|Location||825 Bay Street
|Antenna spire||140 m (460 ft)|
|Floor count||45, 35|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Peter Clewes of architectsAlliance|
Murano Condominiums, is a two-tower residential high-rise condominium complex located alongside Bay Street, near the intersection of College Street in the Discovery District of downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Construction of the North tower (37 Grosvenor Street) was completed in the winter of 2008/9. The South tower (38 Grenville Street) was completed in 2010. The North and South towers are joined by a two-storey podium with planned retail and recreational facilities, including a roof-top garden and glass public art feature.
Murano was designed by Peter Clewes of architectsAlliance, Murano is dubbed as a "fusion of art, architecture and glass". Murano's minimalist glass exterior and all-glass public art installation (on the second floor) add vibrancy and light to the Bay Street Corridor.
Since late 2010, panes of balcony glass have shattered and fallen to the street below. A recent occurrence on one of Toronto's hottest days on record (6 July 2012) resulted in the closure of Grosvenor Street and St. Vincent Lane. The North tower lobby entrance was condemned by the City of Toronto pending the resolution of this problem. More glass fell on August 1 at 3 am and at midday. Police closed the northbound lane of Bay between Grosvenor and Grenville Streets, expecting the closure to be for a week.
For the first time, glass fell from the South Tower on August 15 at 11:30 AM, injuring a woman by slicing her wrist and leaving a puddle of blood where she was treated. “We don’t know why it’s happening, and continues to happen,” said Jim Laughlin, the city’s deputy chief building inspector.
- "City of Toronto Staff Report" (PDF). Retrieved 26 July 2011.
- The Toronto Blog.com. "Sidewalk along east side of Bay Street taped off after glass falls from Murano condo towers — again". Retrieved 2011-07-23.
- CityNews Toronto. "Section of Grosvenor Street closed due to falling glass". Retrieved 2011-07-23.
- Hasham, Alyshah; Amanda Kwan (1 August 2011). "Glass falls off building for the 5th time, closes part of Bay St.". Toronto Star (Toronto ON). Retrieved 3 August 2011.
- "Falling glass hits woman on Bay St.". Toronto Star (Toronto ON). 15 August 2011. Retrieved 16 August 2011.