We have been keeping a close eye on The Daniels Corporation's new condo development on Bloor Street West, across from High Park. The 14-storey, Diamond Schmitt Architects-designed HighPark Condominiums topped off late last year, and since then, the installation of the building's exterior cladding has made significant progress.
Flanking HighPark Condos' central courtyard, several thousand square feet of retail space are being included on the two arms of the building's ground floor. One of these spaces is to be claimed as the first Toronto location of 7 Enoteca, a popular Italian restaurant from Oakville. Glazing of the retail spaces can be seen over the sidewalk hoarding above.
Brick work is visible on HighPark's two nine-storey arms which jut south towards the park from the building's main volume. As mentioned in a previous article, real bricks are being used for the façades of the arms, creating a warm and rich vibe.
A large protective tarpaulin now covers the building's west façade, allowing bricklayers to continue the masonry work in relative warmth despite the winter cold outside the tarps. A smaller area sealed off against the weather can be seen on the east façade in the previous image.
Cladding installation is also progressing on the north side of the building, where a buff brick covers the ground floor, reflecting the aesthetic of the mid-20th century high-rise apartment blocks found throughout the High Park neighbourhood. Above the buff brick, the cladding switches to a light glass spandrel, but the final look of the building will not be established until after the installation of the balcony glass.
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|Related Companies:||Diamond Schmitt Architects, Isotherm Engineering Ltd., Land Art Design Landscape Architects Inc|