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Photos: James Bombales

357 King West is a new condo tower coming soon to the southwest corner of Peter Street and Blue Jays Way in the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District.

The Great Gulf development is currently under construction and, when complete, will feature a slender glass and precast tower designed by Quadrangle Architects Ltd with interiors by Figure3.

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Construction on the project began in the summer of 2018 when an existing glass pavilion was demolished on site. The temporary structure had been on the site for over a decade and was used for a variety of purposes, from a sales centre for nearby condo projects, to pop-up shops for Ikea and Dyson vacuums.

Once the pavilion was razed, a groundbreaking ceremony was held in September 2018, marking the start of the excavation and shoring phase. Crews dug three levels to form the development’s underground garage, and by the summer of 2019, they had reached the bottom of the pit. A tower crane was installed shortly thereafter. Another milestone was achieved in early 2020, when the project passed grade level.

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Today, 357 King West stands approximately six storeys tall as construction continues toward its 42-storey final height. A maze of heavy-duty steel and aluminum shoring frames and supports can be seen from ground level as permanent concrete columns are poured for the floors above.

The building’s distinctive Y-shaped column is visible on the northeast corner of the podium, tucked behind scaffolding and shoring frames. The exposed concrete columns form part of the cutaway on the podium level terrace, and will add some architectural flair to the exterior.

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Construction is expected to wrap up by the end of 2021. The tower will eventually house 324 units ranging in size from 521 to 1,095 square feet. Onsite amenities include 24-hour concierge service, meeting rooms and communal workspaces, a fitness centre, yoga studio, party room, catering kitchen and two outdoor terraces.

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