A new corridor of mid-rise residential density is emerging on the north side of Dupont Street in Central Toronto, with a handful of projects planned and under construction on the stretch between Spadina Road and Ossington Avenue. Among the few already under construction, the 0.67-hectare site of a pair of former industrial buildings between Albany and Howland avenues is being built out with a new mid-rise condominium building from Tridel, known as Bianca.

Looking northwest to Bianca, image by Forum contributor AlbertC

The nine-storey, Teeple Architects-designed development has been underway since site clearing began in mid-2018. This was followed by shoring and excavation, followed by the installation of a tower crane in July, 2019. One year later, forming of the underground levels and the first several floors of the building have been completed. Standing seven storeys with forming underway for the eighth level, Bianca is rapidly closing in on its final height of 37.79 metres. One more residential level and a mechanical level will follow before the building tops out.

Looking northeast to Bianca, image by Forum contributor AlbertC

As topping out approaches, another construction milestone was recently achieved in the first panels of exterior cladding having been applied: white precast panels have been spotted along the first and second floors around the building's southeast corner. This area of the building is also set to feature gold finishes marking the residential entrance.

Cladding at Bianca, image by Forum contributor AlbertC

The rise of the building over the past several months has begun to hint at the massing's push-pull geometry, with a series of intersecting rectilinear volumes that will create terraces and frame inset balconies. This design feature will grow more prominent as cladding installation progresses further up the building, adding definition.

Looking northwest to Bianca, image courtesy of Tridel

Once complete, Bianca will bring 216 condominium units to a stretch of Dupont expected to witness a major surge in residential density over the next several years.

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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