The new iconic tower, now under construction, will forever alter the Toronto skyline with a shape that was designed specifically for the site at 160 Front Street. The building’s form was sculpted in response to extensive environmental analysis, one of which included that the main axis of the building should ideally be oriented parallel to the direction of the site’s prevailing winds, minimizing its resistance to the wind’s lateral loads.
A significant amount of time was spent on analysis. The resulting design is tapered both at the top and the bottom, assisting the structure when resisting wind, minimizing its effect on the pedestrian realm, and creating a spacious respite to the compressed neighboring sidewalks.
160 Front Street is contextually integrated to the street grid of Toronto’s urban fabric and enhances the pedestrian experience by creating broader sidewalks with landscaped areas both on Simcoe Street and Front Street. The adjacent 6-story masonry heritage building will be renovated and integrated into the architecture and program of the tower, providing an historical perspective to the tenants of the building.
The building incorporates a state-of-the-art exterior wall with other passive sustainable strategies, helping the building achieve both LEED® Platinum and WELL Building Standard® certification. To ensure continued sustainability monitoring, once completed, 160 Front Street will be subject to the rigorous standards of Green at Work® by Cadillac Fairview, the client’s award-winning sustainability program.
The interior of the building features an expansive 33-foot tall lobby with floor-to-ceiling glazing and stone finishes. Throughout the building, 9-feet-6-inch x 2.9-meter ceiling heights, with floor-to-ceiling glass, have spectacular views of Toronto’s skyline and offer an amazing quality of light for flexible and efficient workspaces. Daylight harvesting controls will help the building yield significant savings in lighting energy consumption and maximize the energy-saving potential of the building’s high-performance curtain wall system. 160 Front Street is also incorporating unparalleled amenities including a green roof at the podium level and several outdoor ‘inlets’ with tenant access from their workspaces.
The building was tailored for business. It was designed to specifically appeal to quality conscious tenants seeking to relocate to a world-class building, in a world-class city, with a bold and distinctive Architecture that will serve to enhance the tenant’s corporate identity.
The tower is designed by AS+GG in collaboration with B+H Architects as the Architect of Record and has 111,000 sm of leasable Class-A office space; 4 levels of below-grade parking for 340 cars; and bike storage for 450 bikes. Construction started in Q1 of 2019 and is scheduled for completion in 2023.