This is the last installment in our recent tour of Cityzen and Fernbrook’s Waterlink at Pier 27. If you haven’t checked out parts one and two yet, they are certainly worth a look.

In the previous installments, we took a look at the first ten floors of the development and then we presented the remarkable variety of views. The project’s four towers have a lot to offer, but the unique skybridges which connect the buildings together are surely Pier 27’s distinguishing feature, and its most discussed. For our third and final installment of our tour, we take a look at the three-storey skybridges and surrounding penthouse floors which crown the development.

The Skybridges of Waterlink at Pier 27, image by Craig White

Pier 27's steel skybridges, image by Jack Landau

Unlike the towers themselves, which are constructed with reinforced concrete, the bridges are built with structural steel. The steel framed bridges, though still in a very raw state, are shaping up to be some incredibly unique spaces, both inside and out.     

The Toronto skyline framed by steel I-beams, viewed from within a skybridge, image by Jack Landau

Plenty of work is left to do, and steelworkers are busy tying welding all the loose ends together so work on cladding and interiors can begin.

Steelworker welding drains in place on a skybridge balcony, image by Jack Landau

Balconies on the Skybridges of Waterlink at Pier 27, image by Craig White

The space inside the bridges will eventually contain some of the project’s spacious penthouse units. Though there is still a very long way to go before these units are ready for occupancy, a walk across the bridges’ corrugated aluminum floorplates gives us a clear impression of these spaces and their full potential.

Western end of the west skybridge framing the city to the north, image by Jack Landau

A look across the eastern bridge, image by Jack Landau

The diagonal trusses which brace the steel structure will be reflected in the cladding pattern planned for the bridges.  Since cladding has not yet been installed on the bridges, we turn to the scale model to get a better idea of the finished product.

Pier 27 scale model, image by Jack Landau

architectsAlliance’s design, which makes use of staggered balconies and asymmetrical floorplans, gives all residents on the buildings upper floors a uniquely different view than their neighbours.  Views from within the bridges are easily matched by views of the bridges, a feature that not only sets the project apart from other downtown condos, but practically defines it.

Close-up of the eastern skybridge's exterior, image by Jack Landau

Below the bridges, the 11th floor on each tower will also contain additional luxury penthouses, each with a private terrace, some with dramatic view of the bridges.

Below Pier 27's eastern skybridge, image by Jack Landau

Looking north towards Pier 27's sales centre, image by Jack Landau

Looking south from one of Pier 27's future penthouse balconies, image by Jack Landau

This rooftop terrace pictured below will be an amazing amentity space for residents of the complex.

South facing terrace at Pier 27, image by Jack Landau

A closer look at the high quality stone paving tiles is a good indicator of the quality of the finishings expected on this project. These tiles are also being used on private terraces at Pier 27.

Outdoor stone paving at Pier 27, image by Jack Landau

As construction on the 303-unit waterfront development progresses, we will be sure to return with updates as the project’s final elements come together.

Rendering of the completed Waterlink at Pier 27

Floor plans of the dramatic penthouse suites have now been added to UrbanToronto's dataBase page for Pier 27. It also contains a wealth of additional information, including building facts and renderings. Can can view the dataBase listing via the link posted below.

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Related Companies:  architectsAlliance, Cityzen Development Group, Fernbrook Homes, Isotherm Engineering Ltd., Jablonsky, Ast and Partners, Studio Munge, The MBTW Group | W Architect Inc, Walters Group