At the time of our most recent article covering Plaza's Musée Condos, the 17-storey Quadrangle Architects-designed condominium development in Toronto's King West neighbourhood was just shy of topping off. In the months since our last visit, the development has since reached its final height on Adelaide east of Bathurst, and the installation of cladding is now in the process of sealing off the building's upper levels.

Musée Condos viewed from the east on Adelaide, image by Jack Landau

The development's 7-storey podium volume fronting Adelaide Street West is now fully clad in black precast with black granite chips, with punched windows accented with dashes of colourful red and orange spandrels.

Musée Condos' 7-storey base, image by Jack Landau

Still dusty from the work going on, the granite chips should add some lustre to the precast when construction-related dust and grime is power washed from the precast panels upon completion.

In the meantime, balcony glazing is also being installed, either with clear glass with a pattern of horizontal frit, or with partial precast panels with glass inserts, providing more privacy for residents while still allowing ample light to pass through.

Cladding and balcony glazing detail on Musée Condos' 7-storey base, image by Jack Landau

The development will bring some major public realm improvements to the block, including a ground-level open-air galleria connecting Adelaide Street to a new 8,000 square foot park at the southeast corner of the site. Windows were recently installed on either side of the future galleria, while the space's distinctive sculptural concrete support columns are temporarily protected by plywood coverings as work continues around them.

Musée's ground level open-air galleria, image by Jack Landau

The future site of the 8,000 square foot park is currently in use as a construction staging area, though it isn't too difficult to picture the space filled with greenery and local residents.

Staging area and future park at the southeast corner of the site, image by Jack Landau

Next door, Harhay's oneeleven Condos —a 17-storey Core Architects-designed condo development—is fully clad and recently had its ground-level construction hoarding removed. That development's addition of 255 condominium units and ground floor retail means that by the time of the first move-ins at Musée, the neighbourhood experience here will already be that much better.

Musée (left) and oneeleven (right), image by Jack Landau

Additional information and renderings can be found in our Musée and oneeleven dataBase files, linked below. Want to talk about the projects? Choose one of the associated Forum thread links, or leave your comment in the space provided at the bottom of this page.

Related Companies:  Baker Real Estate Inc., Carttera Private Equities, Core Architects, Harhay Developments, II BY IV DESIGN, Patton Design Studio, Plaza, Quadrangle, Quest Window Systems, The Planning Partnership, The Walsh Group