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 and the catalyst for redevelopment of Toronto’s east waterfront, Corus Quay is the embodiment of an interactive facility that fosters new business and recreational growth while reconnecting the City to a previously underutilized area of its waterfront.  The media and entertainment hub was designed to respond to its context and draw the community to a new waterfront destination with its visible ground-floor studios broadcasting three of the City’s major radio stations, while 30-foot high motorized glass doors opening up the five-storey atrium to the waterfront encourage further community interaction. Corus Quay has inspired employment, economic growth and regeneration in Toronto’s old industrial lands.

Home to Corus Entertainment, the building’s five-storey glazed atrium forms a vibrant hub connecting the ground-floor radio stations, 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. Today, Corus Quay is the anchor of a new business and cultural community for the City’s waterfront. The vibrant architecture highlights the dynamic technologically focused interiors of Corus’s broadcasting functions and provides the community with a street level experience that contributes to the unique nature of this waterfront hub.

Client CreateTO
Completion 08/07/2010
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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