It's high time UrbanToronto went on a construction tour again: raw concrete has been too absent from our diet for a little too long. So, let's start by easing ourselves into it... We need a crane for a start...

Nautilus Condos Toronto By the Monarch GroupCrane in the Mist: by Craig White

Some available space in a tree...

Nautilus Condos Toronto By the Monarch GroupPhoto by Craig White

Hmm, wait a minute...

Nautilus Condos Toronto By the Monarch GroupMist Clearing: by Craig White

That's Nautilus, obvious from the 'sail' carved into its wide facades by its balconies. The Monarch Group project has nearly topped out at its Waterview site in the Humber Bay Shores area of South Etobicoke, and we're going up and in for a look at the project.

Nautilus Condos Toronto By the Monarch Groupphoto by Craig White

This, you'll remember, is what the building will look like when it's completed. The 39-storey structure, designed by Graziani + Corazza Architects will feature green balcony glazing on the land side of the sail, and blue glazing on the lake side. We'll take a better look at the exterior in a future report, but the thing to notice here... is what you don't see on this render: a highly articulated exterior. Sure there's the sail, but what becomes apparent once you are up in the tower is that there are lots of interesting angled views provided by an irregularly shaped floorplate: it's not quite as simple as the rendering makes it seem.

Nautilus Condos Toronto By the Monarch GroupCourtesy of the Monarch Group

So, angles and views, here we come:

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Here we are looking into the sail cut from on high.

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A couple of interior views down elevator shafts:

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And a look up at the floor slab above, showing the join between one concrete pour and the next. Each floor at Nautilus takes three days to pour.

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Speaking of pouring a floor, this bucket is is being used to bring concrete skyward for the latest pour.

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This bucket's headed up there now, and next week we'll take you up to the top too.

Nautilus Condos Toronto By the Monarch Groupphoto by Craig White

What are your reactions to the tour so far? Leave a comment here, or join in the discussion in UrbanToronto's thread for the project by clicking on the link below.