Royal Bank Plaza

Toronto, Ontario
Client:
Royal Bank of Canada, Oxford Properties Group
Size:
209,000 m2 | 2,250,000 ft2
Completion:
1976 (Original) | 2009 (Repositioning)
Scope of Service:
Full Architectural Services

Awards:

NAIOP REX Award, Office Development of the Year, 2008

Canadian Architect, Awards of Excellence Recipient, 1972

The Royal Bank Plaza, one of downtown Toronto’s most iconic banking buildings, houses the international headquarters of the Royal Bank of Canada in two triangular office towers, 41- and 26-storeys high. Clad in gold reflective glass, the towers are linked by a 40-metre-high glass-enclosed banking hall —the core of the development. The external glazed walls were designed using a sawtooth window form on a 1.5 metre module, producing a richly-textured surface that reflects the light in a variety of changing tones and colour, depending on the time of day. The interior lower levels provide spacious public banking facilities and pedestrian access through the site. Adjacent to Union Station, the project is a gateway to the City’s underground PATH system.

In 2008, WZMH was responsible for design updates that included modernizing the retail mall, food court, and office lobbies, reinforcing the corporate prestige of the Royal Bank Plaza landmark. The repositioning project adapted the building to the evolving needs of this busy pedestrian precinct with a design that embraces principles of openness and transparency —drawing people through the main entrances into a contemporary and welcoming lobby.  More than half of the renovated area consists of retail upgrades, anchored by a new central concourse. Two escalators and a cascading water feature provide a visual connection to the expanded 625-seat food court.