Great Gulf continues to release images of their new Yonge + Rich condo complex on Richmond Street in Downtown Toronto one step at a time. Initially teasing the 50-storey tower in a video that provided a contextual but distant view, this time we get a close-up look from the southwest in the first full-building rendering.

The tower is L-shaped, with its tallest portion running 50 storeys north-south through the middle of the block from Lombard Street to Richmond Street, while a 22-storey wing extends west along Richmond Street to Victoria. The building's skin is articulated in three expressions as a way to break up the tower's bulk. Each section can be seen as a quadrant of the site, understanding that the southwest quadrant is an unrelated separate property.

Yonge + Rich condos looking northeast, by architectsAlliance for Great GulfYonge + Rich condos looking northeast, by architectsAlliance for Great Gulf

The buildings in the unrelated southwest quadrant are not pictured in the renderings. They shelter in the pocket of the L on the northeast corner of Victoria and Lombard Streets, and are a three-storey pair of heritage buildings currently best known for an upscale bar called The Beer Academy. More on them later.

The tower's garden-topped 22-storey northwest and 49-storey northeast quadrants are marked by staggered wraparound balconies, with each quadrant treated slightly differently.

Mid-tower, Yonge + Rich condos, Toronto, by architectsAlliance for Great GulfMid-tower cladding expressions, Yonge + Rich condos, by architectsAlliance for Great Gulf

The southeast quadrant is the building's eye-catcher, with an irregular grille gradually loosening as the building rises. If the early rendering below still holds, (cladding choices are amongst those that are often finalized quite late in the design process), then the grille looks to be made of a patterned and mottled precast.

Balcony grille, Yonge + Rich condos Toronto by architectsAlliance for Great GulfBalcony grille at Yonge + Rich condos, by architectsAlliance for Great Gulf

Victoria St, Yonge + Rich condos Toronto by architectsAlliance for Great GulfVictoria St frontage of Yonge + Rich condos by architectsAlliance for Great Gulf

At ground level the building is clad in a slotted brick façade, stressing Yonge + Rich's modernity while linking to the brick clad heritage buildings on surrounding properties.

Lombard St, Yonge + Rich condos Toronto by architectsAlliance for Great GulfLombard St frontage of Yonge + Rich condos by architectsAlliance for Great Gulf

In the meantime, 75 Victoria and 2 Lombard have gone up for sale. The pair of buildings are being pitched as a site to expand nominally while preserving the heritage façades at street level.

75 Victoria Street and 2 Lombard St, Toronto, image courtesy of &co Architects75 Victoria/2 Lombard, image courtesy of &co Architects

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