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Three-Storey Office Proposal on Perth Redesigned in Resubmission (goodbye wood – hello concrete and steel)

By Jack Landau
Urban Toronto
May 20, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

A proposed office building on Perth Avenue … in Toronto’s Junction Triangle, has been resubmitted with a revised plan. The project was first submitted in June, 2017, with a wood-heavy plan called i2 Stack, with Ontario Hardwood Products Ltd commissioning a Williamson Williamson Architects design. The original submission was inspired by the client’s work in wood, taking a mass-timber structural system rich to the exterior. …The April, 2020 resubmission features a completely new design from Ferdinand Wagner Architect… In place of the previous plan’s mass-timber structure, the new plan calls for a structural steel skeleton surrounding a concrete core. Similarly, the wood finishes in the original avant garde design have been replaced by a more conventional envelope that would consist of brick framing tinted glazed windows and black slab-edge spandrel panels. …The building’s mix of brick and glazing has been designed to acknowledge both the residential and industrial character of the surrounding streets.

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