Years of construction are starting to pay off in Toronto's East Bayfront, where a new neighbourhood is beginning to replace a stretch of de-industrialized waterfront. Among the larger developments adding residential and employment space to the area, Daniels Waterfront - City of the Arts is building out the site of a former night club and warehouse with a mixed-use community. Work has already wrapped up on the project's office component, 130 QQE, as work continues on the residential components, a pair of Giannone Petricone-designed condominium buildings known as the Lighthouse Towers.
The residential towers stood at heights of 16 and 22 storeys at the time of our last update back in January. In the months since, the towers have risen much taller, now at heights of 33 and 40 storeys. At the current rate of forming, the towers are expected to reach their final heights of 413 ft/126 m/35 storeys and 512 ft/156 m/45-storeys within the next couple of months.
Cladding installation is another element of work that has made much visible progress over the last few months. At the time of our last update, the main building envelope—a window wall system with multiple shades of tan-toned spandrel panels, clear glass, and mechanical louvres—was just getting going. These materials now enclose much of the towers, and are being joined by two different balcony treatments for the pair of towers.
The taller west tower features a standard full-length balcony arrangement, its glass balcony guards to combine to form a pattern of concentric circles that will become the tower's main exterior feature. The west tower's balcony pattern is now starting to come together, visible in the image above. The east tower's balconies are arranged differently, with interruptions that will create an organic shape on the east facade.
At ground level, the complex extends the public realm established on the south side of Queens Quay by a northern addition to Sugar Beach with its famous pink umbrellas. Nearly complete, the landscaped space will be filled out with additional outdoor furniture.
An east-west public space called The Yard will bring the public realm through the site between the office building and residential towers. This retail-lined pedestrian mid-block connection will eventually face new streets to the west—an extension of Harbour Street from the South Core area—and a new neighbourhood street to the east that will take people to Sherbourne Common.
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