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The Globe and Mail Centre

First Gulf

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Client: First Gulf
Completion: 2017
LEED: Gold (Candidate)

Photography: Tom Arban

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Comprising vertically stacked blocks of varying heights, the office tower provides commanding views in every direction. The stacked boxes feature alternating footprints that allow for a rhythmic sequence of cantilevered viewing terraces on all sides of the building, providing the structure with a unique and contemporary profile. A high-performance building envelope and advanced glazing system supplies the energy-efficient LEED Gold candidate tower with daylighting deep into the core. Ten-foot-high windows maximize views and are calibrated to provide crisp expression to the building’s innovative form while maintaining construction efficiency through repeatable formwork.

At grade, ample setbacks on all three street frontages provide shelter and increased width to the city sidewalks. A public arcade connects King Street at the north end of the site with Front Street to the south, creating a new 24-hour, fully accessible pedestrian mid-block connection for the surrounding community. Retail along all three street frontages as well as along both sides of the new arcade will ensure additional street activity for the area even outside of traditional business hours.

THE TEAM

sbondar@dsai.ca
kbrozik@dsai.ca
ccarbonneau@dsai.ca
Carrie Chan
ddow@dsai.ca
Branka Gazibara
bgazibara@dsai.ca
Michael Jess
Persis Lam
mlukasik@dsai.ca
Giuseppe Mandarino
dmcdowell@dsai.ca
Fernanda Rubin
dschmitt@dsai.ca
jshifman@dsai.ca
Joseph Yau
sbondar@dsai.ca
ccarbonneau@dsai.ca
ddow@dsai.ca
Michael Jess
mlukasik@dsai.ca
dmcdowell@dsai.ca
dschmitt@dsai.ca
Joseph Yau
kbrozik@dsai.ca
Carrie Chan
Branka Gazibara
bgazibara@dsai.ca
Persis Lam
Giuseppe Mandarino
Fernanda Rubin
jshifman@dsai.ca