The distinctive design of Pinnacle International's PJ Condos continues to coalesce as the angular building grows taller in Toronto's Entertainment. Since starting construction in early 2017, the project has undergone shoring, excavation, and forming of its underground levels before it began to rise above grade and display its unconventional approach to creating an open space on the southeast corner of Adelaide and John streets.
We last checked in on construction of the Hariri Pontarini Architects and Turner Fleischer Architects-designed building just over three months ago when the first canted columns had appeared along the tower's west facade, then just hinting at the tower's dramatic overhang. Forming of the ever-larger floors that create the angled section that projects out over John Street is now wrapping up: as if the 15th storey, the floor plate is now at its maximum size. At the same time, the north facade's off-centre chevron shape has become more obvious too: this building is not a rectangular box.
Cladding installation has also moved significantly forward in the last three months. The first precast concrete panels with embedded crimson ironspot brick veneers were installed in July, and this material now covers the entire podium, as well as sections of the angled west facade. The first sections of window wall has now been installed too, at the north end of the wedge-shaped podium in the image above.
The building's angle defines the wedge-shaped public plaza that will expand the John Street public realm here. With street furniture that extends the Janet Rosenberg + Studio design of sibling development Pinnacle on Adelaide on the other side of John, PJ's public realm will feature more of the illuminated light poles that populate the public space to the west.
Additional information and images 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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