With the sales centre relocated immediately to the east in September, and the site partially cleared in October, the architectsAlliance-designed Tower at Pier 27 is set to begin making an impact on the waterfront at the turn of the year. Following site clearing throughout October and November, the last weeks have seen preliminary activity pave the way for the project's ceremonial construction launch, which is expected in early 2017.

Tower at Pier 27, Toronto, by Cityzen, Fernbrook, architectsAllianceLooking northwest, the Tower at Pier 27 site, image by Stefan Novakovic

With an excavator now on site, the shoring and excavation process will soon begin for what is now a fully cleared lot. Set to rise to a height of 35 storeys, the tower will form the height peak of Cityzen Development Group and Fernbrook Homes' lakefront community.

Tower at Pier 27, Toronto, by Cityzen, Fernbrook, architectsAllianceA rendering of Tower at Pier 27, image courtesy of Cityzen/Fernbrook

Located immediately north of the completed Waterlink at Pier 27 buildings—also designed by architectsAlliance—the tower's west elevation will be fronted by a new public park along the Yonge Street slip. Meanwhile, a final two phases will follow to the east, including the site now occupied by the relocated sales centre (below, left). 

Tower at Pier 27, Toronto, by Cityzen, Fernbrook, architectsAllianceThe cleared site, looking east, image by Stefan Novakovic

Across Queen's Quay, meanwhile, up to three supertall towers could eventually neighbour the waterfront community. While the latest iteration of Pinnacle International's 1-7 Yonge development is fronted by an imposing 95-storey, 307-metre tower, Menkes' ambitious plans for the LCBO Lands revealed at this month's Waterfront Design Review call for another pair of supertalls. At more than 80 storeys each, the paired 304-metre towers—which would feature another aA design—would also be taller than any existing building in Canada. 

Tower at Pier 27, Toronto, by Cityzen, Fernbrook, architectsAllianceAerial view of Pinacle's 1-7 Yonge project, showing Tower at Pier 27 and the LCBO Lands (not as currently proposed), via City of Toronto

While the start of construction sees the Tower at Pier 27 site neighbourhood by the Toronto Star complex at 1 Yonge Street and the former—and mostly vacant—LCBO lands, the country's tallest construction projects could be located just to the north by the time the 336-unit building is completed. 

Tower at Pier 27, Toronto, by Cityzen, Fernbrook, architectsAllianceLooking southeast, image by Stefan Novakovic

We will keep you updated as construction gets underway, and shoring begins in the coming weeks. In the meantime, further information about the project is available in our dataBase file, linked below. Want to learn more? Leave a comment in the space on this page, or join the conversation in our associated Forum threads.