We were invited by our Canadian client, OMERS Oxford Properties, to design an office tower located in the financial district opposite Canada’s tallest skyscraper. The site incorporates a protected 16-storey Art Deco office building, with a highly decorative polychromatic façade and a lobby inspired by Native Canadian motifs. At more than 50 storeys above ground level, our new proposal for an AAA building is among the tallest designs in Toronto’s financial district with magnificent panoramic views across this dynamic city and Lake Ontario. To achieve the slenderness required for a tower of this height and footprint, and to maintain efficient floor plates, the structure is braced externally on the two flank elevations. Super-efficient double-decker lifts reduce the overall size of the central core. The design incorporates many innovative environmental systems to achieve an ambitious sustainability brief.
Elements of the existing façade can be fully appreciated as the new 16-storey high public entrance foyer incorporates the flank of the retained building, and the decorative Art Deco parapets that frame the original roof enclose a spectacular dining venue with terraces. At the top of the new tower, a four-storey winter garden houses mature trees that are visible from across the city.