Yonge Office

Toronto, ON

The owner of this project wears many hats, including a businessman, philanthropist and live-performance impresario. The building, which will serve as his head office, has been imagined as his theatre. The rejuvenated century house acts as the ‘front of house,’ receiving the public within a variety of assembly spaces, while the new addition, or ‘stage and fly tower,’ rises behind housing the staff of ‘actors’ performing the daily ‘plays’ within. Durability and longevity are the cornerstones of this project’s sustainability, which has been manifested in part by the reuse of the bricks and mortar of the original house, thus pushing its embodied carbon forward another 100-plus years. Future resilience is built into the design by constructing the foundations and structure to accommodate an additional four storeys, in anticipation of future revisions to by-laws that allow greater height. This will minimize future deconstruction, thus pushing the addition’s embodied carbon forward as far as possible.

Contractor: Vaughan Build
Interior Designer: Jacqueline Orr Designs
Structural Engineer: Blackwell Engineers
MEP Engineer: Smith + Andersen Engineering
Building Science Consultant: RDH Building Science
Code Consultant: LRI Engineering
Landcape Architect: Bosque Landscape Architecture
Geotechnical Engineer: Haddad Geotechnical
Shoring Engineer: Grounded Engineering
Civil Engineer: RJ Burnside & Associates
Transportation Engineer: Trans-Plan Transportation
Acoustic Engineer: Aercoustics
Arborist: Ontree
Specifications: Scientext
Heritage Consultant: ERA Architects
Renderings: acLab (Kyrylo Lobach)