I lived in one of the buildings as a child. The elevators were terrifying, more than once they closed on me and wouldn't budge.
Curious about this myself! You can see a similar effect on the bridges (which I've always loved) between the Canada Life building on University and 190 Simcoe.I love the organic and rustic look that was achieved through the unusual cladding. It makes the building a landmark. What kind of cladding is it?