Like many other streets in Toronto, Dupont Street has started its transformation from a post-industrial thoroughfare to a more urban and pedestrian-friendly avenue to live, work, and play. At the corner of Lansdowne and Dupont, Neudorfer Corporation is in the process of building two condominium towers, known as Fuse & Fuse2 Condos.

Phase 1 of Fuse Condos is now standing 20 storeys above ground, picture by Nicolas Arnaud-Goddet

Designed by Barrett Architect Inc., this development and its 576 units is scheduled for full delivery in the Fall of 2016. We have extensively covered the first steps of the construction of these 23 and 27-storey towers. This month, a new milestone has however been reached, with the first elements of pre-cast cladding and bricks being installed on the now 20-storey east tower.

Looking south at phase 1 and the elements of cladding recently installed, picture by Nicolas Arnaud-Goddet

In the picture above, we can see that a few sections of the structure are gradually being clad with precast concrete panels, covering parts of the facade while delimitating the spaces for the yet-to-be-installed windows. Only the north side of the tower boasts these panels so far, although a single panel is now visible on the lower west side of the structure. More will be put in place in the upcoming weeks, to eventually cover much of the building's exterior. Between the precast frames with their punched windows, runs of window wall and glazed balconies will add more reflectivity to Fuse's exterior.

Bricks have made the appearance in the parking garage structure, picture by Nicolas Arnaud-Goddet

Bricks, meanwhile, have started to appear on what will be the public's and residents' entrances to their respective parking garages. Even though they are lighter than the bricks used on the heritage structure along Dupont, they match the project's base and provide contextual continuity with the restored warehouse. The same material as well as some original bricks retrieved from the warehouse during its transformation will be applied to the bases of each building of the development, up to five storeys in height.

Phase 2 is close to reaching ground level, picture by Nicolas Arnaud-Goddet

On the west side of the construction site, the 23-storey high phase 2 is making its way to street level, as the underground parking lot aims towards completion. In the mean time, along Lansdowne Avenue on the other end of the site, the section of the historical warehouse that was demolished to accommodate the construction of phase 1 has started to be rebuilt, and concrete pillars are being cast. This section will eventually end up against the rail corridor right-of-way.

The previously demolished structure is being rebuilt along Lansdowne, picture by Nicolas Arnaud-Goddet

Additional information and renderings can be found in our dataBase file for Fuse and Fuse2, 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:  Barrett Architect Inc., Burka Architects, CSEI-Intron Engineering Inc., Milborne Group, Neudorfer Corporation, TMG Builders