It's going to make for a handsome little project when it's all done. And when I say little, well, it's still 110 units and 6 storeys, so it may be small by downtown skyscraper standards, but a block away from Islington subway station and across the street from treed lots of single family homes, Westwood Condominums will be quite a substantial addition of infill housing that will be good for both this neighbourhood in particular and the city in general.
Westwood is one of those buildings that is small enough to bring revitalization to a neighbourhood while being not so big that it will overwhelm it. Replacing a surface parking lot, one could call its property transitional: to the south, a leafy, lovely neighbourhood, to the north, the Etobicoke City Centre planning area with its rail lines, roads, and condo towers. The project has not been a simple one though: instead of the typical dig down and build up here, there was a pre-existing underground garage on the site as well, owned by the loft conversion condominium to the east, and that made for a very atypical build here. We'll have another story in the future about all of the special considerations that were necessary to erect Westwood: you'll be surprised!
For now though, builder The Alterra Group, has reached the top of the structure, so it was time to invite everyone involved by to celebrate that fact, and workers were treated to a barbecue lunch specially brought in for the occasion.
Meanwhile, we got a chance to look around the EI Richmond-designed project, and at a Roof Top party, the first place to head is obviously the roof. The shot below looks northeast towards Alterra's earlier Network Lofts project, and you can see some of the towers at Islington subway station to the back right.
Go to the edge of the building, and this is the view to the east.
Yes, that's downtown on the horizon, over a sea of green.
To the northwest is the Six Points area. Cranes are visible at Pemberton's Vivid and Averton's Evolution. That subway train is headed for Kipling Station.
Looking west we can see across the pocket that the L-shaped upper floors create here. The building's last concrete pour will be for the terrace, the forms for which are being built below.
When the terrace is complete, the building will look like this.
We will be back to discover some of the intricacies of this boutique building another time. Want to know more now about Westwood Condominiums? Check out our dataBase page below for more renderings and info. Want to get in on the conversation? Choose an associated Forum thread, or leave a comment in the space provided on this page.
|Related Companies:||Alterra Group of Companies, Milborne Group, Richmond Architects|