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Ruta Krau

To breathe new life into the public spaces of this mixed-use complex originally constructed in the mid-1970s, the architecture and lighting teams developed a new architectural language using different glass elements. Lighting was coordinated to complement the different levels of reflectivity of the material palette (wood and glass) and employed a variety of techniques from backlit panels to frosted mirrors to covelighting. The renovation established a clear navigational sequence with a main entrance, retail spine, and a new elevator core in the central atrium space. The renovation results in a series of spaces that are open and airy and feel luminous throughout the day.

Ruta Krau
Ruta Krau
Ruta Krau

Jury Comments:
Really well done. • There is a subtly to the project and the use of reflection without being overwhelming.

Project: 777 Bay, Toronto
Client: Canderel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Architect: WZMH Architects, Toronto
Lighting Designer: Mulvey & Banani International Inc. (MBII), Toronto
Team Members: John White, Mohammed Al-Atheri, Paul Boken
Additional Consultants: Structural Engineer: Stephenson Engineering, Toronto; Mechanical Engineer: Parsons Brinckerhoff Halsall, Toronto; Electrical Engineer: Ianuzziello & Associates, Toronto; Construction Manager: Reliance, Toronto
Photographer: Ruta Krau
Project Size: 25,000 square feet
Project Cost: $32 million
Lighting Costs: $2.1 million
Watts per Square Foot: 0.9
Code Compliance: OBC (Ontario Building Code) and Energy Guidelines based on ASHRAE 90.1 2010
Manufacturers: Acuity Brands Lighting/Gotham; Acuity Brands Lighting/Lithonia, Acuity Brands Lighting/Mark Architectural Lighting, ETC, Eureka Lighting, Forms + Surfaces, iGuzzini, LED Linear, Litelab, Lumenpulse, Viabizzuno

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