BREMNER OFFICE TOWER
120 Bremner Boulevard
Great West Life Realty Advisors
LEASE AS CATALYST
After the successful leasing and construction start for a new commercial office tower at 18 York in downtown Toronto, the developer and owner proceeded with a master plan for their remaining adjacent lands just south of union station at Toronto’s south core.
Out of this exercise came the commission for a second office tower located adjacent to the initial tower at 18 York.
Because of the tight site and the tower’s physical closeness and shared podium condition, the metaphor of a related couple is explored. Initially we played with almost identical towers (the fraternal twin scheme) and as the development brief evolved and the towers became unequal in height and floor plate, we substituted the metaphor of buildings as lovers, then siblings, as a way of relating the two towers on their campus, and as a way of producing an identity and a creative and market edge for the project.
From a leasing and public response point of view, the development is a big success.
The office towers are LEED gold.
KPMB Architects in association with Page + Steele
KPMB Architects Team: Thomas Payne (partner-in-charge), Chris Couse (principal-in-charge), Luigi LaRocca (principal), Glenn MacMullin, Kevin Thomas (associate), Victor Garzon (project architect), Rita Kiriakis (project architect), Erik Jensen, Lynn, Pilon, Richard Wong, Jennifer Kudlats, Glenn Ginter, Jose Emila, James Strong, Andrew Hill, Nicholas Caron, Sanaz Shirshekar, Jessica Juvet
Urban Strategies Inc. (planning and development), Halcrow Yolles (structural), The Mitchell Partnership Inc. (mechanical), Mulvey & Banani International Inc (electrical), Soberman Engineering (elevator), Corban and Goode (landscape), Leber/Rubes Inc. (code), Extreme Measures Inc. (area measurements), Lea Consulting Ltd. (civil, traffic, parking), Marshall Macklin Monaghan (surveyor), E.R.A (heritage), Halsall (sustainability), RWDI (wind), Aercoustics Engineering Ltd. (acoustics), Terraprobe Ltd. (geotechnical), Standard Parking of Canada (parking controls), Cini-Little (waste handling), Bhandari Plater / Entro Communications (signage), HydroSense (irrigation design), Turner & Townsend cm2r (cost), Brook Van Dalen & Associates Ltd. (façade consultant)