Photos: James Bombales
Located at 50 McCaul Street, just steps away from the AGO, Grange Park and OCAD University, is a brand new boutique condominium by Tridel. The 14-storey FORM Condos boasts unique architecture by architectsAlliance, designed to add to the vibrancy and artistic energy of the neighbourhood.
Construction on the project began in 2017 when an existing three-storey commercial complex and the single-storey Brink’s Express Company of Canada building were demolished. A crane was installed in 2018 as the underground levels began to rise. The building topped off in 2019 and in early 2020 home orientation appointments were held. Today, residents continue to move in as the finishing touches are put on exterior spaces including new benches, landscaping and a parkette on the north end, fronting the ground-floor retail areas.
FORM’s irregularly stacked appearance is created by its cladding system, consisting of clear glazing set behind a silver facade of metallic spandrel, mullions and vertical white precast. Its most distinctive elements are the vertical louvers that add both character and function by regulating light patterns and adding a sense of movement. Further visual interest is seen on the south facade, where the structure’s cantilevered massing is visible with a series of overhangs at the 4th, 6th, 8th and 13th floors.
Another innovative feature is the use of cast-in-place CarbonCure concrete, which helps reduce CO2 emissions. The production of cement — the ingredient that gives concrete its strength — is responsible for up to seven percent of the world’s total carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. For every kilogram of cement produced, 0.5 kilograms of carbon dioxide are released into the air. Developed by Halifax-based startup CarbonCure Technologies, the concrete used at FORM undergoes a process to recycle CO2 by trapping it in the concrete where it becomes chemically converted into a mineral.
Inside, FORM houses 189 suites ranging in size from 492 to 1,400 square feet, with one to three bedrooms. Amenities include a 14th-floor outdoor space with a kitchen and dining area, a fireplace lounge, and sweeping views of OCAD University’s Sharp Centre for Design, Grange Park and the downtown skyline.