333 King Street East

Toronto, Ontario
First Gulf
35,500 m2 | 382,000 ft2
Scope of Service:
Full Architectural Services


Award of Engineering Merit, CISC Ontario Steel Design Awards, 2013

Located on a site of one of Toronto’s early settlements, the original Town of York, this project encompasses the adaptive reuse of the former home of the Toronto Sun and includes repurposing the existing building for new tenants, adding significant space to house a signature tenant, and creating an animated retail street edge at grade on King Street East.

A new glass pavilion rests above the existing masonry structure, sensitively maintaining the scale of the adjacent heritage buildings. The three-storey addition provides significant new office space and a central multi-storey atrium for Coca Cola Canada. A pattern of expressed vertical aluminum fins, suspended in front of the glazing, references the window proportions of the masonry building below.

Ground floor retail accommodates a large grocery store, as well as various retailers and service providers. Upper floors of the existing building serve the diverse needs of Scotia Bank and George Brown College. Stairs and elevators were added to accommodate the heavy traffic flows generated by the College. Much of the existing structure was upgraded to accommodate the addition, including building code requirements for seismic upgrades.