It has only been a few weeks since we last checked in on the construction progress of St. Thomas Commercial Developments7 St. Thomas, though we can barely keep away from the striking new office condominium development in Toronto's Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood. Since our previous update on the first day of this month, the 9-storey, Hariri Pontarini-designed project has had two more rows of curving curtain wall cladding installed, bringing the building's dramatic exterior expression closer to completion.

7 St. Thomas, image by Forum contributor Benito

At the time of our previous update, the building's 9th and final habitable floor was in the process of being formed. Since then, work on forming the mechanical penthouse level above has been initiated and completed, meaning that the structure has topped out at the intersection of Sultan and St. Thomas Streets, just to the southwest of Bay and Bloor.

Mechanical penthouse visible atop 7 St. Thomas, image by Forum contributor Benito

The development has been a favourite for UT shutterbugs, drawn towards its undulating fritted-glass envelope. This design feature will plug to the ground on the south side and east end—complemented by masonry walls near ground level—all behind the preserved facades of heritage Victorian homes to the north and west.

Curved glazing at 7 St. Thomas, image by Forum contributor Benito

Northeast-facing rendering of 7 St. Thomas, image courtesy of St. Thomas Commercial Developments

As cladding installation progresses towards the top of the building, the reconstruction of the gables on the block's row of preserved Victorian townhome facades is simultaneously moving forward. The frames of these projections are being rebuilt with structural steel, and will eventually be re-skinned to match the heritage materials.

Historic roof reconstructions at 7 St. Thomas, image by Forum contributor Benito

We will keep you updated on this project as more information becomes available. In the meantime, additional information and renderings can be found in our dataBase file for the project, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum thread, or leave a comment using the space provided at the bottom of this page. 

Related Companies:  gh3, Hariri Pontarini Architects