Last week we took you on a ride up to the very top of Lifetime and Great Gulf's X2 Condos, now only a few floors shy of its final height where Jarvis meets Charles Street. Today we return to the 49-storey Wallman Architects-designed condominium tower for a look inside the building's suites, amenities, and retail spaces as construction continues.
After our visit to the top of the construction site, we headed down for a look at the building's in-progress interior spaces. We stopped on one of the high floors where the glazing has recently been installed, but where the units are otherwise still bare concrete.
Much further down, we stopped in to see a two-storey loft suite on the 7th and 8th floors. These suites can easily be identified from outside the building through their double-height balconies.
Down here a number of the finishes have gone in, including the drywall, glass railing on the stairway and some kitchen cabinetry, while a lot more remains to be done.
Above the podium, X2's outdoor terrace will provide lots of space for residents to enjoy being outside. Here they will find areas to relax with a book, talk with friends, eat together, swim, or lounge poolside. The lap pool is practically the full length of the podium, and is located in the sunniest spot along with the lounging chairs. The pool will be set off with stone that will cover the concrete parapet wall you can see at the end of the deck.
Another of the features of the podium are some deep pits for planting trees in; that's where the pink-coloured insulating material is that you can see in the image above. A double line of sizeable trees will rise from the pits, crossing the terrace from north to south. Under the trees' canopy will be space for residents to relax on an ipe wood deck: we are looking forward to seeing how much this area has transformed by this time next year!
Inside are about a dozen different rooms designed to cater to any and all types of activity. The ceilings are nice and high in here, making the rooms quite spacious. The first amenity space we took a look at is the yoga-aerobics-pilates studio, above, which overlooks the outdoor terrace. Plasterwork for its ceiling was just being completed in advance of painting. Below, and directly across the hall to the north, is where residents will have access to a library and lounge area.
It leads into a piano lounge, pictured below, which overlooks sibling development X Condos as well as the Jarvis/Mount Pleasant/Charles Street intersection below.
There are plenty more spaces on the amenity level now being worked on, including dining lounges, a kitchen and bar, a billiards room, fitness training, cardio and weight rooms, and change rooms outfitted with steam rooms. We bet a lot of people will spend a lot of time on these floors.
We made a last stop at ground level. While some of the area along Jarvis continues to operate as a staging area for various construction needs, the area is now busy with work to complete the ground floor exterior.
Inside the windows here we can see a large retail space taking shape. The developers aren't quite ready to say what or who will be going in here, but the space here would make for a great urban format grocery store. We know the residents and neighbourhood would be happy to hear that. Coming announcement anyone?
We hope to be back at X2 when things are wrapping up here. We know a major Shayne Dark public art installation is coming which will complement his work across the street at X, and we are looking forward to seeing the building's spaces with their finishes and furnishings.
In the mean time, additional information and renderings can be found in our dataBase file for X2, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum threads, or leave a comment in the space provided at the bottom of this page.
|Related Companies:||Baker Real Estate Inc., Cecconi Simone, Great Gulf, Isotherm Engineering Ltd., Janet Rosenberg + Studio, Ketchum, Lifetime Developments, TUCKER HIRISE Construction, Wallman Architects|