UrbanToronto recently visited Chaz on Charles, the 39-storey condominium being developed by 45 Charles Ltd. and Edenshaw Homes near Bloor and Yonge in Toronto's growing Uptown core. The visit gave us the opportunity to study the scale model of the Page + Steele-designed building for a closer look both at how Chaz will meet the street, and at some of its standout ground level amenities. We will spin around the scale model, and start with a view from the northeast.

Northeast view of Chaz on Charles by 45 Charles Ltd and Edenshaw Homes, image byNortheast view of Chaz on Charles by 45 Charles Ltd and Edenshaw Homes, image by Craig White

Down at street level, this rendering takes in the limestone-clad podium that faces Charles Street.

Street view of Chaz on Charles by 45 Charles Ltd and Edenshaw HomesStreet view of Chaz on Charles by 45 Charles Ltd and Edenshaw Homes

We get in closer to the sidewalk lobby entrance.

Street view of Chaz on Charles by 45 Charles Ltd and Edenshaw Homes, image by CrStreet view of Chaz on Charles by 45 Charles Ltd and Edenshaw Homes, image by Craig White

The same area, but from the northeast instead of the northwest.

Street view of Chaz on Charles by 45 Charles Ltd and Edenshaw Homes, image by CrStreet view of Chaz on Charles by 45 Charles Ltd and Edenshaw Homes, image by Craig White

Looking down on the area, we see the layout more clearly. At the right we see the driveway heading to the car drop, and then a snaking sculpture amidst light poles in the plaza. Below that is the main entrance from the sidewalk, and a path leading the the outdoor landscaped terrace at bottom. We'll look more at the terrace later in this tour.

Street side of Chaz on Charles by 45 Charles Ltd and Edenshaw Homes, image by CrStreet side of Chaz on Charles by 45 Charles Ltd and Edenshaw Homes, image by Craig White

Past the lobby entrance we find ourselves in a relaxing space designed by Ceconni Simone. The space is divided into a series of smaller spaces - a Living Room, a Wet Bar, a Dining Room (with wet bar and catering kitchen) and a Billiards Room - all of which open onto a landscaped outdoor terrace. The east lobby spaces will be bookable for private functions.

Lobby at Chaz on Charles by 45 Charles Ltd and Edenshaw HomesLobby at Chaz on Charles by 45 Charles Ltd and Edenshaw Homes

Outside again, we take a look down on the landscaped terrace, created by LandArtDesign.

East terrace at Chaz on Charles by 45 Charles Ltd and Edenshaw Homes, image by CEast terrace at Chaz on Charles by 45 Charles Ltd and Edenshaw Homes, image by Craig White

This rendering gives us an idea of the terrace during the evening.

Outdoor Terrace at Chaz on Charles by 45 Charles Ltd and Edenshaw HomesOutdoor Terrace at Chaz on Charles by 45 Charles Ltd and Edenshaw Homes

Looking back at the terrace from the southeast.

East terrace at Chaz on Charles by Edenshaw Homes and 45 Charles Ltd, image by CEast terrace at Chaz on Charles by 45 Charles Ltd and Edenshaw Homes, image by Craig White

From a distance, the full east side of the building will look like this.

East side of Chaz on Charles by Edenshaw Homes and 45 Charles Ltd, image by CraiEast side of Chaz on Charles by 45 Charles Ltd and Edenshaw Homes, image by Craig White

We spin 'round to the south. Up near the top we see the Chaz Club with its dramatic two-storey view over the city. We'll come back for a better look at the club in a future story.

South side of Chaz on Charles by Edenshaw Homes and 45 Charles Ltd, image by CraSouth side of Chaz on Charles by 45 Charles Ltd and Edenshaw Homes, image by Craig White

Back at ground level we see the terrace from the south end, and sitting areas and bike lock-ups in the plaza area at the back of the building.

South side of Chaz on Charles by Edenshaw Homes and 45 Charles Ltd, image by CraSouth side of Chaz on Charles by 45 Charles Ltd and Edenshaw Homes, image by Craig White

A rendering gives us a view of the south side of the podium. While it is not readily apparent in the rendering, all sides of the podium will be clad in limestone.

South side of Chaz on Charles by Edenshaw Homes and 45 Charles LtdSouth side of Chaz on Charles by 45 Charles Ltd and Edenshaw Homes

The west side of the building, as you can see above as well, features the driveway a car drop-off. The garage entrance is shown correctly in the model below, not the rendering above.

West entrance to Chaz on Charles by Edenshaw Homes and 45 Charles Ltd, image by West entrance to Chaz on Charles by 45 Charles Ltd and Edenshaw Homes, image by Craig White

This rendering depicts the car drop-off area.

West entrance to Chaz on Charles by Edenshaw Homes and 45 Charles Ltd, image by West entrance to Chaz on Charles by 45 Charles Ltd and Edenshaw Homes

Looking back at the west side entrance from the north.

West entrance to Chaz on Charles by Edenshaw Homes and 45 Charles Ltd, image by West entrance to Chaz on Charles by 45 Charles Ltd and Edenshaw Homes, image by Craig White

Finally, a full shot of the model from the northwest.

Northwest view of Chaz on Charles by Edenshaw Homes and 45 Charles Ltd, image byNorthwest view of Chaz on Charles by 45 Charles Ltd and Edenshaw Homes, image by Craig White

We will be back to look at more of Chaz in the future!

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