Just west of Yonge Street, Eight Cumberland by Great Gulf and Phantom Developments is now set to add to a 51-storey presence to Toronto's Yorkville skyline. Initially proposed as a 64-storey tower last year by another architect, the now architectsAlliance-designed project was scaled down and refined during the planning process, culminating in our first full look at the redesigned condominium. 

From the southwest, a full view of Eight Cumberland, image courtesy of Great Gulf / Phantom

While the previously publicized worm's eye view (below) offered a glimpse of the west elevation—characterized by a series of extruded fins—the new rendering seen above shows the tower in its urban context. Viewed from the southeast, the rendering above shows the tower rising immediately west of Yonge Street's retained and restored retail frontages.

A worm's eye view of Eight Cumberland's west frontage, image courtesy of Phantom / Great Gulf

Responding to a compact urban site, the body of the tower will be cantilevered over a slim base structure. Supporting the larger tower above, the base will meet Cumberland Street with a slightly extruded residential entrance framed by stone accents. Unlike the west elevation, the tower's other frontages will not be lined by rows of vertical fins: soperating the two typologies, an aluminum frame will span the full length of the tower's west corners.  

A closer view of the south and east frontages, image courtesy of Phantom / Great Gulf

Joining one of Toronto's most exclusive neighbourhoods, the 51-storey tower will feature 371 suites, with the one- to three-bedroom configurations approximately ranging in size from 460 ft² to 2,000 ft². 

Looking west, the 826-834 Yonge Street frontage (left) alongside the 1 Yorkville facades, image via Google Maps

As marketing for the project gets underway, we expect to learn more about the interior appointments and suite designs, as well as the restoration plan for the property's Yonge Street frontage. At 826-834 Yonge, the Eight Cumberland property encompasses five existing retail spaces, taking up the south half of a fine-grained retail block already in the midst of being transformed by Bazis and Plaza's 55-storey 1 Yorkville project—now under construction immediately to the north. Taken together, the two projects will change the face—and the feel—of the street. 

The podium and lower levels, including the Yonge Street frontage (right), image courtesy of Phantom / Great Gulf

We will keep you updated as more information becomes available. In the meantime, make sure to check out our dataBase file, linked below, to learn more about Eight Cumberland. Want to share your thoughts about the project? Leave a comment in the space below this page, or join the ongoing conversation in our associated Forum thread.

Related Companies:  architectsAlliance, Bazis, DesignAgency, ERA Architects, Great Gulf, Isotherm Engineering Ltd., Kramer Design Associates Limited, Live Patrol Inc., NAK Design Group, Phantom Developments, Plaza, PRO-BEL, Rosario "Roy" Varacalli, Ryan Design International, TMG Builders, WND Associates Ltd