National banking headquarters for RBC will link the City’s waterfront to the financial core
RBC Waterpark Place, the new national banking headquarters for the Royal Bank of Canada, will be a model of sustainable design, the first downtown office building in Toronto to achieve a LEED Platinum rating. The 1.2m-sq-ft project will be Phase 3 of an existing 2 tower commercial development on Queen’s Quay West adjacent to the City’s downtown waterfront.
The project provides office space in a 30 storey tower and a 7 storey podium. There are 2 floors of retail and 3 levels of parking below grade. It is anticipated that the majority of staff and visitors will arrive on foot to the project via a second-level PATH route that links the project directly to Union Station, the major commuter hub for downtown Toronto.
The tower massing is comprised of two rectangular volumes of differing heights, offset from one another, to create a sense of slenderness and verticality. The podium appears to penetrate through the tower, its western end a pristine 'jewel box' suspended over a park. The architecture is modern and minimal. It creates a language of sustainability with fritted glass sun shades, vertical on the east and west and horizontal on the south building faces.
A highly transparent skin of low iron glass will create a strong visual link between the inside and outside of the double height office lobby. On the interior, finishes of limestone, marble and teak wood, are light and warm, celebrating the abundance of daylight in the lobby.
The exterior landscape takes its cues from the Waterfront Toronto design that includes Canadian red granite cobbles that will stretch 1.5 km along Queens Quay and create an iconic waterfront promenade. Office floors and building systems are designed for high density populations. Column bays are sized to suit specific bank workstation modules, and exterior columns are flattened to allow unimpeded layouts.