Below are several photos I’ve shot of Aura this month, along with two screen captures from the construction webcam on the project website. Those are followed by a link to an online album with several dozen photos tracking Aura’s construction progress since September.
December 6 2012: Looking up the east side of the Aura tower
December 6 2012: A street-level view of the Aura retail podium from the intersection of Yonge & Gerrard Streets. A Bank of Montreal branch is now open on the ground floor, as is a mammoth 50,000-square-foot Bed Bath & Beyond outlet that occupies the entire second level. More retail tenants, including a Marshalls, will open in Aura in 2013.
December 6 2012: Looking north from Gerrard Street along the wide Yonge Street sidewalk next to the Aura podium. The retail entrance is off Yonge Street.
December 6 2012: Aura’s retail podium along the north side of Gerrard Street. The podium offers more than 190,000 square feet of retail space on four levels.
December 6 2012: The southwest corner of the Aura podium on Gerrard Street
December 13 2012: Aura viewed from Yonge-Dundas Square
December 13 2012: Looking up the south and east sides of the Aura tower
December 17 2012: Aura tower viewed at twilight in a screen capture from the construction webcam on the condo project website
December 19 2012: Morning sunshine illuminates Aura’s east side
December 19 2012: Construction workers watch as the Aura crane prepares to reposition a building form from floor 47 to floor 48
December 24 2012: The two Radio City condo towers frame this morning view of Aura from my home several blocks to the northeast.
December 25 2012: Aura viewed from the intersection of Yonge & College Streets
December 25 2012: The Aura tower climbs skyward above the historic College Park building at 1 College Street/444 Yonge Street, right. Given designated heritage status in 1975, the building originally was the T. Eaton Co.’s College Street store
December 25 2012: Exterior elevators rise 42 floors on the north side of Aura. Construction has climbed six storeys higher, to the 48th floor.
December 25 2012: Looking south along the widened Yonge Street sidewalk next to the Aura podium. Nine new trees were planted on the promenade.
December 27 2012: An afternoon view of the tower from Aura’s construction webcam
Above is a link to an online collection of photos showing Aura’s construction progress since early September. Click the arrow once to view a slideshow, or click twice to directly access this and other albums on thetorontoblog.com’s Flickr page.