We last checked in on FIVE Condos a month ago when the 48-storey condominium tower by MOD, Graywood and Five St. Joseph Developments had recently topped off at St. Joseph and Yonge Streets, just north of Wellesley. Designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects with heritage work by specialist ERA Architects, there is still much to accomplish on the development, including the completion of exterior cladding, the installation of the unique balcony glazing, finishing work on the suites, common areas and amenities, and the retrofitting of the retail spaces at ground level.
While the skyline has gained a new peak, the development is making an impressive contribution at ground level where FIVE is incorporating the 1905 Gothic revival façade of both 5 St. Joseph and a row of Victorian commercial properties which front onto Yonge Street.
Work is progressing on the interiors of the Yonge Street heritage block. At ground level they will house retail, while condo suites will be featured above. While exterior walls were able to be saved in the Yonge Street buildings, new steel floors will replace the degraded older ones.
The four-storey heritage façade on St. Joseph Street is now firmly secured to the concrete skeleton of the new structure's podium, and the ground floor of the preserved façade will soon serve as a grand entrance to the new condominium tower's lobby. The upper floors of FIVE's podium have punched windows that make this historic warehouse façade a rarity among Toronto's otherwise currently overwhelmingly modern offerings.
Up near the top of the tower, there are some interesting corners now forming, including a south-side terrace for the residents of this 47th floor unit.
Extensive views await the residents of these higher-floor suites. In the shots below from the 46th and 47th floors, you can see for many kilometers in every direction, even on a cloudy November day.Among the more impressive vistas awaiting residents of the new development, the south-facing view from FIVE's upper floors will be tough to compete with. In the image below, snapped from what will be a private terrace on the 47th floor, we can see Toronto's impressive core.
Facing west, upper floors currently look out over the tops of nearby Bay Street high-rises, and across Queens Park's treed expanse to the U of T's green spaces and far beyond, while the growing Humber Bay skyline of southern Etobicoke will be cut off by a coming height extension to the former Sutton Place Hotel, soon to be 'The Britt'.
To the northeast, the high-rises of the Bloor-Yorkville and Church-Wellesley neighbourhoods have quite an impact on the view. New additions to the skyline like CHAZ Yorkville Condos and X2 continue to transform this ever-changing vista.
When complete, the 161 metre/528 foot-tall development will add 539 condominium suites to an area of Toronto that continues to witness rapid densification and a revitalized pedestrian realm.
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