A new purpose-built rental tower is making an impact above 57 Spadina Avenue, just south of King Street in Downtown Toronto. Under construction since summer 2018, the luxury rental tower known as The Taylor will eventually reach a height of 36 storeys on the east side of Spadina, with a design by Diamond Schmitt Architects working with Graziani + Corazza Architects. Developed by Tricon in partnership with MOD Developments, the project will feature residential atop two levels of retail space that will include a grocery store, and two levels of commercial office space.

Looking northeast to The Taylor, image by Forum contributor Red Mars

We last checked in on construction in March, when forming had progressed to the third floor of the building's 12-storey podium, including a multi-storey concrete support spanning through the commercial base. In the seven months since, forming has advanced to the 12th and final podium floor, with the building now standing at approximately one-third of its final 121-metre height. The rise of the podium has since revealed a rear step-back above the building's eighth floor.

Looking southeast to The Taylor, image by Forum contributor Red Mars

As the building ascends, the first exterior finishes have begun to appear on lower levels in the form of precast panels with brick cladding in a dark tri-colour mix. The brick-faced panels have begun to form a grid that will cover the majority of the podium, along with a central vertical section of the tower, articulating the cereal box-like massing to give it the appearance of multiple volumes. The panels will frame cladding of vision glazing with grey aluminum mullions and slab edge covers, along with clear glass balcony guards. Stone finishes are planned at grade.

Cladding detail at The Taylor, image by Forum contributor Red Mars

Once complete, the project will introduce 286 rental units to a growing node of residential density around the King and Spadina intersection. At street-level, the building's 1,589 m² of retail space across the lower two levels is to include The Market By Longos, an urban concept grocery store. Above, 2,561 m² of office space will bring further employment space to the block, complementing the large addition of residential units.

Looking north to The Taylor, image via submission to City of Toronto

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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Related Companies:  Diamond Schmitt Architects, EQ Building Performance Inc., Graziani + Corazza Architects, Janet Rosenberg & Studio, Live Patrol Inc., McIntosh Perry, RJC Engineers, Tricon Capital Group Inc., VDF Vertical, WND Associates Ltd