The intersection of Jarvis and Charles Streets has undergone major changes over the past decade, adding significant new residential density to an area of Toronto that had previously been the site of modest office buildings. Back on May 1, 2006, Charles Street's eastern terminus at Jarvis was flanked by the 3-storey Pizza Pizza headquarters—marked by the famous phone number—at 580, and the 7-storey, red-brick former Metro Toronto Police Headquarters behind it at 590. 590 Jarvis would be taken down in 2007 to make way for the construction of Great Gulf's X The Condominium, while 580 Jarvis would follow in 2010 to make way for second phase X2 Condominiums.

View northwest towards the corner of Jarvis and Charles, May 1, 2006, image by Edward Skira

A few days shy of a decade later, on April 27, 2016, the scene has been dramatically transformed by the addition of two new structures. The 44-storey, architectsAlliance-designed X along with the 49-storey, Wallman Architects-designed X2 feature a design which references the language of the late architect Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe. Both structures contribute to the surrounding public realm with two public art installations by artist Shayne Dark called 'Double Take' and 'Double Vision'.

View northwest towards the corner of Jarvis and Charles, April 27, 2016, image by Marcus Mitanis

We will return next week with another look at the changing face of Toronto!

Related Companies:  architectsAlliance, Baker Real Estate Inc., Bousfields, Cecconi Simone, Great Gulf, Isotherm Engineering Ltd., Janet Rosenberg + Studio, Ketchum, Lifetime Developments, TUCKER HIRISE Construction, Wallman Architects