Clear Spirit and The Gooderham, by Cityscape and Dundee Realty, portend a brighter future for Toronto. They’re further proof that major stakeholders in this city – developers, architects, local communities, the city, and the buying public – finally are ‘getting it.’ Designed by architectsAlliance, with interiors by Chase Architecture and Ava Janikowski Architect (AJA), Clear Spirit and The Gooderham show how new buildings – done right – are essential to the existing urban fabric, even in / especially in historic districts like The Distillery. They energize the whole by injecting new life into underused and overlooked parts.

Looking south-east toward Clear Spirit The Gooderham to the north-east of Clear Spirit is omitted from this render.

Clear Spirit rendering, image courtesy of cityscape

A view down the alley between the base of Clear Spirit to the west (right) and one of two preserved tank houses integrated into the base of The Gooderham to the east (left) The north and east façades of the tank houses are intact and are being propped up during construction. The south and west façades will be rebuilt with original brick. The podium of Clear Spirit retains the same dimensions as the rack house it replaces. Legacy wood from all of these buildings is being reclaimed for flooring, furniture, and other interior elements in individual units, as an upgrade, and common areas. The ground floor of both bases will contain 100% retail, lobbies excluded.

Outdoor patio, image courtesy of cityscape

The lobby at Clear Spirit

image courtesy of cityscape

The new square defined by The Distillery District's future, mixed-use ribbon building to the south (left), Clear Spirit to the west (centre), and The Gooderham to the north (The tank houses comprising The Gooderham's base are partially in view on the right.) Clear Spirit's angled columns remain integral to the building's design.

Looking north-east across the square toward The Gooderham

New amenities level and two levels of residences above the tank houses in the podium of The Gooderham

Amenities terrace, image courtesy of cityscape

The lobby at The Gooderham

Lobby at the Gooderham, image courtesy of cityscape

Looking east toward the Pump House, circa 1895 and currently housing Balzac's Coffee, with Clear Spirit rising to the east (left) and the ribbon building wrapping around to the south (right) The ribbon building, still in development and slated for completion in around 2015, will contain a pedestrian passage, which will continue under the rail corridor, linking The Distillery District with the East Bayfront / waterfront.

Pedestrian link to east bayfront, courtesy of cityscape

The Distillery District plan with the ribbon building, Clear Spirit, and The Gooderham highlighted

Site plan, courtesy of cityscape

Looking south-east The Gooderham is to the east (left), Clear Spirit is to the west (right).

Scale model, image by Craig White

Looking north-west Clear Spirit is to the west (left), The Gooderham is to the east (right).

Scale model, image by Craig White

The new square with ribbon building to the south and east (left), Clear Spirit to the west (centre), and The Gooderham to the north (right)

Scale model, image by Craig White

The square beyond the roof of the ribbon building, with Clear Spirit to the west (left) and The Gooderham to the north (centre)

Scale model, image by Craig White

Partial view of the square and alley bounded by the ribbon building to the south (centre), the podium of Clear Spirit to the west (right) and one of the tank houses in the podium of The Gooderham to the north and east (left)

Scale model, image by Craig White

Another view of the alley over the outdoor terrace atop the podium of The Gooderham Clear Spirit's signature angled columns can be seen in the centre of the image.

Scale model, image by Craig White

Looking down into the podium of The Gooderham

Scale model, image by Craig White

Approximately eight units remain in Clear Spirit and thirty in The Gooderham, some two-storey. Construction on Clear Spirit will be done in 2012 and on The Gooderham in 2013. We will take you into the model suite soon! Let us know what you think about the new condo towers in The Distillery by commenting below, or click on the link under the article to participate in UrbanToronto's thread about the project.

Related Companies:  American Standard (part of Lixil Canada Inc.), architectsAlliance, Ava Janikowski Architect, Chase Architecture, Cityscape, Dream Unlimited, Isotherm Engineering Ltd., Jablonsky, Ast and Partners, TUCKER HIRISE Construction, WSP