Mount Pleasant residents who opposed the development of a 21-storey building can now rest easier: Rize Alliance's The Independent won't be climbing any taller than it is now. The Acton Ostry-designed building has topped out on a uniquely shaped site fronting Kingsway and East Broadway, and its variegated architectural expression is gradually being accomplished.

The Independent rendering, image via Rize Alliance

The tower crane has been removed and a cladding system comprised of glazing, multicoloured brick, metal panels and wood grain finish has nearly encased the entire flatiron volume. The diverse facade is designed to evoke the rich mixture of buildings along Main Street. Flush with the marketing materials, the building now hosts a number of coniferous trees on its rooftop.

The Independent under construction, image by Forum contributor City Of Rain

Residents of the 258 studios, one-, and two-bedroom homes are given a choice of three contemporary colour schemes to suit their tastes. Durable wood-laminate flooring, polished engineered stone surfaces, and fully integrated kitchen appliances come standard throughout the residences.

The topped-out building bears a flatiron shape, image by Forum contributor City Of Rain

The Independent offers a plethora of amenities, including a 20,000-square-foot outdoor space that functions as residents' collective backyard. A 3,300-square-foot multi-purpose space, a community lounge appointed with a kitchen and dining area, and a 1,200-square-foot fitness facility are the indoor comforts provided.

The base of the building, image by Forum contributor City Of Rain

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Related Companies:  Acton Ostry Architects, Rize Alliance