Developments that add their silhouette to the skyline in this city are the ones that get the lion's share of attention on UrbanToronto's Forum, and even on our front page. Another high-profile project however, has a somewhat lower profile, at least on the skyline, but from the Toronto Islands or the harbour ferries, Waterlink at Pier 27's pair of bridged 14-storey buildings are quickly becoming a landmark.
They work that way for passersby on Queens Quay too, which is where most people see the Cityzen and Fernbrook Homes development from. When we last visited the site at the end of April, the installation of its first strips of diagonal aluminum banding being applied to the eastern bridge of the architectsAlliance-designed development. In the time since, there has been much progress, with most of the eastern bridge now covered in the criss-crossing pattern which expresses of the exterior the bridge's underlying steel structure.
In the image above, we can see that the large scaffold used to clad that bridge's underside has since been disassembled, revealing white aluminium panels arranged similarly in a diagonal pattern.
A close-up of the bridge below reveals a worker standing about halfway along the middle halls. That gives you an idea of how tall these floors are: this is impressive space. We can underline too that these are hallways which line the north side of the bridges: the units' windows all face the Toronto Harbour, Islands, and lake beyond to the south.
Eastern bridge and underside cladding, image by Jack Landau
Diagonal banding is still being installed at both ends of the east bridge, and a similar pattern will soon appear on the project's western skybridge.
On the west side of the development, the west bridge is now largely covered in an identical glazing system to its east sibling, and will soon be fitted with the diagonal banding too.
In the image above, scaffolds can still be seen below the west bridge, as crews continue to process of cladding that bridge's underside. In the image below, we get a closer look at how the scaffold system is being used to create a working platform below the west bridge.
A comprehensive collection of project facts, floorplans and renderings can be found in our dataBase file for Waterlink at Pier 27, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum threads, or voice your opinion in the comments section provided at the bottom of this page.
|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|