With construction of Pinnacle International's Pinnacle on Adelaide closing in on completion, many have been wondering what is in the works for the parking lot across John Street to the east, also owned by Pinnacle. The developer submitted a rezoning application to the city in early 2012, and in the time since, working drawings have been leaked sporadically. Today we have a much better idea of what's in store for this spot, with the release of a rendering for Pinnacle's The PJ Condos.
If our rendering-analyzing system of squinting and counting is accurate, the PJ, short for Pearl & John, and designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects, will take the form of a 41-storey point tower rising from a 5-storey, brick-clad podium. The tower's final shape remains a mystery at this point as only the north and west sides can be seen in the one rendering released to the public so far, but we know at least that we are not looking at a rectangular box, and instead see that there have been a couple of sides sculpted away.
In the more close-up image above, we can see that the development narrows as it continues north, allowing a ground level public piazza at the corner of John and Adelaide. Where the tower meets the podium, the west elevation has had a slice taken out of it to allow the wider sidewalks on John Street below, while upper storeys angle out to run eventually parallel to Toronto's street grid.
The tower's crown appears to feature an illuminated jewel box mechanical area up top, while the acute angle on the west wall makes it impossible to say for sure, but that just may be brick all the way to the top. We're looking forward to confirming more when the powers that be area ready to fill in the details!
We will be back with updates as more information emerges about PJ Condos. Until then, renderings and information can be found in the PJ Condos dataBase file, 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.
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