A new condominium is quickly rising above the southeast corner of Queen and Sudbury streets, at the former site of the Gladstone Cafe in Toronto's West Queen West neighbourhood. Since ground was broken in 2019, Skale Developments1181 Queen Street West has been growing on the triangular lot into a 15-storey, BDP Quadrangle-designed building. 

Our last update on the project in June shared that crews were pouring the fourth and fifth floors above Queen Street. Now, that progress has advanced to the ninth floor. 

Looking southeast to 1181 Queen West, image by Forum contributor AlbertC

Along Queen we can now see the building starting to take its staircase-like incline, with higher floors offering an increasingly smaller square footage than the levels below them, while behind the Queen Street face, the building is growing in a modified C-shape around a courtyard. 

Shoring in place at 1181 Queen West, image by Forum contributor WestEnd

The building's wedge appearance is a design response to the site's triangular shape and surroundings; the design is meant to complement the neighbouring low-rise heritage buildings that exist opposite it on the north side of Queen, while also meeting the heights of the taller, newer buildings that exist to its east.

As construction continues, exterior materials including white brick, stone, aluminum, and concrete will set the tower apart from the more commonly darker-hued buildings of the area.

Looking east to 1181 Queen West, image courtesy of Skale

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 in the space provided on this page.

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Related Companies:  BDP Quadrangle, DesignAgency, Isotherm Engineering Ltd., Land Art Design Landscape Architects Inc, Live Patrol Inc., McIntosh Perry, Skale Developments, Vortex Fire Consulting Inc.