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80 Atlantic is Toronto’s first timber office building in generations

By Alex Abarbanel-Brossman
The Architect’s Newspaper
January 15, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

A look around Toronto’s seemingly innumerable construction sites tends to reveal building materials common to many North American cities. …But a new mass timber office building in the Liberty Village neighborhood points in a different direction. Designed by Canadian firm Quadrangle for Hullmark Development… the five-story, 90,000-square-foot 80 Atlantic debuted this past fall as Toronto’s first wood-frame office building in over a century. …According to the designers, uncovering the original post-and-beam structure at 60 Atlantic inspired the idea for a mass timber neighbor, now newly legal thanks to a 2015 change in regional building codes that allows for mass timber structures of up to six stories. “We started to imagine a modern wood office building that took all of the best parts of the old post and beam building.”

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