Past a row of fine-grained heritage storefronts, Bazis and Plaza's 1 Yorkville has hit grade. Under construction since late 2015, the laborious below-grade work—which carved out a deep excavation pit just past the shuttered retail spaces—is now wrapped up, paving the way for what will eventually be a 58-storey tower. 

1 Yorkville, Toronto, by Bazis, Plaza, Roy Varacalli The Yonge Street frontage, image by Edward Skira

Designed by Rosario 'Roy' Varacalli, the 577-unit tower will hold a prominent position on the Yorkville skyline, especially when viewed from the north. Rising two blocks north of Yonge Street—directly across from the Reference Library—the completed building will be characterized by the textural metal 'ribbons' that stretch the full length of the tower. 

1 Yorkville, Toronto, by Bazis, Plaza, Roy Varacalli Looking south, image via UT Forum contributor willwu

On Yonge Street, the six historic properties have been retained with much of their original depth. Developed by ERA Architects, the heritage retention strategy saw the rear additions to the buildings—which were mostly added during the mid-20th century—demolished to make way for the excavation pit, with a carbon fibre and steel backbone supporting and stabilizing the structures during construction. 

1 Yorkville, Toronto, by Bazis, Plaza, Roy Varacalli Another view of the site, looking south, image by UT Forum contributor willwu

Up to nine commercial units will eventually line the historic Yonge Street frontage, preserving the fine-grained retail character that long characterized the stretch. Housed at the base of the modern tower, a final retailer is set to face Yorkville Avenue. 

1 Yorkville, Toronto, by Bazis, Plaza, Roy Varacalli 1 Yorkville, image via Bazis / Plaza

In the coming months, the contemporary tower's lower levels will gradually begin to rise above their historic Yonge Street counterparts, with the pace of construction set to accelerate as the TMG Builders crews develop a rhythm in forming the repetitive tower floorplates of the upper levels. 

1 Yorkville, Toronto, by Bazis, Plaza, Roy Varacalli Aerial view of the site in late May, image by Edward Skira

We will keep you updated as construction continues, and more information becomes available. In the meantime, you can learn more by checking out our Database file, linked below. Want to share your thoughts? Leave a comment on this page, or join the ongoing conversation in our associated Forum thread.