Exterior Finishes Advance as The One Surpasses 25% of Approved Height

In the weeks since the first pair of mechanical floors were completed at The One, work has returned to the ... Read more

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In the weeks since the first pair of mechanical floors were completed at The One, work has returned to the more routine process of forming repeating residential floors, and the results are being seen in the growth of the tower. Surpassing the 20-storey mark last month, the Mizrahi Developments project now stands at a quarter of its approved height of 308 metres, and is continuing to impress with its exterior finishes as more panels of the high-tech curtainwall system are installed to seal the tower’s lower levels.

Looking southwest at The One, standing 25% of its approved height, image by UT Forum contributor Johnny Au

Catching up with the latest developments that have taken place on the site of UrbanToronto’s hottest project in the last few weeks, the image above captures the state of things well. As the growth of the Foster + Partners-designed tower above the Bloor Street West streetscape becomes more difficult to observe from ground level, the building’s glazing process is providing more than enough to talk about. 

Worker waits to install curtainwall glazing on the east elevation, image by UT Forum contributor jer1961

The image above captured the glazing process in full swing in mid-February. Looking at the building’s eastern elevation fronting Yonge Street, we can see a construction worker waiting for the next panel of unitized curtainwall glazing to complete the southern portion of the tower’s sixth floor. Since the time this image was captured, the entirety of the sixth floor has been sealed in with glazing. With the seventh floor representing the tower’s first standard single-height level, the first pieces of glazing we see on that level will look quite different, boasting the same width as the panels below while enjoying only half the height. 

Looking at the other exterior finishes, the last few weeks have also seen the lowest sections of the tower’s four street fronting super-columns receive their first pieces of metal cladding. Pictured in the lower portion of the image below, we can see the cladding in place, making the octagonal shape of the super-columns more prominent. With a protective film still fixed to the surface of each panel, what we aren’t seeing here is the colour of the cladding — for now, that is. 

Metal cladding is now in place all all four street-fronting super-columns, image by UT Forum contributor by UT Forum contributor jer1961

Getting a closer look in the image below, we can see that the film has been removed on just one narrow rectangular panel of cladding, revealing the champagne-tinted finish below. From what we have seen with the cladding on the northeast corner, the tint appears to vary depending on lighting conditions, so this tone can be expected to look more vibrant in the sun.

Protective film has been removed on one panel, revealing champagne-tinted finish, image by UT Forum contributor jer1961

Moving up to view the tower from above, the formwork taking place is looking much more familiar compared to what we were seeing during the forming of the mechanical levels. With the core standing somewhere around the 25th level, the highest completed slab is trailing behind by a few floors. Meanwhile, forms have been set up in the project’s signature cruciform configuration in order to pour the next level of columns and structural walls, with the red arm of the concrete pump seen getting things started in the lower left corner. 

Looking south at the work taking place to form the residential floors, image by UT Forum contributor Thaivic

Setting back into the consistent rhythm of repeating residential floors, The One is growing consistently on a weekly basis. Roughly 15 floors stand between the tower and its next significant milestone, which will be marked by the start of the tower’s second pair of mechanical floors. 

UrbanToronto will continue to follow progress on this development, but in the meantime, you can learn more about it from our Database file, linked below. If you’d like, you can join in on the conversation in the associated Project Forum thread or leave a comment in the space provided on this page.

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