Photos: James Bombales
Located three blocks north of the newly completed Westside Condos, 123 Portland is Minto Communities’ latest downtown development. The boutique 14-storey tower is situated in a prime location within the Fashion District, just steps from both Queen and King Street West.
Although the official groundbreaking ceremony was held on August 12th, construction on the project started earlier this year when an existing single-storey commercial building at the northeast corner of Adelaide and Portland was demolished.
As sales began, construction crews continued to clear the land, and drilling rigs were brought in to prepare for shoring. This is the process of supporting the underground walls of the pit to hold back the surrounding earth as crews excavate the three-level parking garage and pour the building’s foundation.
When completed in 2022, 123 Portland will feature elegant architecture rooted in a pre-modern aesthetic, mixing European influences with a Toronto loft vernacular. Architects Sweeny & Co. paid particular attention to establishing depth and texture through the use of off-white precast frames and rustic, weathered steel detailing. Combined with Juliette balconies and French doors, the overall effect creates a dynamic and pleasing grid-like pattern.
Interior spaces by U31 were inspired by Parisian apartments and consist of a series of dramatic, two-storey arches that frame the lobby with smooth stone finishes and brass overlays. These are accented with vivid black and white floor tiles, warm wood panels, sculptural floating benches, coffered ceilings and crown moulding. Onsite amenities include a gym, lounge, rooftop terrace and dining room with a kitchen and bar.
123 Portland will house a total of 116 units ranging from 572 to 1,789 square feet, boasting open-concept layouts with up to three bedrooms. Main living areas feature hardwood floors and French doors, while kitchens come equipped with stainless steel Miele appliances, quartz countertops and tile backsplashes.