To start UrbanToronto's visit to the new Ritz Carlton Hotel and Residences, we will begin our photo essay on the roof. If you looked skywards yesterday towards the Ritz, you will have seen that its look was changing quickly. First, that gap? Unlike at RBC, this gap is staying a gap. You can see from the photo below that the back of the tall, north glass facade is now being clad.
This shot is taken from the penthouse, looking up towards the wall that the crane is lifting cladding panels up to.
Here's the gap, looking east:
Initially, I am somewhat disappointed that the back of this extending fin is being opaquely clad as I have really enjoyed the transparency of the fin as it has been until now, but I expect that the Ritz will have something special to look at here when all is said and done. Below is the gap looking west. You'll notice the thinner scaffolding pipes within the frame; those will be coming down soon, leaving the frame looking cleaner.
Here's a fisheye view of the crane, just because:
And just to prove that the crane isn't really warped, here is it, straight up:
A crane will lift the window washing platform up and over the slanted roof portions. The platform will tie into points on the canted southern facade. Currently at the west end of the gap, we have a cherry picker, contrasting nicely with the day's gorgeous blue skies:
In those last two images, you're getting a better view of the superstructure for the southern portion of the roof. Turn your head a little more, and this is the view:
Those things covered in blue tarps two pics above? Three emergency generators for the building. See below:
Now, one floor beneath the window washer deck, more fisheye:
Here's Ed007 shooting the view:
Well, that was one of the view shots: we're saving our unobscured ones for another report however.
Back outside (well, it's 'outside' for the time being), here's Ed007 with the camera pointed west:
And here are our hosts and tour guides, David Eisenstadt and Tom Bulkovic, patiently attending to i42's gesticulations:
We'll take you to the penthouse tomorrow. Thanks for coming along on the tour so far!