Named after the Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport's three-letter designation, YUL, a twin-tower, 38-storey, 800-unit condo development currently on the rise in downtown Montreal, has ascended more than a dozen storeys above grade over the last several months since our last update. Designed by MSDL for Brivia Group and Tianco Group, the large residential development will bring approximately 1000+ new residents to the neighbourhood, which is centrally located between two subway lines and many of the city's best attractions, restaurants, and bars. 

YUL on the rise, late September, image by Forum contributor skahhigh

Viewed from the rear in the photo above, the towers can already be seen rising above the common multi-storey podium. Below, a head-on view of one of the towers hints at the distinctive shape that the towers will eventually take on, the balconies and shifted block effect visible to those with keen eyes. 

YUL tower, with signature design elements visible, image by Forum contributor skahhigh

In the image below, the beginnings of exterior glazing can clearly be seen, with the first instances of cladding now being applied to the levels immediately above the entrance to the four-level underground parking garage.

Glass installation underway above the parking garage entrance, image by Forum contributor skahhigh

Viewed again below, the first bits of cladding are also now appearing on the towers. Composed of a pattern of small rectilinear window panes interchanged here and there with opaque panels, the full effect will be one of glass curtain wall punctuated by white voids, adding visual interest while reducing the total amount of glass, a wise choice in Montreal's cold climate.  

Cladding beginning to appear on tower levels, image by Forum contributor skahhigh

While it will some time until the exterior begins to look like the renderings, this sneak peak gives a hint as to the finished product. Note the inclusion of several four-storey townhomes which will be tacked onto the side of the development, facing a 20,000-square-foot park. 

YUL as it will appear upon completion, image via MSDL

Once complete, YUL will be a welcome addition to downtown Montreal, the already bustling, dense business district quickly becoming more and more of a place to live, work, eat, and play. Well served by transit and eminently walkable, downtown Montreal is the perfect location for a project of this size. 

SkyriseCities will be sure to return to this project as progress continues. For more information, check out the associated Database file and Forum thread, and as always, feel free to join the conversation in the comments section below.