Torontonians will likely never come to a consensus on whether Daniel Libeskind's Crystal addition to the Royal Ontario Museum is a boon or a curse, but few would defend the mostly motley collection of buildings opposite the ROM on the north side of Bloor. While a proposal by Kazakh builder Bazis for a 30-storey building called Exhibit appears stalled, luxury developers The Yorkville Corporation are forging ahead with MuseumHouse, a 19-storey modernist luxury tower designed by Sol Wassermuhl, principal at Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects.
The narrow-lot building, which has replaced a two-storey structure most recently maimed by a Pizza Hut, is now above the unique podium levels with three storeys above ground. New floors should rise more quickly as the tower standardizes its floor plate, with half or full floor units. By summer 2011 the 26 unit building should look like this from a position over the ROM;
and like this, rising over the trees of Philosopher's Walk;
Current consturction shots: