In the half-dozen years since the completion of Sugar Beach, Corus Quay, and George Brown College kickstarted investment in Toronto's then relatively barren East Bayfront district, further institutional buildings and public spaces have been constructed in the redevelopment zone. While the working and student populations of the neighbourhood have grown, the residential population in the area has remained nonexistant. This is all set to change as a wave of new growth in about to add a major injection of commercial and residential density to the area. Among them, Daniels Waterfront - City of the Arts is ambitiously positioning itself as the epicentre of this burgeoning community, with a mix of office, institutional, retail, and residential space that would give the mixed-use development a 24-hour street presence.

Looking northwest to Daniels Waterfront, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor WislaHD

The project is capitalizing on the wave of condominium developments under-construction in the area by building its office/commercial component first. Designed by RAW and Rafael + Bigauskas Architects, the building—known as 130 QQE in reference to its address on Queens Quay East—features 11 and 14-storey volumes rising from a shared 4-storey base. When we last checked in on construction one month ago, the building's volumes stood at heights of 9 and 10 storeys. In the weeks since, the volumes have risen another level, with the eastern volume now just one level shy of its final height.

130 QQE office component, image by Edward Skira

Daniels Waterfront's 130 QQE commercial component will add 280,000 ft² of office and institutional space to the East Bayfront District, with space for institutions OCAD University and George Brown College, as well as the Quadrangle-designed Artscape Launchpad and 27,000 ft² of retail space.

130 QQE at Daniels Waterfront, image courtesy of the Daniels Corporation

130 QQE will be followed by two Giannone Petricone-designed condominium towers containing a total of 554 residential units, known as Lighthouse Tower West and East. Last month, a single crane stood over the west end of this future condominium component. A second tower crane has since been installed at the east end of the pit, where the east tower will soon rise. 

Residential site to the north of 130 QQE, image by Edward Skira

Residents of suites in the upper storeys of the towers—reaching heights of 45 and 36 storeys—will enjoy the towers' prominent position on the local skyline, with no tall obstructions in the short distance between them and the waterfront.

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 threads, or leave a comment using the space provided at the bottom of this page

Related Companies:  Cecconi Simone, City Life Realty Ltd., Claude Cormier + Associés, COUNTERPOINT ENGINEERING, Cushman & Wakefield, Giannone Petricone Associates, HOK, Isotherm Engineering Ltd., Kramer Design Associates Limited, Live Patrol Inc., NAK Design Strategies, Rafael + Bigauskas Architects, RAW Design, The Daniels Corporation