Danish design influence on Hines' latest development, 88 Bathurst, is becoming ever more apparent as construction continues on the site. Designed by the acclaimed Danish architectural firm 3XN, this project aspires towards a fusion of high-end residential living with cutting-edge commercial and retail space. As the year draws to a close, the King West development has ascended to its 13th floor, on its way to its final count of 17 storeys, with the installation on the coloured aluminum cladding beginning to make a mark on the building.

Looking southwest to 88 Bathurst Street, designed by 3XN for Hines

In our last update this past August, the tower had reached the last of its atypical podium floors. It has since risen steadily, marking significant vertical progress on the repeating residential floors.

In September, we look west across Bathurst Street to observe the lower levels of he project, where windows are being installed for the commercial space on the second storey. The full floor-to ceiling size of the windows indicates abundant natural light for the offices that will be here. On the third floor, construction crew members stand behind safety barriers, surveying the site.

The glazing and steel frames of the podium, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor Red Mars

Two months later, the shot below captures forming work on the highest level so far, the 11th, while a concrete pour is underway, one crew member behind the crane-hoisted bucket, guiding where the concrete pours out for an even distribution. 

Construction crew working on a concrete pour, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor AHK

At ground level, a view looking southeast showcases the progress on the building’s exterior where orangey-brown aluminum cladding now adorns the first storey, while both commercial office floors are glazed above. The coloured panels, initially imagined as gold-coloured, as per the rendering at the top of this story, are being applied in essentially the same tone as what is going on the walls at Aqualuna at Bayside, another 3XN-designed building that was featured in today's Daily Photo, also for developer Hines.

The glazing and initial aluminum cladding installation, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor Red Mars

A December street view looking southwest from the intersection of King and Bathurst depicts the structure reaching approximately 13 storeys, with the 13th floor in the formative stages. Two cranes rise overhead, the more southerly one nearly hidden in this view. The orangey-brown aluminum cladding and windows can be seen on the first two residential storeys above the podium. In addition, this vantage point clearly shows the recessed amenities floor between the podium and the tower.

Looking southwest to the tower from King Street West, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor rdaner

Finally, a close-up, below, delivers a clear view of cladding and glass installation progress on the growing building. The details of the frames and the consistent reflections on the glass surface are indicative of high-quality materials. Above the glazing of the commercial floors, the thick concrete transfer slab above the fourth floor further emphasizes where the residential levels begin.

Looking upwards to the aluminum cladding of the tower levels, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor rdaner

As the installation of cladding and glazing progresses, the continued vertical growth of 88 Bathurst brings the project closer to the developer's vision. Upon its completion, the 68.3m-high tower will house 307 residential units.

UrbanToronto will continue to follow progress on this development, but in the meantime, you can learn more about it from our Database file, linked below. If you'd like, 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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