M5V condo tower viewed from Clarence Square Park January 14 2011
Big Red Box: I have to be honest: I keep confusing the M5V Condominium tower on King Street West with Boutique Condo at the corner of Simcoe and Nelson Streets, a few blocks to the east. In fact, I have nearly mislabelled photos of the two towers while organizing my pictures. Though they’re products of completely different designers, builders and developers, they’re both tall glass boxes with what I consider quite similar designs — particularly up top.
What does distinguish them, however, are the splashes of colour on the north and west facades of M5V’s tower and podium. And I never mistake M5V when viewing the tower from the north or the west: there’s just no way to miss the distinctive big red box that sits nearly halfway up the 34-storey tower’s northwest corner. (It houses the building’s mechanical room and rainwater retrieval system.)
M5V is drawing closer to completion, and the project website says that building occupancy is scheduled for June. I’m anxious to see the hoarding come down from the front of the tower, so I can see and feel how the building contributes to the King West streetscape. Shouldn’t have to wait too much longer for that.
Below are some photos I’ve taken of M5V at different stages of construction in recent months; there are more pics in the M5V album on the Photo Sets page of the blog.
The big red box that houses the M5V condo tower’s mechanical room
November 2 2010: CN Tower view of M5V Condominium building
November 2 2010: CN Tower view of M5V’s upper floors and roof
November 29 2010: Charlotte Street view of the CN Tower and M5V Condo tower
November 29 2010: Coloured window panels on north wall of M5V condo tower
November 29 2011: Another Charlotte Street view of M5V
November 29 2011: Looking up from corner of King & Charlotte Streets
November 29 2011: Tower viewed from the north side of King Street
November 29 2011: A view of the 8-storey podium above King Street
November 29 2011: Looking up at the big red box mechanical room
January 14 2011: M5V viewed through the bare trees at Clarence Square park
January 14 2011: The upper floors of the tower’s west side
January 14 2011: M5V condo tower viewed from the southwest on Front Street
February 17 2011: The street level hoarding I can’t wait to see dismantled
February 17 2011: Another view of M5V, this time looking west along King Street
February 17 2011: The M5V tower on a dull, overcast afternoon