It's been a busy five months since we last covered construction of Tridel's Via Bloor, a two-tower condo development coming to Bloor and Parliament in central Toronto. Construction of the 38 and 46-storey architectsAlliance-designed towers commenced roughly two years ago, and when we last checked in back in August, crews were busy forming the four-level underground garage that will house parking and other services for the two towers above.

Looking southwest to Via Bloor, image by Forum contributor AlbertC

In the months since, work has taken the forming from the P2 slab up above the Bloor and Parliament intersection. The third floor of the complex is now taking shape, and only one more level remains to form of the towers’ shared podium structure. Above podium, the towers’ signature curving floor-plates will begin to appear as they rise in the coming months.

Looking south to Via Bloor, image by Forum contributor AlbertC

One of the podium's signature design elements is now taking shape at the far east end of the site where a trio of canted cylindrical concrete columns are now evident: they can just be made out in the image below beside the traffic lights across the intersection. These will provide support for the east tower's cantilevered east end, where its rounded floor-plates will overhang a new wedge-shaped public space at the angled intersection of Bloor, Parliament, and Howard streets.  

Looking west to Via Bloor, image by Forum contributor lightarchitect

The pace of forming will increase considerably in the coming months once the podium is cleared and work begins on pouring the repeating floor layouts of the two towers. Once complete, the project will broaden the mix of housing types in the St James Town neighbourhood, making it more of a mixed-income area, and at ground level, 16,000 ft² of retail space plus all of the new residents will bring some animation the long-quiet strip stretch along Bloor Street.

Looking northwest to Via Bloor, image courtesy of Tridel

You can learn more from our Database file for the project, linked below. If you'd like to, you can join in on the conversation in the associated Project Forum thread, or leave a comment in the space provided on this page.

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Related Companies:  architectsAlliance, COUNTERPOINT ENGINEERING, Kramer Design Associates Limited, Live Patrol Inc., Tridel