Contemporary Bay Adelaide Centre merges seamlessly with 1920s classic architecture
Similar in scale to the surrounding bank towers, the 51 storey Bay Adelaide Centre Tower, completed in January 2010, is located on the western edge of a development site that occupies 2 city blocks in the financial core of the City of Toronto.
The project contains over 111,000 sq m of rentable class-AAA office space and includes over 3,700 sq m of below-grade retail space linked to the downtown’s PATH system. The new tower is the first phase of a three tower complex, with an urban plaza at its heart. Over ½ acre in size, the urban plaza, constructed as part of the first phase of the project provides a public amenity suitable for casual enjoyment or major events.
Located on Bay Street, the tower is set back from the street to respect the datum created by the cornice lines of historic buildings along the street known as the 'Bay Street Canyon'. Contributing to the canyon, the re-constructed façade of the National Building built in 1926, designed by Chapman and Oxley, is seamlessly integrated into the design of the new tower.
At the corner of Bay and Adelaide Streets the highly transparent main building lobby, with walls clad in classic Statuario marble and Makore wood, engages passers-by. At night, the illuminated lobby becomes a 'beacon' at the corner of Bay and Adelaide Streets. A significant Public Art installation by lighting artist James Turrell faces Adelaide Street.
Below grade, a retail concourse, the 'missing link' of the city’s underground path system, completes the route from Union Station to Eaton Centre. A unique glass walkway within the plaza and escalators in the office lobby provide daylight to, and orientation for, the path below.