Project

The Bridge

The Bridge

This bold move is accomplished by an innovative structural solution: steel masts are erected in the narrow lane between the two heritage buildings that extend up to and through the new building. Above the masts, suspension rods are hung down to support the new office floors, much like the structure of a suspension bridge. This allows the structural loading of the new office building to be carried down to the ground by the masts with absolutely no columns or structure penetrating the occupied heritage buildings below. This development will be truly unique as it floats above the existing heritage buildings.  

At the west side of the property, a new building reflects the scale and character of the existing loft buildings but this additional element will hold street fronting retail space, the building lobby and lounge,  the elevator and stair core which will serve the office hovering above. Spanning over the small city lots, the new office space is designed with effective floor plates exceeding 20,000 s.f..

Several large outdoor terraces and double-height amenity spaces are included in the design of the building that will cater to the technology and creative industry tenants that gravitate to the King West area of Toronto. While respecting the heritage character of the neighbourhood, this building makes a bold statement with striking architecture and an innovative structure to become and new landmark building for Allied Properties REIT.

Credits
Awards
2020
Client
Allied Properties REIT
Location
Toronto, Ontario
Area
330,000
 s.f.
Completed
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This exciting office development located in the vibrant and historical King West area of Toronto integrates a new 330,000 s.f. high performance office building with two existing heritage buildings without disturbing them and incorporates another heritage building into the lobby. In this design, two historically significant Toronto brick-and-beam heritage loft buildings are preserved in their entirety and a new office building is suspended over them. This enables the intensification of the site while conserving the heritage character of the neighbourhood.
Client
Allied Properties REIT
Credits
Location
379-391 Adelaide Street West
Toronto, Ontario
Area
330,000
 s.f.
Storeys
Units
Related Markets
Related Services

This bold move is accomplished by an innovative structural solution: steel masts are erected in the narrow lane between the two heritage buildings that extend up to and through the new building. Above the masts, suspension rods are hung down to support the new office floors, much like the structure of a suspension bridge. This allows the structural loading of the new office building to be carried down to the ground by the masts with absolutely no columns or structure penetrating the occupied heritage buildings below. This development will be truly unique as it floats above the existing heritage buildings.  

At the west side of the property, a new building reflects the scale and character of the existing loft buildings but this additional element will hold street fronting retail space, the building lobby and lounge,  the elevator and stair core which will serve the office hovering above. Spanning over the small city lots, the new office space is designed with effective floor plates exceeding 20,000 s.f..

Several large outdoor terraces and double-height amenity spaces are included in the design of the building that will cater to the technology and creative industry tenants that gravitate to the King West area of Toronto. While respecting the heritage character of the neighbourhood, this building makes a bold statement with striking architecture and an innovative structure to become and new landmark building for Allied Properties REIT.

Awards
2020