The Modern, Empire Communities' 17-storey tower rising at Richmond and Sherbourne Streets, was the scene of a party yesterday for all involved in the construction of the building, to celebrate its topping off. On Urban Toronto the building has become most famous for its permeable appearance when looking east along Richmond Street from the core. A pair of photographs by member Androiduk have highlighted that look, one which we published at the beginning of May, and now this one, taken June 5th:
We are happy to able now to wave back, figuratively, with the reverse shot looking west down Richmond.
So, let's go for a quick look around the DTAH/E.I. Richmond-designed Modern, starting to the southwest. This angle provides a view of the building's most public face. While most of the facade will be steel and glass, the lower four floors present a slate-coloured brick podium running parallel to Sherbourne Street. With three levels of residential units above, ground level will provide new retail along Sherbourne, enlivening the street. Above, the tower runs perpendicular to Richmond Street, and the angle with which it meets the podium reminds us that Toronto's north-south and east-west streets rarely run at 90° angles to each other. The design here makes good use of that fact to provide some real visual interest in what otherwise could have been an undifferentiated box. Further up, four floors of protruding balconies add further articulation to the facade.
While the west side is the one which has been photographed most, the east side has a similar number of articulations to break down the slab's volume.
Time to go inside, and up.
The ride up the hoist provided a view up Sherbourne Street and over the wedge shaped four floor podium below.
A hazy blue sky greeted participants on the building's roof on the warmest day of the year. This area, with terrific views all 'round, will become amenity space for Modern residents.
Empire Communities' founding members, brothers Andrew and Dan Guizetti, and Paul Golini Sr. and Paul Jr.
Here's a final shot for now, a good view showing The Modern in context, this one courtesy of dt_toronto_geek from his perch near Wellesley and Jarvis.
We congratulate Empire for reaching this milestone on this handsome project, and we will be back to The Modern to capture more progress in coming months.
|Related Companies:||DTAH, Empire Communities, Richmond Architects, Studio Munge|