Changing views: Although construction of two neighbouring condo projects near the CN Tower still has a long ways to go before completion, it’s fast becoming apparent just how significantly the new towers will change the look of the city skyline.
The side-by-side ÏCE Condos and Infinity3 Condominiums rising on the north side of the Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard, between York and Lower Simcoe Streets, are already having a huge impact on sightlines and views in the South Financial District and Harbourfront areas. And that’s even though construction of the east ÏCE condo tower has so far climbed less than one-tenth of its ultimate 67-storey height, while the west ÏCE tower is just slightly more than one-third of its way to 57 floors. The main Infinity3 tower, meanwhile, is more than 20 floors high on its way to 34.
May 6 2012: Looking west across The Milan Condominium tower construction site near the Yonge & Church intersection in Yorkville
May 6 2012: Construction has climbed to 1 meter below grade at the southeast side of the site, seen here looking north from the Church Street sidewalk …
… but still has some catching up to do at the southwest corner …
… while construction continues to progress the fastest at the northeast corner, where the building already looms above the Yonge subway line
Closing the gap: Passersby will soon be able to watch construction activity at The Milan Condominium tower site in Yorkville without having to peer through a chainlink fence surrounding parts of the property that aren’t blocked by wood hoarding.
As of this past weekend, construction of the tower’s underground levels had climbed to just one meter below the sidewalk along Church Street at the site’s southeast corner, where rebar reinforced floor forms were ready for a concrete pour. As construction of the podium for the 37-storey tower starts to climb above grade, motorists and pedestrians on Church Street will get their first clear view of the building since work commenced in the summer of 2010.
March 7 2012: A construction worker gazes at downtown Toronto from the curved west building of the 2-tower ÏCE Condos complex currently under construction at the southwest corner of York Street and Bremner Boulevard. Construction of the oval-shaped tower has reached more than 11 levels so far, on its way to 57 storeys. A project of Lanterra Developments, ÏCE Condos was designed by Peter Clewes of Toronto’s architectsAlliance.
March 7 2012: Looking south from Bremner Boulevard towards the ÏCE Condos construction site. At left, construction of the 67-storey east tower has reached 3 levels while its sibling, center, has already climbed 11 levels on its way to 57. A 31-storey office building will eventually be constructed on the parking lots site in the foreground. The building under construction to the right is the Infinity3 condo tower, which has risen 9 floors on its way to 34. Infinity3 is a project of The Conservatory Group, and was designed by E.I. Richmond Architects Ltd.