Scotia Plaza

Toronto, Ontario
Client:
Campeau Corporation and Bank of Nova Scotia (Original)
Dream Unlimited (Upgrades)
Size:
220,000 m2 | 2,370,000 ft2
Completion:
1989 (Original) | 2017 (Upgrades)
Scope of Service:
Full Architectural Services

Clad in “Napoleon Red” granite, a departure from Toronto’s conventional colour palette, Scotia Plaza is a distinctive tower in the city’s financial district. Serving both as Scotiabank’s international headquarters and office space for other corporations, the 68-storey tower is currently the fourth tallest building in Canada.

Folds in the building massing accentuate its slender proportions and create multiple wraparound scenic views on each floor. A latticework of square windows on the facades is punctuated by a large sculpted recess at the top of the tower that creates a unique silhouette within the city skyline. Structurally innovative, the tower is constructed using high-strength reinforced concrete.

At street level, a soaring 11-storey atrium links the tower with the bank’s original Toronto headquarters —a 26-storey historic limestone building— to form an impressive new entrance to the bank complex. The building’s six underground floors feature a pedestrian concourse connecting the development to Toronto’s extensive underground PATH system of retail space and subway stations.

In recent years, WZMH was responsible for design updates that included modernizing the lobby to create a brighter and more open space. This new atrium becomes a central hub to the complex, orienting people as they move through and provides a focal point  with a wall sized screen for currents events. Within the adjoining food court, the space has been brightened. A more contemporary seating has been incorporated, extending into the atrium and lower concourse areas to connect them to the food court, with the main finishes being about materiality. The food court then appears continuous with the main lobby and concourse spaces, becoming an integral part of the Scotia Plaza complex.