111 Richmond Street West

Toronto, Ontario
Client:
Oxford Properties Group
Size:
21,000 m2 | 230,000 ft2
Completion:
2011
Sustainability:
LEED Gold
Scope of Service:
Full Architectural Services

This historically-designated 15-storey office building is a prime example of the influence of British Modernism on Canadian mid-century architecture. Originally designed by modernist architect Peter Dickinson in 1954, the building’s recent revitalization has been designed by WZMH.

The firm’s approach maintains the modernist character and reinforces the heritage of the original building while providing space to meet contemporary workplace needs. The design includes the conservation and restoration of the building envelope, entrances, and main lobby, redesign of the core, and careful insertion of new mechanical and electrical systems into the existing structure. With these systems and a concrete coffer structure exposed to increase the height of the spaces, the renewed interior has a loft-like aesthetic, attracting Google Canada to choose the building as its downtown headquarters. Other improvements include the addition of a link to the PATH system and the expansion of the lobby to extend towards, and create an entrance from, a newly completed courtyard.

The restored picturesque multi-colour marble feature wall in the ground floor elevator lobby recalls an aesthetic first exhibited at the 1951 Festival of Britain. Contributing to the project’s LEED Gold certification, single-pane glazing has been replaced with a system of energy-efficient thermally-broken double-glazed units that pay homage in colour and proportion to the original glazing.