One of Toronto's fastest growing skylines is in an area that many would not expect, nestled along the Lake Ontario waterfront area of south Etobicoke, until recently a low-rise motel strip and since renamed 'Humber Bay Shores'.

The first three Westlake condos are now making a major statement on the Humber Bay Shore skyline, image by Craig White

Westlake Condos by the Onni Group is the latest addition to the burgeoning area. With three towers now on the rise heading to 39, 46, and 48 storeys, and all growing from a central village street lined by retail podiums, the complex will make the greatest contribution yet to the area's transformation from suburban motels and manufacturing and warehousing to a busy new neighbourhood.

Westlake seen from the south, with Beyond The Sea to the left, image by Craig White

Designed by Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects, the complex features dark reflective glass, dark mullions and spandrels, and some silver stripes which are just starting to appear. One of those stripes—an aluminum cladding over a concrete fin—is currently being installed on the southwest side of the tallest of the towers.

Stripe coming up: Westlake rising into the Humber Bay Shores sky, image by Craig White

Stripe and sky-reflecting glazing at Westlake, image by Craig White

Back down at ground level, the view below gives an idea of how the towers meet the Mimico Creek ravine which they border. The closest of the two towers to Lake Shore curves to follow the creek's bend.

Westlake curves alongside the Mimico Creek ravine, image by Craig White

The lower two floors along the ravine feature red-brick clad townhomes facing the green space. Give it another month, and you won't be able to see across from the other side due to all the leaves.

Brick-fronted townhomes line the Mimico Creek ravine at Westlake condos, image by Craig White

Over on the northeast side of the complex where Lake Shore Boulevard meet Park Lawn Road, Westlake presents an urban face. Coming up close to the sidewalk, Westlake will present a number of stores and services for the area's growing population.

An urban corner for a suburban zone in transition, image by Craig White

Retail podium lines up along Park Lawn Road at Westlake, image by Craig White

The podium will feature a Metro Grocery store, a Shoppers Drug Mart, a TD Bank, and more.

Window installation under way at Westlake in Humber Bay Shores, image by Craig White

A fourth and final tower is now in the sales stage for the northwest corner of the site, the 45-storey Westlake Encore. It, and the whole complex including the internal street and shops and the residential amenities the buildings will provide, can be seen in the video below.

Want to know more about Westlake or Westlake Encore? Check out UrbanToronto's dataBase files for the projects, linked below. Want to talk about it? You can get in on the discussion in one of the associated Forum threads, or leave a comment in the space provided on this page.

Related Companies:  Ferris + Associates Inc., Jablonsky, Ast and Partners, Kentwood, Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects, Quest Window Systems, The Onni Group