Corus Quay

“The Diamond Schmitt team worked tirelessly to satisfy requirements of the newly formed Waterfront Design Review Panel and to integrate the many and varied parameters required by the numerous governing interests involved in redeveloping Toronto’s waterfront. The resulting building boasts an air of restraint, minimalism and simple elegance which showcases the activities within and complements its waterfront context.”

Carlo Bonanni, Vice President, Land and Development Planning, CreateTO

Constructed on a remediated 2.4-acre site, Corus Quay is a catalyst for redevelopment of Toronto’s east waterfront. It embodies an interactive facility, fostering new business and recreational growth while reconnecting the city to a previously underutilized area of its downtown waterfront.

Home to Corus Entertainment, the building’s five-storey glazed atrium forms a vibrant hub, connecting three radio stations on the ground floor, a large reception area, and multiple sliding doors that open out to performance stages on the waterfront. Beyond form, the atrium unites efficient but large floor plates while maximizing daylight penetration and recycling air through a five-storey bio-wall.

A media and entertainment hub, the building responds to its context and draws the community to a new waterfront destination. The activities inside the building’s ground floor are visible due to the use of long-span glazing on the façade. This architectural gesture animates the surrounding area with the activities of city’s three major broadcasting radio stations; 30-foot high motorized glass doors open up the five-storey atrium to the waterfront and encourage further community interaction. Corus Quay has inspired employment, economic growth, and regeneration in Toronto’s old industrial lands.

Client CreateTO
Completion 2010
Sustainability LEED Gold Certified

Photography Richard Johnson, Elizabeth Gyde,

Awards See all project awards
2012 Green Roofs for Healthy Cities – Green Wall Award
2011 Canadian Urban Institute Brownie Awards – Excellence in Project Development, Building Scale
2011 ed+c Magazine Excellence in Design Awards – Award Finalist, Commercial
2011 NAIOP Real Estate Excellence (REX) awards – Office Development of the Year
2008 American Society of Architecture Illustrators – Award of Excellence, Formal Rendering
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