[URBAN NOTE] “New Toronto condo a marvel of engineering”
blogTO reports on the remarkable retrofitting of 488 University Avenue, once an office tower, into a condo.
If there’s a common criticism of Toronto condos, it’s that they’re accused of being bland glass boxes with little regard to the nuances of architecture and design.
There are plenty of exceptions, of course, but few projects have quite the technical appeal of the one rising at Dundas and University right now.
Once a 1968 office tower, 480 University Ave. has been reinforced and given a new shell, which paves the way for the construction of a 37 storey condo atop the existing structure. When complete, its new address will be 488 University.
When we last checked in on the site, the exterior of the old building was being stripped and bolstered with a new steel frame. Now, just over a year later, the building has been almost entirely remade as the base of the condo to come.