed at 2 St. Thomas, image by Forum contributor Benito

Now standing three storeys above grade, forming of the fourth floor has commenced above. Unlike the irregular layouts of the lower levels, the floors between 2 and 11 will rise comparatively quickly, as crews from PCL get into a rhythm of forming and pouring the repetitive layouts. Once crews clear the 11th and uppermost level of the building's north volume, the pace of construction will increase yet again due to the decreased floor plate.

The first of the building's stone cladding was recently spotted by UrbanToronto Forum contributor Benito, who posted a series of images which highlight the tonal qualities of the stone.

2 St. Thomas, Hariri Pontarini, Kingsett Capital, Bentall Kennedy, TorontoCladding on 2 St. Thomas, image by Forum contributor Benito

A rendering by HPA shows how the building should look upon completion.

2 St. Thomas, Hariri Pontarini, Kingsett Capital, Bentall Kennedy, Toronto2 St. Thomas, image via Hariri Pontarini Architects

Additional information and renderings of the development can be found in our dataBase file for the project, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Visit the associated Forum threads, or leave a comment in the field provided at the bottom of this page.