The Yonge & Davisville area has long been one of Midtown Toronto's densest residential communities, with a large cluster of high-rise development dating back to a previous construction boom in the 1970s. Since then, the mid-century Modernist architecture of the time now veers towards a more affective Postmodernism, as much of Toronto's recent high-rise construction bears the sort of ornamental flourishes generally absent in Modernist formalism.
Currently under construction, Balliol Park presents an uncommon addition to Toronto's current high-rise construction, with a style that—while distinctly contemporary with its staggered balcony placement—remains in keeping with the aesthetic qualities of the midtown neighborhood.
When we last checked in early this year, the 14 and 30-storey Shiplake rental buildings designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects were just about to reach grade. Now, new photos of the south building (seen in front on the rendering above) rises to almost half of its final height.
Following shoring and excavation, construction has progressed at a healthy pace, with the buildings set to welcome their first occupants in 2016. A closer look at the site (below) shows the south building's exterior columns, which will house a spacious lobby, as well as townhouse units at the building's base.
The north building, meanwhile, has not progressed as far, with recent photos showing construction just above grade. Its pace of construction is expected to accelerate after it passes its unique grade level floor, however, meaning it will not be too long before we see it rising into the midtown skyline as well.
The project is also set to feature a new neighborhood park—designed by landscape architecture firm gh3—to replace the green space that previously occupied the site, potentially making the area a focal point of community life.
We will return with updates and new photos as construction of Balliol Park continues to progress over the coming months. In the meantime, check out our dataBase page, linked below, For more renderings and information. You can join the discussion in our associated Forum thread, or leave a comment in the space provided on this page.
|Related Companies:||Diamond Schmitt Architects, gh3, Quest Window Systems, Shiplake Management Company|