Closing in on four years since Great Gulf broke ground on their Yonge & Rich Condominiums development in Downtown Toronto, the 46-storey architectsAlliance and Graziani + Corazza Architects-designed project is rising fast at the corner of Richmond and Victoria streets. As it heads to its eventual 156-metre height, the project's exterior finishes are being installed.
We last checked in on construction progress back in late July, when the tower had risen 16 storeys above street level, and the first exterior finishes had begun to appear on and above the four-storey podium. Just shy of four months later, the tower now stands 29 storeys high, roughly 63% of the way towards its final height. At the current rate of forming, the building is expected to top out early in 2020.
Cladding installation has progressed significantly since the intial details were spotted back in the summer. Cladding now stretches as high as the 13th floor, revealing a mix of window wall cladding with clear glazing and a pattern of opaque white spandrel panels. Balcony finishes have also started to appear, with fritted white glass guards spotted as high as the 9th floor so far.
The so far seems to reveal that changes have been made since marketing renderings were released. While no planning documents depicting the updated design are publicly available, some obvious revisions are present in both the massing and finishes. A staggered push/pull balcony arrangement for the north tower appears to have been removed, while a slate finish precast stands in place of where copper-hued finishes were depicted in early podium renderings.
Additional information and the marketing 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 below.
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