Couture Condos quickly catching up to X’s height

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Couture Condos and X Condos

March 16 2011: Couture Condos and X Condos viewed from the west on Charles Street, between Church and Yonge Streets

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Couture Condos Toronto

March 13 2012: Couture Condos at the 41-storey mark. Cladding and windows have been installed as high as the 24th floor.

 

X Condos and Couture Condos Toronto

March 13 2012: The upper floors of X Condos and Couture Condos are seen here from Sherbourne Street directly to the east

 

Couture Condos and X Condos Toronto

March 13 2012: Here, Couture Condos and X Condos are seen from the southwest, at the intersection of Church and Isabella Streets

 

X Condos and Couture Condos

March 11 2012: X Condos and Couture Condos are captured in this telephoto shot from Broadview Avenue to the southeast

 

Couture Condos and X Condos

March 10 2012: Couture Condos and X Condos viewed from the west on Charles Street, midway between Church and Yonge Streets

 

Closing the gap: Eight months ago, concrete had been poured for only two above-ground levels of the Couture Condos building under construction near Jarvis and Charles Streets. Couture was a mere pipsqueak compared to its next-door neighbour to the south, X Condos, which soared high above with its 44 fully-occupied floors.

Today, by comparison, Couture stands proud at its planned 42 floors and, when viewed from areas to the east and west, appears to rise almost as high as X. But Couture’s mechanical penthouse level still hasn’t been built and, once that’s finished, the tower will overtake X to become the tallest of the two. (According to the Toronto building database on skyscraperpage.com, Couture will rise 141 meters when complete, compared to X’s 138 meters.)

Designed by Graziani + Corazza Architects Inc., Couture is a project by Monarch Group. A big hit with condo buyers, Couture is 98% sold; according to the project website, only 5 units are still available.

Below are some of my recent pics of Couture’s construction progress.

 

Couture Condos

February 13 2012: The east side of Couture, overlooking Ted Rogers Way (the renamed north block of Jarvis Street). At this point, Couture was 32 storeys tall.

 

Couture Condos

February 13 2012: A view of Couture from Hayden Street near Yonge Street.

 

Couture Condos

February 13 2012: Couture’s top levels viewed from the east end of Hayden Street

 

Couture Condos and X Condos

February 13 2012: At this point, X was 12 storeys taller than Couture

 

Couture Condos

February 13 2012: Looking up the southwest corner of the tower

 

Couture Condos

February 13 2012: Cladding installation on Couture’s southwest corner

 

Couture Condos

February 13 2012: Cladding installation on Couture’s southwest corner

 

Couture Condos

February 13 2012: Cladding installation on Couture’s southwest corner

 

Couture Condos

February 13 2012: Podium viewed through one of the construction gates

 

Charles Street East Toronto

March 2 2012: Couture and X viewed from Charles Street East, midway between Church and Yonge Streets

 

Couture Condos and X Condos

March 2 2012: From this viewpoint to the west, the two towers appear equally tall

 

Couture Condos

March 2 2012: Cladding installation on the tower’s east side

 

Couture Condos

March 2 2012: A view of Couture’s two-level podium

 

Couture Condos

March 2 2012: Podium viewed from the southeast corner of the property

 

Couture Condos

March 2 2012: Cladding and window installation reaches floor 21

 

Condo towers in north downtown Toronto

March 11 2012: In this zoom view from Broadview Avenue, X and Couture appear to be next-door neighbours with the James Cooper Mansion condo tower and the new Four Seasons Toronto hotel and condo tower in Yorkville. In the foreground are apartment buildings in the St James Town neighbourhood.

 

Couture Condos

March 13 2012: Looking west toward X Condos and Couture Condos from Linden Street, near the James Cooper Mansion condo tower

 

Couture Condos

March 13 2012: Cladding installation on the east side of Couture

 

Couture Condos

March 13 2012: The construction crane hoists a load of rebar

 

Couture Condos

March 13 2012: The bundle of rebar rises high above the tower’s west side

 

Couture Condos

March 13 2012: Two elevators rise on the west side of the tower

 

Couture Condos and X Condos

March 13 2012: A view of Couture and X from the southwest, on Charles Street

 

Couture Condos

March 13 2012: A view of Couture and X from the southwest corner of Church and Isabella Streets, two blocks away

 

Couture Condos and X Condos

March 16 2011: The south side of Couture and the west side of X

 

Couture Condos

March 16 2011: Another bucket of concrete heads for Couture’s 42nd level

 

Couture Condos and X Condos

March 16 2011: Looking up the east sides of X Condos and Couture Condos

 

Couture Condos and X Condos

March 16 2011: A close view of the cladding on Couture and X

 

Couture Condos

March 16 2011: Cladding installation continues on the tower’s east side

 

Couture Condos and X Condos

March 16 2011: Couture Condos and X Condos viewed from the west

 

Couture Condos and X Condos

March 16 2011: Upper levels on Couture’s south side await their cladding

 

Couture Condos

March 16 2011: A view of Couture’s upper east side

 

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