Tucked away on quiet streets a block from Spadina and Adelaide in Downtown Toronto, an exciting new boutique hotel is taking shape at 51 Camden Street. While rumours continue to swirl about the hotelier set to operate the new 13-storey building by the Alterra Group of CompaniesZinc Developments, and Prowinko, construction is progressing on the building's lower levels.

51 Camden Street, Alterra, Zinc, Prowinko, Shim Sutcliffe, TorontoLooking southeast to 51 Camden Street, image by Forum contributor Red Mars

While we've already covered early progress on the ground floor—including the first sightings of the building's structural expressionist elements—ongoing work continues to realize key features of the project's design by architects Shim-Sutcliffe. Among these is the nearly-complete forming of the building's signature arches that will be the architectural focal point of the hotel's dramatic double-height lobby and restaurant area. A view from earlier in March offers another look at the row of arches, the voids mostly hidden behind hoarding.

51 Camden Street, Alterra, Zinc, Prowinko, Shim Sutcliffe, TorontoLooking northeast to 51 Camden Street, image by Forum contributor Red Mars

The northernmost arch, along Camden Street, will serve as the building's main entrance as well as its main signature architectural identifier to the city. A view facing south across Camden Street to the entry arch captured early in March shows formwork being removed from it. The surrounding poured concrete north wall of the hotel is largely complete, eventually to be covered up by a mix of brick, weathering steel, and punched windows.

51 Camden Street, Alterra, Zinc, Prowinko, Shim Sutcliffe, TorontoNorth arch along Camden Street, March 3rd, image by Forum contributor Red Mars

Above, a more recent shot shows that forming is underway for the second and third floors. As forming progresses on the repeating hotel suite floors above the structurally-unique ground floor, work will accelerate over the coming months.

51 Camden Street, Alterra, Zinc, Prowinko, Shim Sutcliffe, TorontoLooking east to 51 Camden Street, image by Forum contributor Red Mars

Additional information and images can be found in our database file for the project, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out our associated Forum thread, or leave a comment in the field provided at the bottom of this page.

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