It has been several months since we last visited the Queen West site of BSäR Group Of Companies' 12 Degrees for an update on the construction of the 11-storey, Core Architects-designed condominium development. In the time since our previous update in March of this year, installation of the building's clear window wall and grey spandrel cladding has been completed, and the exterior hoist has been removed from the building's western elevation.
With the upper floors fully clad now, the building's 12 degree rotation of three floors is more obvious, (with a fourth rotated floor partially hidden by an overhang), providing a little eye candy for those going past the building: looking up here delivers more than the typical rewards.
With the hoist down and window installation complete, the only major exterior element left to finish before the exterior reaches apparent completion is the installation of the remaining dark "Wiarton black" split-faced limestone on the building's lower floors. A scaffold covers roughly one third of the lower three floors' Beverley Street frontage to allow installation of the final sections of stone.
Though the building's unconventional design sets it apart from its surroundings, the stone cladding found on the lower floors of 12 Degrees acts as a contextual bridge, creating a dialogue between the Victorian homes to the north and the modern condominium building above.
If you have noticed that the rotated three floors have had a slice taken out of them at their northwest corner, you are not the only one. The architect's plan was to complete the 12 degree rotation at the corner, having the sides meet at a 90 degree angle, but the City insisted upon a step back, not compromising on building rules for fear of setting a precedent.
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|Related Companies:||BSäR Group Of Companies, Core Architects, L.A. Inc., Studio Munge|