The panorama from Toronto's Harbour shows the growing development at the Distillery District in the larger context of the city. Various UrbanToronto Forum members have pointed their cameras in the direction of the Clear Spirit and Gooderham condo towers lately, the latest additions to an area otherwise populated by Victorian Industrial Architecture.

Clear Spirit and Gooderham buildings, image by UT Forum member Jasonzed

Clear Spirit and Gooderham buildings, image by UT Forum member Razz

The zig-zag balconies are the distinguishing feature on Clear Spirit, designed by architectsAlliance for developers Cityscape and Dundee Realty. Created by alternating clear and fritted glass on every second floor, and with the glass types changing over at crimps in the building's undulating balcony slab edges, the pattern is best viewed on days with blue sky. The Gooderham, closing in on topping out, will feature a variration on the theme when its balconies are glazed.

Clear Spirit and Gooderham buildings, image by UT Forum member Razz

Clear Spirit and Gooderham condos rising in the Distillery District, image by Jack Landau

When complete, the towers' wraparound terraces and balconies will gather light at different angles and reflect it out over the city, as illustrated in the architects' rendering below. The Gooderham will be connected to the revitalized East Bayfront and West Don Lands with its rolling green park lands, walkways and bike trails connecting to the waterfront.

Gooderham condo, image courtesy of architectsAlliance


While Clear Spirit's tower is a modern response to the area's growing housing needs, the building defers at street level to the intimate scale of the 19th century streetscape. Its tall slender columns meet the ground, enveloping the red brick podium that makes reference to the area's original industrial buildings which form the most architecturally rich heritage precinct in Toronto. Site work continues at the base of the building.

Clear Spirit, image by UT Forum member TOCondoGarden


For project renderings and information on the developments discussed above, head over to the UrbanToronto dataBase pages, linked below. Associated Forum thread links will take you to the discussion and many more recent photo updates.

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