We reported last week on the progress of Clear Spirit and Gooderham condos, designed by architectsAlliance for developers Cityscape and Dundee Realty at the Distillery District… and then two UT Forum members ran right out and sent us some dizzying new angles of the unique neighbourhood's latest towers that we just have to share.

Clear Spirit, photo by UT member Jasonzed

This worm's eye view emphasizes the crimped, zig-zag balconies that are the distinguishing feature on Clear Spirit. The pattern is created by directional shifts of the balcony's undulating slab edge, as well as alternating clear and fritted glass on every second floor. 

Gooderham and Clear Spirit, photo by UT member Jack Landau

In a dialogue with the neighbouring Clear Spirit tower, The Gooderham (above right) will feature a variation on the same when its balconies are glazed. Below, rising above the restored and repurposed Victorian industrial Distillery buildings lining pedestrainized Trinity Street, Clear Spirit can be read as an integrated glass chimney, with Gooderham to double the effect shortly. While the insertion of tall, modern buildings in the Distillery District has been decried by some, others see the juxtaposition of old and new as a complimentary pairing which sets all elements off more beautifully than anything that can be achieved when trying to ape the old.

Gooderham and Clear Spirit, photo by UT member Jack Landau

We will be back to cover more as this development progresses. In the meantime, learn more about the project in the dataBase page and in the related Forum thread linked below (where you'll find more of these fantastic photos!). Join the conversation in the threads, or add your comment on this page.

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