A lot of the projects we focus on here at Urban Toronto are larger developments — they stand out more, receive more hype and promotion and make more of an impact on the urban skyline. Just as important, however, are the smaller projects, many of which are currently underway or in the planning stages. One such project is Cube Lofts, located on College Street just east of Ossington, and Forum member urbandreamer went by the site recently to snap some photos of the construction progress.

Cube Lofts in Toronto by Neilas and Raw Design with Quadrangle ArchitectsCube Lofts under construction, image by urbandreamer

This particular project has been under construction for some time — at six storeys, buildings 10 times its height have been built in the ensuing period. According to a National Post article, the main issue is the fact that it is a mid-rise project, having to deal with more red tape than larger projects, and having less money to do so.

Cube Lofts in Toronto by Neilas and Raw Design with Quadrangle ArchitectsDetail of windows and cladding, image by urbandreamer

Cube Lofts in Toronto by Neilas and Raw Design with Quadrangle ArchitectsConstruction progress as of April 20th 2011, image by urbandreamer

Nonetheless, we're happy to see the project by Neilas moving along, with some great-looking cladding applied to the exterior overtop the concrete shell that was exposed for so long. The protruding façade — designed by Raw and Quadrangle — has sparked debate about its integration along College Street and whether it fits in with the existing structures. Regardless of appropriateness, we're sure those large windows will beautifully frame the view onto this bustling stretch for the future residents (if/when they move in, that is).

Cube Lofts in Toronto by Neilas and Raw Design with Quadrangle ArchitectsProject rendering

We're keeping an eye out around Little Italy and Dundas West, which is beginning to experience a boom in construction. Unlike areas such as King and Queen West however, it's unique in having smaller scale, "boutique," and townhouse developments, all in an attempt to fit into the low-rise historic neighbourhood and stay within the zoning bylaws outlined by the city. Projects joining Cube Lofts include the recently announced Abacus Lofts by Daz at Dundas and Dovercourt and Trinity Bellwoods Towns+Homes, by Urban Capital Group.

For more information on Cube, check out the dataBase listing below, or click here to see the project Forum.