UrbanToronto took a bit of a tour around Regent Park construction recently, and we have some shots, and some renderings, of some of the Phase Two work currently underway.

We'll start with Paintbox condos, and the Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre, on the south side of Dundas west of Sackville Street. The two are bring built together by The Daniels Corporation, and are designed by Diamond + Schmitt Architects. Right now they are working on the third floor generally, which means that they don't have too much further to go up with the Arts & Cultural Centre, but there are still another 23 floors to go with Paintbox. Here's what it looks like now.

image by Craig White

image by Craig White

image by Craig White

image by Craig White

Here's what the pair will look like when complete; first, the colourfully accented Arts & Cultural Centre. (That's Paintbox in behind of course.) We'll start wide and close in for some detail.

We'll back out again.

image courtesy of Diamond and Schmitt Architects

image courtesy of Diamond and Schmitt Architects

image courtesy of Diamond and Schmitt Architects

image courtesy of Diamond and Schmitt Architects

Evening settles over the whole complex. Here's a low-res shot so most everyone will be able to see all of Paintbox on their screen at once, then we'll go higher-res, and then go in for some detail.

image courtesy of Diamond and Schmitt Architects

The Dundas frontage.

image courtesy of Diamond and Schmitt Architects

The Sackville frontage.

image courtesy of Diamond and Schmitt Architects

Paintbox's roof will be striped with colour: LEDs will identify Paintbox's central location within Regent Park from afar.

image courtesy of Diamond and Schmitt Architects

Phase Two is mostly south of Dundas Street, but it also includes the park being constructed at the heart of the redevelopment on the north side of Dundas.

image courtesy of Diamond and Schmitt Architects

This early Regent Park housing is coming down for the park. This building sits where the plan above says 'Picnic Area' and 'Entry Plaza'.

Before demolition:

image by Craig White

image by Craig White

Demolition underway:

image by androiduk

The east side of the park will be home to the Regent Park Aquatic Centre, designed by MJMA. Here's what it looks like now,

image by Craig White

And here's how it will look when complete:

image by maclennan jaunkalns miller architects

image by maclennan jaunkalns miller architects

image by Craig White

We'll get more in depth with all of these buildings in the coming months, but for now, what are your first impressions of what you see here? Leave a comment here, or click on the link below to join in the discussion in UrbanToronto's thread for the Regent Park Phase 2. If you are interested in Paintbox, you can register here. Let them know you UrbanToronto sent you!

This article was originally published in forum thread: Regent Park Phase 2 incl. Paintbox (Daniels, various)

Related Companies:  Diamond Schmitt Architects, entro, NAK Design Strategies, tcgpr (The Communications Group), The Daniels Corporation