It was in October of 2014 when we last looked in on a pair of projects now under construction by Streetcar Developments in Toronto's Leslieville neighbourhood. Side-by-side on Dundas Street East at Carlaw Avenue in Toronto's Leslieville neighbourhood are the eponymously named The Carlaw, and The Taylor. In the three months since our last report, significant progress has been made on the cladding of The Carlaw, while The Taylor is now nearing ground level.

Looking northeast at The Carlaw, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor aiekon

Both buildings are designed by TACT Architecture in a modern idiom with alternating exterior treatments and colliding and staggered volumes to break down the long-and-low design into visually engaging components.

West façade of The Carlaw, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor aiekon

While glass, steel, and precast dominate the prominent southwest corner of The Carlaw, the façade at the northwest and southeast ends of the L-shaped building are marked by brick, a transition that relates to the predominantly brick warehouses and manufacturing plants remaining from the area's previous industrial incarnation.

Bricks on the west façade of The Carlaw, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor aiekon

The Taylor, also to feature a varied façade, will be 7 storeys tall compared to The Carlaw's 12 storeys, but as the more recent of the two projects to go under construction, it has not yet risen above ground. Excavation of the sire is complete however, and more is progressing on the building's foundation and underground garage. A shot from last November shows the lowest level and the next above it going in around the base of the building's crane.  

Underground garage work for The Taylor on November 23, 2014, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor aiekon

Six weeks later, that second garage slab has been completed and walls and pillars are being formed in the pit. The Taylor will peek above ground level shortly.

Underground garage work for The Taylor on January 2, 2015, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor aiekon

Additional information, including renderings and floor plans of what the finished buildings and suites will look like, can be found in our dataBase files, 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., Dream Unlimited, Giovanni A. Tassone Architects, Kentwood, Seven Haus Design, Streetcar Developments, TACT Architecture, tcgpr (The Communications Group), The Walsh Group