The project is a modernist building inspired by and paying homage to, the distinctive character of the architecture of Toronto’s Financial Core. The highly transparent tower base seamlessly incorporates the historic façade of the National Building on Bay street (designed by Chapman and Oxley. 1926) and the lobby features a major integrated public art project by the world-renowned artist James Turrel. The project also has a half-acre outdoor urban plaza landscaped with ginkgo trees and ornamental grasses that frame benches and an open seating area, contributing a much-needed public open space to the central business district. Certified to a LEED Gold standard, the project is among Canada’s largest sustainable buildings.
The tower contains more than 100,840 sq meters of rentable class-AAA office space, as well as over 3,700 sq meters of below grade retail space linked to the extensive underground PATH network.
The Bay Adelaide Center is a signature 51-story tower in downtown Toronto distinguished by its elemental modernist form – a refined rectangular plan with notched corners – and a prism-like skin of clear and fritted glass that make it one of the downtown core’s most transparent towers. At the top of the tower the extension of the glass skin beyond the rooftop gives the building profile a distinctive identity.