It has been a year since the topping-off and a little over five months since the tower crane was dismantled for the 44-storey east tower of Brookfield Office Properties' Bay Adelaide Centre. In the time since this latest milestone was reached, installation of the building's reflective blue curtain wall cladding has been completed on the tower floors, fully revealing the elegant minimalism of the office tower's design.
Designed by KPMB Architects and Adamson Associates Architects, the tower takes design cues from its taller sibling to the west, featuring a similarly hued glazing and a simpler rectilinear design, but one which leaves out the notched corner and the two-tone glass in favour of a cleaner, uniform envelop.
It has only been recently when the last of the glazing panels were applied to the building, filing in places where the crane had been attached, and completing the glass wall surrounding the mechanical penthouse atop the tower.
Of note, this minimalist exterior will soon be adorned at the upper levels, as mounts to install anchor tenant Deloitte's illuminated signage are now in place on the tower's north facade.
While the tower itself appears complete on the Financial District skyline, there is plenty of work left to be done in advance of the first office tenants. At ground level, practically all of the lobby's exterior glazing has been installed, while ground-level exterior support columns are being finished in the same metal caps as seen on the base of the neighbouring west tower.
Other work continues at ground level to finish off the exterior.
Above, opaque panels are still being applied over back of house areas facing Temperance Street, which on Yonge Street an ornate frame surrounds windows for an Italian restaurant named Sud Forno which will open in the heritage component.
At the corner of Yonge and Adelaide Streets, the building's glazing reflects back its neighbours. Below, the less reflective glass of street level is still behind a fence sealing off the sidewalk.
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