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U Avenue Adding 55 Storeys to University/Dundas

[Photos via UAvenue]

Sitting at the corner of Dundas Street and University Avenue, Amexon Development's The Residences of U Avenue joins the flock of condos and commercial towers going up in the city's core. The mixed-use project is designed by Core Architects, with interiors by II BY IV Design. U Avenue has gone through a number of design mods since renderings of its first incarnation were unveiled in 2012. The final design shows 55 storeys in total; the first 18 will be commercial/office space, and the remaining 37 will hold 437 condominium units and the two-storey "SkyLobby". The tower sits right above the University subway line (line 1, that is), over St. Patrick station. Original renderings for this project showed the podium clad in a weird, lacy white rounded bird's-nest steel veil, but the Design Review Panel gave that a thumbs' down for not being formal enough for University Avenue. The podium's now a cleaner-lined crystal atrium, which also buys back some precious sidewalk footage. Amenities like the pool/patio, the fitness centre and the lounge/club will be housed in the SkyClub, and accessed through that two-storey SkyLobby (presumably you get to it via the SkyElevator).
· Development du Jour archives [Curbed Toronto]
· What University Avenue used to look like in Toronto [blogTO]
· Residences of U Avenue database page [Urban Toronto]