Taking a peek at the Panorama condo tower’s tight proximity to the Gardiner Expressway

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Part of the mammoth Concord CityPlace highrise residential development on the city’s former railway lands, Panorama was designed by Roland Rom Colthoff while he was a principal of Toronto’s Quadrangle Architects (he’s now a director with RAW Design). Though I personally can’t stand its location (I’ve written before that traffic noise drives me crazy), I love the tower’s distinct elliptical design, as well as the contrasting sensuous curves and sharp defined angles of its base. It’s the only CityPlace tower that I like, and it’s one of my favourite buildings in the city. I just wish it was situated somewhere else, in a more pedestrian-friendly place, so I could enjoy looking at it more often without choking on exhaust fumes and dust.

Below are more photos of Panorama, including views of the intriguing blue and white sculptures called Mitosis Courtyard, an outdoor art installation by Canadian artist Pierre Poussin.

 

 

Mitosis Courtyard art installation by Pierre Poussin

The driveway entrance to Panorama passes below the Gardiner. The blue and white sculptures are part of Mitosis Courtyard by Pierre Poussin.

 

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The driveway to the Panorama condo’s lobby entrance

 

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Looking up from the northwest corner of the Panorama podium

 

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Lower levels at the building’s northwest corner

 

Panorama condo tower at Concord CityPlace

Cars whiz past the condos from a distance of only a few meters

 

Panorama condo tower at Concord CityPlace

Looking up from outside the driveway entrance to the condo

 

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A view of the north side of the podium and tower

 

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Angular podium section meets the elliptical tower near the northwest corner

 

Panorama condo tower at Concord CityPlace

Looking skyward between the Gardiner and the tower

 

Panorama condo tower at Concord CityPlace

South view from along Lake Shore Boulevard

 

Panorama condo tower at Concord CityPlace

Sweeping tower curves meet subtle curves on the podium

 

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The Gardiner and the northwest corner of Panorama’s podium

 

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Condo entrance off the building’s north side driveway

 

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Condo south entrance off Lake Shore Boulevard

 

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Podium’s south side along Lake Shore Boulevard

 

Panorama condo tower at Concord CityPlace

Street level view outside Panorama, looking east

 

Panorama condo tower at Concord CityPlace

Street-level view outside the condo, looking west

 

Panorama condo tower at Concord CityPlace

Street-level view of Panorama’s neighbours to the west

 

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I love these curved balconies on the tower’s upper east side

 

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Looking toward the condo’s north side from the driveway entrance

 

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A view of the Gardiner’s proximity to the podium’s east end

 

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Upper levels on the tower’s south side

 

Panorama condo tower at Concord CityPlace

Afternoon sun glints on south side balconies

 

Panorama condo tower at Concord CityPlace

View from the northeast showing the tower’s proximity to the traffic

 

 

One thought on “Taking a peek at the Panorama condo tower’s tight proximity to the Gardiner Expressway

  1. Montreal Guide Condo

    That seems like a very impressive view. It’s so close to the highway that it’s almost terrifying, I can’t even think of the damages that could be caused by a car accident going over the highway; that highway fence doesn’t seem very secure.

    I really liked this architecture post, we write blog posts about architecture ourselves over at Montreal Guide Condo .

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