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Balmuto is short but has grown tall

Christopher Hume – Yourhome.ca

It may be short but it has grown very tall. We’re talking about Balmuto St., the tiny road that runs a block south from Bloor, just west of Yonge. There was a time when few of us even noticed streets such as this; but today that has all changed. Indeed, these are precisely the sort of urban arteries that developers love. On the one hand, they’re close to everything — or so it seems — on the other, they’re ever so slightly off the beaten track.

When the nearby Manulife Centre opened in 1974, it was, quite understandably, oriented north to Bloor and to a lesser extent, west to Bay St. The south facade, which faces onto Charles St., got the service entrances. The east facade, which faces Balmuto, got little more than a way in and out for pedestrians. By the logic of the 1970s, this was the side that had least value and was, therefore, the least interesting. That’s not to say there’s anything wrong with it, just that there isn’t a whole lot going on.

Thirty-five-odd years later, Toronto is Condo City. The action hasn’t so much moved off the main streets as it has encompassed the lesser ones. Given the wonders of modern engineering, let alone planning, even a tiny lot on a minor artery such as Balmuto can suddenly find itself lined with residential towers that are as tall as they are thin. Manulife was tall, too, but on a site large enough to fill a whole city block, the height got lost. That’s why size matters less than ever.

Condo Critic – Crystal Blu, 21 Balmuto Street

Aside from its rather ridiculous name, this project suffers from a terminal case of glitziness. That might have seemed appropriate a couple of decades ago; but not now. Today, Toronto is a more sophisticated city, one less dependent on architectural flash.

Crystal Blu, a tall and vey thin point tower, rises from a vestigial podium that looks onto Balmuto. Architecturally, the building has little to offer. Apart from the limestone cladding at street level, the exterior finishes are mostly glass. Not surprisingly, its street presence is minimal, especially for a tower that looms so large on the skyline.

But even limestone can’t help enliven these instantly familiar lines. And as for the blue-crystal cut-aways, these decorative details chiseled out of the podium surfaces are more bizarre than beautiful.

GRADE: C

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Laurin & Natalie Jeffrey are Toronto Realtors with Century 21 Regal Realty.
They did not write these articles, they just reproduce them here for people
who are interested in Toronto real estate. They do not work for any builders.

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