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Quadrangle Architects Limited, Toronto, Canada

Thursday 31 Mar 2011

Four-seeing the future

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Exploring sophisticated technology to realise projects that are kind to the earth 

Quadrangle Architects Limited are unashamedly Canadian. They believe the inspirational power of architecture should be accessible to everyone in the workplaces, residences and commercial spaces of everyday life. They believe beauty and business go together, and that creative design and sustainability are inseparable. They use the tools of their craft - light, space, materials and movement - to build for emerging industries and create commercial value. They explore sophisticated technology to realise projects that are kind to the earth.

Originality in the air - 130 Bloor Street: For Toronto's most prestigious location, Quadrangle imagined an ultra-luxury condominium development built atop an existing modernist tower. Challenges included reinforcing the existing structure, preserving a Philip Johnson penthouse and keeping offices open. This project won the 2009 RAIC Award for Innovation (December 2009).

Rethinking the workplace - Corus Entertainment: An innovative re-imagining of the media workplace, this 50,000 sq m interior adapted a base building to house television, radio and new media operations. With a sophisticated digital infrastructure, the project reorganises work and social spaces to enable serious creative play. With a remarkably small environmental footprint, the project is a LEED Canada-CI Gold targeted interior within a LEED Canada-CS Gold targeted building in a neighbourhood targeting LEED-ND Gold (September 2010).

Urban transformation - Green Ribbon: Toronto's Gardiner Expressway is a relic of automobile-centred urban thinking. While it's a vital artery, it separates Toronto from its redeveloped waterfront. Quadrangle envisions building a ribbon of public space above the traffic, using the expressway's special form to float a green ribbon into the city's core.

Honouring Urban context - Studio on Richmond: This 850 unit condominium development is set among the warehouses and factories that powered Toronto's growth a century ago. Composed to reinforce this urban fabric, the project's warehouse-style podiums play against dynamic stacked towers, whilst optimising commercial value.

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