As construction of the mixed-use commercial portion of The Daniels Corporation's City of the Arts reaches above grade on Queens Quay, more information is quickly becoming available about the residential towers immediately to the north. Earlier this Summer, we got a fuller look at the 45-storey Lighthouse Tower, which will be the mixed-use community's tallest building.
Rising above an eclectic cluster of office condos, non-profit organizations, 240,000 ft² of post-secondary academic facilities, and 27,000 ft² of street-level retail, the Giannone Petricone-designed building will be joined by the 36-storey "Lighthouse East Tower," with the first rendering of the project recently coming to light.
Like its taller counterpart to the west, the residential tower will be designed by Toronto's Giannone Petricone, with the first available rendering highlighting the building's east elevation. While we know the East Tower will share a podium—and an amenity terrace—with its 45-storey neighbour, floorplans and an amenities list for the building have not yet been released.
Taken together, the two towers will bring approximately 650,000 ft² of residential space to Toronto's waterfront. The residential towers will be separated from—and linked to—the commercial complex on Queens Quay via an east-west 'outdoor living room' marketed as 'The Yard' (above). The space will be animated with retail and restaurants, with the mix of students, office workers, and residents programmed to foster 24-hour vitality. At the southwest corner of the site where Queens Quay and Lower Jarvis meet, the Daniels community will also feature a northward extension of the popular Sugar Beach.
Next month, we will return with a construction update for the project. As it stands, the two RAW-designed commercial towers are beginning to assert a street-level presence on Queens Quay, while preparatory site work is commencing to the north.
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