Bay Adelaide East Tower and Podium

Bay Adelaide East Tower and Podium

Architect
KPMB Architects

Era Architects

WZMH Architects
Location
40 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5H 2R2, Canada | View Map
Project Year
2016
Category
Offices
Stories By
KPMB Architects

Entro
Tom Arban

Bay Adelaide East Tower and Podium

KPMB Architects as Design Architects

“possibly the most elegant of all Toronto office towers.” – Urban Toronto


The East Tower is the second of a three-phase development to create the Bay Adelaide Centre complex, a new mixed-use commercial office centre in Toronto’s Financial District.


Sited to frame Arnell Plaza with the West Tower (WZMH, 2009), a future North Tower will complete the composition. The East Tower, unlike the West Tower, required a more complex massing strategy to include a seven-storey podium and the relocation and reconstruction of two heritage façades of buildings that formerly occupied the site.


30-foot (9.5-m) ceilings and low-iron structural glazing establish the lobby as a commanding presence. Ipanema beige granite floors, statuario marble outer core walls, quarter-cut walnut inner lobbies and elevator cabs with frosted mirror glass extend from the lobby to the concourse. It is intentionally serene, as a counterpoint to the fast-paced urban life outside.


The east walls on either side of the elevator core feature a public art work, Two Circles, by Toronto-based conceptual artist, Micah Lexier. Made of over 1.6 million black and white tiles, one wall features a big black dot, facing Adelaide; the other a large ring of black facing Temperance Street. The artist’s intention was to “evoke the lines of the minutiae of our existence, like the heartbeats of an electrocardiogram, or stock market swings…”. Its impact on the street is seen from quite a distance, but it is the rare individual who will justify the time to study the deceptively simple piece close up.


Deloitte

Entro as Consultants

Deloitte’s Bay Adelaide East office in Toronto is a result of a corpo­rate commit­ment to work­places designed for the future and a vision of a space that is not simply for work, but also for commu­nity.
 

Archi­tec­ture, inte­rior design and graph­ics merge into an envi­ron­ment intended to inspire, encour­age, engage, and culti­vate growth, learn­ing and collab­o­ra­tion.
 

Entro’s environmental graphics program for Deloitte enables that favourable connec­tion to the work­space, that feeling of connectedness.
 

Emphasis is placed on notions of locality, of Toronto, of Canada… of 'home'.
 

By giving each floor a differ­ent char­ac­ter or flavour, people are able to choose an area they want to work in.

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